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Versatile Salmon

MISSION, KS -- (Marketwired) -- 05/12/14 -- (Family Features) You've probably heard that eating seafood rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids can help protect against heart disease while delivering other important nutrients. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends eating seafood twice a week for such benefits. Salmon is one fish long-heralded for its nutritional value, and Alaska canned salmon offers a convenient way to add more deliciously nourishing seafood to your diet.

Whether your tastes lean toward a traditional croquette drizzled with a light dill sauce, or a refreshing take on a pesto pasta salad, canned salmon is easy to prepare and surprisingly versatile.

Because canned and pouched salmon is shelf-stable, you can always have some on hand for a quick, tasty meal or flavorful snack. At the grocery store, simply look for "Alaska" on the lid or label to ensure a top-quality, wholly natural product with nothing added but a pinch of salt for flavor.

These recipes showcase how Alaska canned salmon can be adapted to a wide range of meals and lifestyles, from the indulgent to the über-healthy. For additional preparation tips and recipes, visit www.wildalaskaseafood.com.

The Many Benefits of Salmon

  • Alaska canned pink salmon has four times the omega-3s EPA and DHA, and 12 times the vitamin D as many popular canned meats and fish. It also has 25 percent of adults' Recommended Daily Allowance for calcium and nearly meets the daily reference amount for selenium.
  • Traditional pack canned salmon contains skin and delicate, edible bones that are rich in calcium and magnesium. Pressure-cooked in the can, they are so soft they can be easily blended into the salmon, adding extra nutrients and flavor. Skinless, boneless Alaska salmon is also available in cans and pouches.
  • Pink salmon -- the variety commonly found in cans -- has a light color and mild flavor, while red salmon (or sockeye) has a richer, more intense flavor and color.

Alaska Salmon Pesto Pasta Salad
Prep time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 to 10
8         ounces dry, small shell pasta
2         to 3 teaspoons garlic, finely minced
1/2       cup prepared basil pesto
1/2       cup light Italian salad dressing
1         zucchini, cut in 1/2-inch half-moon slices
1         pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1         small red onion, thinly sliced
3/4       cup frozen peas, defrosted
1         can (14.75 ounces) traditional pack Alaska salmon or 2 cans or
          pouches (6 to 7.1 ounces each) skinless, boneless salmon, drained
          and chunked
          Salt and pepper, to taste

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain well. Let cool slightly then toss with garlic, pesto and dressing. Set aside.

Cook zucchini in covered microwavable container on high 2 minutes or until just tender and bright green.

Toss blanched zucchini, tomatoes, onion and peas into pasta and stir to combine. Gently fold in drained salmon; season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately or chill before serving.

Nutrients per serving: 310 calories (46% from fat), 16 g total fat, 3 g saturated fat, 30 mg cholesterol, 17 g protein, 26 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 485 mg sodium, 214 mg calcium and 1300 mg omega-3 fatty acids

Alaska Salmon and Chipotle Wrap
Prep time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
2         to 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1         tablespoon chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
2         tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2         tablespoons chopped red bell pepper
1         to 2 tablespoons chopped red onion
1         teaspoon chopped garlic
1/4       teaspoon salt
1/4       teaspoon pepper
1         can (14.75 ounces) traditional pack Alaska salmon or 2 cans or
          pouches (6 to 7.1 ounces each) skinless, boneless salmon, drained
          and chunked
3         tablespoons light cream cheese or light sour cream
1         teaspoon adobo sauce
4         whole wheat tortillas (8-inch)
4         large lettuce or cabbage leaves, shredded

In bowl, mix lime juice, chiles, cilantro, bell pepper, red onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Gently stir in salmon until blended.

In small bowl, blend cream cheese and adobo sauce. Spread 1/4 mixture over each tortilla to within 1 inch of edge. Spread 2/3 cup salmon mixture over cream cheese. Top with 1/4 of lettuce and roll up burrito-style. Repeat for remaining tortillas.

  • For appetizers, cut each wrap into thirds (makes 12 appetizer servings).
  • As a meal, cut each wrap in half (makes 4 entree servings).

Serve immediately.

Nutrients per serving (4 entrees): 305 calories, 8.5 g total fat, 2 g saturated fat, 25% calories from fat, 88 mg cholesterol, 32.5 g protein, 26.5 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 1228 mg sodium, 130.5 mg calcium and 1290 mg omega-3 fatty acids

Alaska Salmon Salad Sandwiches
Prep time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
1         can (14.75 ounces) traditional pack Alaska salmon or 2 cans or
          pouches (6 to 7.1 ounces each) skinless, boneless salmon, drained
          and chunked
1/3       cup light mayonnaise
1         tablespoon lemon juice
2         teaspoons Dijon mustard
1         tablespoon capers, drained, chopped if large (optional)
1/3       cup finely diced celery
1/3       cup finely diced onion
1/4       cup dill or sweet pickle relish, drained
          Dash Tabasco sauce or pinch of black pepper
1         tablespoon chopped fresh dill or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
8         slices whole-grain bread
24        thin slices cucumber
4         leaves green or red leaf lettuce

In medium bowl, combine salad ingredients. Add salmon and stir to combine well.

Divide salad among 4 slices of bread. Top each with 6 slices of cucumber and a leaf of lettuce. Top with remaining slices of bread and cut in half, crosswise.

Nutrients per serving: 381 calories (36% from fat), 15 g total fat, 3 g saturated fat, 65 mg cholesterol, 27 g protein, 34 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 1236 mg sodium, 291 mg calcium and 1900 mg omega-3 fatty acids

Alaska Salmon Cakes with Yogurt Dill Sauce
Prep time: 21 minutes
Servings: 4
1         egg
1/4       cup small-curd nonfat cottage cheese
1         tablespoon chopped fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
1         teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
1/4       cup sliced green onions
1         can (14.75 ounces) traditional pack Alaska salmon or 2 cans or
          pouches (6 to 7.1 ounces each) skinless, boneless salmon, drained
          and chunked
3         tablespoons garlic-and-herb bread crumbs
          Vegetable oil
          Yogurt Dill Sauce

In medium bowl, whisk egg lightly. Add cottage cheese, dill, lemon pepper and green onions; mix well. Mix in drained salmon, then sprinkle in bread crumbs and mix well. Shape mixture into 4 patties, 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick and 3 inches in diameter.

Heat nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and brush skillet with oil. Fry salmon cakes for about 2 1/2 to 3 minutes per side. Cakes should be crisp and golden on the outside and still moist on the inside.

Serve with Yogurt Dill Sauce.

Yogurt Dill Sauce
1/2       cup nonfat yogurt
1 1/2     teaspoons finely minced fresh garlic
          Salt and pepper
1         tablespoon chopped fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/4       cup grated cucumber (squeeze dry)

Mix yogurt and garlic, and add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in dill and cucumber. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve.

Nutrients per serving: 217 calories (34% from fat), 8 g total fat, 2 g saturated fat, 112 mg cholesterol, 27 g protein, 8 g carbohydrate, 0.5 g fiber, 897 mg sodium, 320 mg calcium and 1800 mg omega-3 fatty acids

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