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Friday, February 28, 2014

{Pan Seared Salmon with Cilantro, Mint Sauce}

Friends,  we made it to Friday!  I cannot even begin to tell you how happy I am that the week is over!  It has just been one of those weeks!   Buts lets not fret over a week that has passed, lets look ahead to the weekend!  And more importantly, lets talk about this amazingly delicious and oh so simple salmon recipe!  

The idea for this salmon recipe popped into my head one sleepless night this week.  So I quickly flipped on the light and jotted down the recipe in the little notebook I keep by my bed!  I am so glad I took the time to scribble this recipe down, because it is hands down amazing (Derek absolutely loved this dish)!  The salmon is pan seared in a bit of olive oil, and topped with a flavorful cilantro mint sauce.   Serve with simple steamed veggies (think broccoli and cauliflower) and you have an easy, healthy and flavor packed meal in under 40 minutes!  Now thats my kind of dinner! 

Pan Seared Salmon with Cilantro, Mint Sauce 
Brunch N'Cupcakes 
Serves 2-4 

2 Salmon Filets (Skinned Removed, I used a little under a pound) 
Salt, Lemon Pepper and Garlic (To Sprinkle on Fish) 
1 Teaspoon Olive Oil 

For Cilantro, Mint Sauce 
1/2 Cup Fresh Cilantro 
1 Clove Garlic
1/4 Cup Fresh Mint 
1 1/2 Teaspoons Balsamic Vinegar 
1 1/2 Tablespoons Olive Oil 

1- In a food processor (or blender) combine cilantro, mint, garlic, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  
2- Blend until well combined, and herbs/garlic form a thick paste.  Scrape from food processor (blender) into a small bowl and set aside. 
3- Lightly brush both sides of the salmon filets with olive oil, and lightly sprinkle both sides with salt, garlic and lemon pepper.  Heat a skillet coated with cooking spray on medium heat.  Place salmon in skillet and cook for 5 minutes on each side, or until salmon has reached the desired doneness.  
4- Remove salmon from pan, and top each fillet with equal parts of the cilantro, mint sauce.  Serve.