This Pomegranate Glazed Salmon with Sauteed Swiss Chard is an easy, but elegant dinner and is the perfect recipe for one.
As co-owner of The Recipe ReDux, I was compensated to manage this recipe contest for POM Wonderful.
I'm still a long way from empty-nesting, but there are plenty of times when I'm confronted with the need to make a meal just for myself.
I could go for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but I'm not 8 years old.
If I've got an evening alone when my husband is traveling and the kids want -- well, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich -- it's not unheard of for me to pour myself a glass of wine and cook something uniquely special for me.
THIS is that kinda recipe.
I first fell in love with making a fruit juice reduction glaze years ago as a newlywed watching the original Martha Stewart Living shows. You know the ones... pre-incarceration.
On weekends, my husband would play golf and I would watch Martha followed by Lifetime movies and cook, cook, cook. I did what I wanted, when I wanted. I ate what I wanted, when I wanted.
It was sort of like being a modern-day millennial... before there were millennials.
In this unmillennial life that I'm living now, I don't get many weekends to just do as I please. But occasionally, I do get a night or a meal. I seize those moments to make something really good. To quote Martha: It's a good thing.
A big thank you to POM Wonderful for sponsoring this month's ReDux Contest and for challenging ReDux members to show off the #CrazyHealthy ways that antioxidant rich pomegranate juice can be used in healthy recipes.
The slightly sweet, slightly tart flavor of POM Wonderful 100% Juice makes an unbelievably delectable (but terribly simple) reduction to spoon over salmon.
You'll see from the recipe that all it required was a few minutes simmering on the stove and a bit of Dijon mustard and extra-virgin olive oil. You could use this as a dressing for salad or as a drizzle over meat or roasted veggies.
Or you could just lick it off the spoon because you can't help loving it so much.
Beyond the great taste, there's also a WHOLE LOT of nutrient bang-for-your buck in just a cup of POM Wonderful 100% Juice, like polyphenols and potassium.
In fact according to POM Wonderful, 100% pomegranate juice is powered by unique polyphenols that early research suggests have promising results for post-workout muscle strength recovery. Certain types of polyphenol antioxidants, like those found in pomegranate juice, may help increase nitric oxide bioavailability by protecting it from breaking down in the body. Nitric oxide helps your body get the oxygen and nutrients it needs during exercise. (*Although the research reported is promising, additional clinical research is needed to establish causation and the potential impact of pomegranate polyphenols and exercise.)
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Pomegranate Glazed Salmon with Sauteed Swiss Chard
- 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 large swiss chard leaves, coarsely chopped
- 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
- 4 ounces cooked salmon*
- 1/2 cup POM Wonderful 100% Juice
- 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon shelled pistachios
- 1 tablespoon pomegranate arils
- Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a medium-size skillet. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds (be careful not to burn.) Add Swiss chard and saute 4 to 5 minutes or just until tender.
- Meanwhile, add pomegranate juice to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook until juice is reduced, thickened and bubbly (about 7 minutes.) Remove from heat and stir in mustard and oil until combined.
- To serve, plate Swiss chard and top with salmon. Drizzle with pomegranate glaze and sprinkle with pistachios and arils.