grilled salmon with spicy honey-basil sauce

grilled salmon- martha

after indulging so much over the holidays, i am in the mood for light and healthy during these january days. of course i love to tuck into something warm and hearty when the forecast predicts frosty nights, but i am of the persuasion that comfort food can (if you look hard!) be healthy. i'll be saving this one for a dinner in the near future.


2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup packed fresh basil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small red chile or 1 medium jalapeno, chopped (include the seeds if you like it spicy)
4 skinless salmon fillets, 4 ounces each
1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup yellow bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup watercress leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and ground white pepper, to taste


01. place pine nuts, honey, lemon juice, 1/4 cup olive oil, basil, garlic, and chile in a blender and process until the mixture is pureed. spoon the sauce over the salmon, and turn to coat. cover and refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 hours, turning twice.
02. place bell peppers and watercress in a bowl. toss with vinegar and 1 tablespoon olive oil. cover and refrigerate while the salmon cooks.
03. oil the grill rack and preheat the grill to medium-high. remove the salmon from the marinade, reserving the marinade. sprinkle the salmon with salt and pepper on both sides.
04. place the salmon on the grill rack and grill until opaque throughout, 4 to 6 minutes on each side. brush occasionally with reserved marinade. garnish with bell pepper and watercress mixture before serving.

from body + soul, june 2005
image/martha stewart