Crispy Salmon and Wilted Chard


Economy is a beautiful thing: Food & Wine test kitchen deputy editor Justin Chapple’s tarragon vinaigrette flavors both earthy chard and buttery pan-seared salmon. Slideshow: More Salmon Recipes 

Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 2 tablespoons Champagne vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped tarragon, plus leaves for garnish

  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • Kosher salt

  • Pepper

  • 1 pound rainbow Swiss chard, stems cut into 2-inch lengths and leaves coarsely torn

  • 1 large shallot, minced

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • Four 5- to 6-ounce salmon fillets


  1. In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar with the chopped tarragon, mustard, honey and ¼ cup of the olive oil. Season the vinaigrette with salt and pepper.

  2. In a large saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the chard stems, shallot and garlic and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the stems are softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chard leaves in large handfuls and cook until just wilted, about 5 minutes. Stir in half of the vinaigrette and season with salt and pepper.

  3. Meanwhile, season the salmon with salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil until shimmering. Add the salmon, skin side down, and cook over moderately high heat, pressing gently with a spatula to flatten, until the skin is browned and crisp, about 3 minutes. Flip the salmon and cook until medium within, about 3 minutes. Transfer the salmon and wilted chard to plates. Garnish with tarragon leaves and serve, passing the remaining vinaigrette at the table.

    Crispy Salmon with Wilted Chard
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