What's for Dinner: Balsamic-Honey Glazed Salmon with Asparagus

April 27, 2012
Balsamic-honey glazed salmon is the answer to tonight's most important question, what's for dinner?  Salmon fillets are marinated in a flavorful mix of honey, balsamic and apple cider vinegar, and dried dill.  The fish should marinate for at least 15 minutes before it is cooked in the oven.  You can use this versatile marinade on anything from chicken to flank steak, it is that good.  Serve your glazed fillets with perfectly cooked spears of lemony asparagus.
For the Salmon:
1/2 pound salmon fillet
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Salute Santé Lemon grapeseed oil
1 tablespoon honey
Juice of half a lemon
2 pinches (1/8 teaspoon) dried dill
1 teaspoon herbs de Provence
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
For the Lemony Asparagus:
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon Salute Santé Lemon grapeseed oil
2 tablespoons vegetable stock
Zest of one lemon
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
12 stalks asparagus
In a small mixing bowl or blender, combine all of the ingredients for the balsamic marinade except for the lemon juice. Whisk or blend until oil and vinegar are well incorporated and no longer separate. Place salmon fillet in a baking dish (I use a small casserole dish). Pour the marinade over the salmon and allow it to marinate for at least 15 minutes (or up to 24 hours covered in the refrigerator). Turn your oven on high broil. Just before putting the salmon in the oven, drizzle the lemon juice over the fish. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes on the top rack or until salmon is glazed, browned and sizzling.
While the salmon is baking, prepare the asparagus. Wash the asparagus and cut off the bottom inch and a half of each stalk and discard. Spread the asparagus on in a large skillet. Drizzle the lemon grapeseed oil over the asparagus and spread the oil on the asparagus with your hands so that all stalks are completely coated. Sprinkle asparagus with desired amount of salt and pepper. Sauté over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the two tablespoons of vegetable stock and cover the skillet. Sauté 4 minutes. Remove lid and add the minced garlic. Place cover back over the asparagus. Continue cooking an additional 3 to 5 minutes until asparagus is cooked but not too soft. Grate lemon zest over the top of the asparagus.

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