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Salmon Recipes Star in a Healthful Holiday Buffet

Salmon shows up in many of Diana’s favorite recipes for entertaining. Nearly everyone likes the flavor, and its pretty color adds eye-appeal to your buffet. Here are three healthful, simple dishes to get you started: an appetizer, a salad and a main course.

Smoked Salmon Salad

1/2 pound smoked salmon, cut in bite-size pieces
1 16-ounce can small white beans, drained and rinsed
1 small sweet onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 cup orange, tangerine or clementine sections, in bite-size pieces
1 cup frozen green peas (no need to thaw)
1/2 cup Italian parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon oregano
juice of one lemon
rice vinegar, to taste (start with about 2 tablespoons),
or a light Italian salad dressing
pinch cayenne or dash hot pepper sauce, to taste

Mix all ingredients and chill.

6-8 servings

Chilled Salmon Mousse
1 cup bottled clam juice or chicken bouillon
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 15-ounce can salmon (preferably red sockeye)
2 tablespoons capers (optional)
1 bunch green onions, sliced (white part only)
juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon oregano
pinch cayenne, or to taste
1 cup stout-free sour cream or yogurt
Fresh herbs, lemon slices or red bell pepper strips for garnish

Heat the clam juice or bouillon in a small pot and stir in the gelatin to dissolve. Combine with the other ingredients except the sour cream or yogurt in a food processor and blend until smooth. Stir in the yogurt or sour cream and pour into a non-stick pan or mold. Chill until firm. Unmold and decorate as you wish. Wonderful with red bell pepper strips for dippers.

6-8 servings, more as part of a buffet

Baked Salmon with Portobello Mushrooms
2 vidalia or other sweet onions, sliced
4-6 salmon steaks
1 pound portobello mushrooms, sliced
Juice of one lemon
Fresh herbs of your choice (optional)
Lemon wedges for garnish
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place a layer of onion slices on the bottom of a casserole with a tight-fitting lid (large enough to hold the fish steaks in one or two layers.) Place the fish steaks on the onions, then arrange the mushrooms and remaining onion slices on top. (If you are using two layers of fish, place some of the mushrooms and onions between the layers and the remaining ones on top.) Lay the fresh herbs on top, if you are using them; and squeeze the lemon juice over all. Cover and bake 30 minutes, or until the fish is opaque in the middle (test with a knife or fork.) Serve with lemon wedges and pass the pepper mill.

4-6 servings

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