Friday, August 27, 2010

Simple Salmon and Emily’s Couscous Salad

Hi guys!  Happy Friday!  Did this week seem long to you?  For some reason, all day Monday I kept thinking it was Tuesday or Thursday.  Needless to say, it made a majorly long week. 

The other day I was eating my cereal in the morning and reading blogs, (so what else is new?) when I saw a recipe on A Nutritionist Eats, that grabbed me.  Not only because it looked tasty, healthy, and easy (which scores 3 points in my book,) but I had everything on hand, and was looking for a way to use up some of those very same ingredients.  This was a recipe that was not going to be on my “To Try” list for long.  Oh no.  As soon as I finished my bowl of cereal, I mosied on into the kitchen and began making it.   I knew it would go great with the salmon I had in the fridge for dinner.

Summer Couscous Salad 


Yum!  Light and flavorful, I will make this one again and again.  I forgot how easy it is to turn one of our favorite grains, into a salad instead of always eating it hot.

Salmon was easy-peasy.  I usually like to do a marinade or rub, etc. but this time, I kept it simple and just let it set in lemon juice and fresh dill while we prepared the grill. 

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We poured the 2009 J. Lohr Estates Wildflower Valdiguié.

 2009 J. Lohr Estates Wildflower Valdiguié

A red blend that had lots of berry, low tannins,  and complimented the dinner fabulously.  Little did I know at the time, the winemaker’s suggestion is to serve with grilled salmon!  For around $10, I’m not sure I loved it enough to get it over the J Lohr Seven Oaks Cab.

As for exercise, today I’m going to swim laps again.  I’ve been a bit uninspired this week with working out.  I’m so over the 110+ temperatures, and the humidity we get this time of the year is making me downright lethargic.  I plan to get back on track with my routine this weekend.   I need to bring some strength training back into my life!

Do you ever make a recipe you’ve seen on a blog, TV, or magazine right away?


  1. Looks awesome! Perfect summer meal :)

    I always book mark recipes I want to try from blogs, and it takes me forever to get to them, but I'm always happy when I do :)

  2. So glad you liked it!! :) Enjoy your weeknd! I'll email you about your visit to MN!

  3. Thank you so much for your comment on my blog! It led me to your blog - which I LOVE! So happy to find a new one! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! :)

  4. Yes, I'm actually making an apple dessert tonight that I saw on a blog :) I just couldn't wait to try it!

  5. Great recipe! And to answer your question, usually the only way I'll end up making a recipe is if I make it right away. I have a "must make" file that I'll never get through because it's sooooo big... And there is nothing better than finding a recipe you like and having all (or almost all of the ingredients) to make it...

    Have a great weekend!

  6. I print out so many recipes it's ridiculous. Eventually I get to them! :) Your salmon looks fabulous!

  7. i used to drink J.Lohr back in Canada! i think it was called "painter bridge", a red zin. love Australian wine of course, but i definitely miss California zin.

    (to tell you the truth, i bookmark a lot of recipes, but i still need to learn how to cook. i make a mean bowl of cereal though :P )

  8. I don't think I could deal with 110 degrees! Swimming sounds like the perfect workout.

    I love salmon! Probably my favorite fish. The whole meal looks wonderful :)

  9. Your dish looks amazing!! Perfect summer dish!