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Salmon with Salsa Verde

Salmon with Salsa Verde and Israeli Couscous

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Chef Elana's condiment obsession runs deep, and by deep, we mean that she named our meeting rooms after iconic international sauces! She especially loves Mediterranean salsa verde, the deep-green sauce featured in this Popular Recipe. The sauce has an impressive balance of fresh parsley, tangy capers, and garlic that easily cuts through the richness of seared salmon. It’s served over a bed of fluffy couscous, almonds, and sautéed vegetables for a gorgeous, satisfying summer plate.

  • Stovetop Only
Serving size
Prep & cook time
Cooking Skill
  • Calories 820
  • Protein 41g
  • Total Carb 67g
  • Total Fat 42g

Given the cook-at-home nature of Plated and natural variation in ingredients, nutritional information is approximated. See details.

Ingredients & Equipment

What we send

  • parsley
    • 1/2 ounce
    • parsley
  • capers
    • 1 teaspoon
    • capers
  • cornichons
    • 2
    • cornichons
  • lemon
    • 1
    • lemon
  • scallion
    • 1
    • scallion
  • garlic
    • 1 clove
    • garlic
  • Israeli couscous
    • 1 cup
    • Israeli couscous
  • white wine vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon
    • white wine vinegar
  • baby spinach
    • 3 ounces
    • baby spinach
  • peas
    • 1/2 cup
    • peas
  • slivered almonds
    • 2 tablespoons
    • slivered almonds
  • salmon
    • 10 ounces
    • salmon

What You’ll Need

  • olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • 8" medium pot
  • 10" medium nonstick pan with lid


Cooking Steps

  1. Prepare ingredients

    Prepare ingredients

    Bring a medium pot of water to a boil over high heat. Rinse all produce. Finely chop parsley leaves, discarding stems. Finely chop capers and cornichons. Halve lemon. Trim and discard scallion root, then thinly slice. Mince garlic and, still on cutting board, sprinkle over ⅛ teaspoon salt. Using a large knife, carefully scrape over mixture at a 45° angle, pressing down repeatedly until a smooth paste forms. 

  2. Cook couscous

    Cook couscous

    Season boiling water generously with salt. Stir in couscous and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain and return to pot, off heat. 

  3. Make salsa verde

    Make salsa verde

    While couscous cooks, in a medium bowl, stir together white wine vinegar, parsley, capers, cornichons, garlic paste, juice of ½ lemon, 2 tablespoons olive oil, ⅛ teaspoon salt, and pepper as desired to combine. Set aside until ready to serve.

  4. Finish couscous

    Finish couscous

    Heat ½ tablespoon olive oil in a medium nonstick pan over medium heat. When oil is shimmering, add spinach and peas and cook, stirring to wilt spinach, about 2 minutes. Transfer spinach and peas to pot with couscous, along with almonds, scallion, ¼ teaspoon salt, and pepper as desired and stir to combine. Set aside until ready to serve. Wipe pan from vegetables clean. Pat salmon dry with paper towel and season all over with ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper

  5. Sear salmon and char lemon

    Sear salmon and char lemon

    Return pan from vegetables to medium heat with 2 teaspoons olive oil. When oil is shimmering, add salmon skin-side down and remaining lemon cut-side down. Sear together until salmon is golden on bottom, 5 minutes. Flip salmon and cover pan, keeping lid slightly ajar for steam to escape. Continue searing until salmon is cooked through and opaque and lemon is charred, 3-5 minutes more. 

  6.  Plate salmon and couscous

    Plate salmon and couscous

    Divide Israeli couscous between serving plates and top with salmon. Spoon over salsa verde. Squeeze charred lemon over salmon and dig in!

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