Seared salmon is an excellent choice for a quick family meal. Delicious, yet ready in minutes, preparing this favorite is as easy as seasoning and sautéeing in olive oil.

Seared Salmon with Cucumber

Seared salmon is an excellent choice for a quick family meal. Delicious, yet ready in minutes, preparing this favorite is as easy as seasoning and sautéeing in olive oil.

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (2-pound) salmon with skin on, about 1 inch thick
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ¾ teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 1 cucumber, cut into julienne strips
  • 2 cups red and/or yellow cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • Lemon wedges, for garnish

Directions

Cut salmon into four fillets. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Sprinkle salmon with ½ teaspoon salt and pepper.

Place salmon in skillet and cook for 5 to 6 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork, turning once. Remove skin and discard. 

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss together cucumber, tomatoes and cilantro. For dressing, combine red wine vinegar, 3 tablespoons olive oil and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Stir dressing into cucumber mixture. To serve, divide cucumber mixture among four plates; top with salmon. If desired, garnish with lemon wedges.