Wednesday, June 3, 2009

What's for dinner?

Summer weather here in D.C. can get very very hot! When that happens, I often like to make very refreshing and light dishes for dinner.

If you are a Salmon lover, you are going to love this one! This meal cost under $6 per serving! It can be a great dinner for entertaining too!

Asian BBQ Salmon Burger (480 calories per burger)
serves 4/Cook time 20 min./Chill time 30 min.


half - seedless cucumber, peeled. thinly sliced.
1 - green onion, thinly sliced.
half - Tbsp Rice Vinegar
4 - Ready to Cook Salmon Burger ( you can find it at major grocery seafood dept.)
1/4 cup - Asian Style BBQ Sauce
4 - Leaves green leaf lettuce

What to Do:

1. Toss cucumber, onion, and rice vinegar in a large bowl. Drain, discarding liquid. Chill Veggies, covered, until ready to serve, at least 30 min and up to 3 hours.
2. When ready to serve: Using soft cloth, coat grill grate lightly with vegetable oil. Place burgers on grill; reduce heat to MEDIUM. Brush top of burgers with BBQ.
3. Sear burgers on grill 2 min, until they have changed color about on-quarter of way up from bottom. Turn over; brush with BBQ sauce. Sear 2-3 min. Turn again; reduce heat to MEDIUM or LOW. Close lid.
4. Cook about 8 min, until internal temp reaches 165 degrees. Check internal temp by inserting thermometer halfway into thickest part of burgers. Transfer to clean platter; set aside.
5. Arrange lettuce on plates; top with burger. Top with onion-cucumber mixture; serve.

Sides pairing: Asian Fruit Slaw (ONLY 100 Calories per 1 1/2 cups)

serves 4/cook time 15 min

1 pkg (12 oz.) Cleaned and Cut Asian Slaw
1/4 cup dry roasted sunflower kernels
2 cups Mango Chunks
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 pkg (10 oz.) Fresh Pineapple rings (cut into bite-size chunks)
2 Tbsp Reduced sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp Rice Vinegar

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and serve right away!

To Finish:
Wine pairing: Beringer Chardonnay Napa!
Rounded and heavier, with a bit of spice and citrus, this Chard has some oak to go toe-to-toe with the strong Asian and BBQ flavors in this meal!

Enjoy it!!!!

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