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Sometimes I forget that there are people out there who hate to see recipes and food pics on a blog. So here you go, you sonsabitches. | Fetch My Flying Monkeys
Everyone needs a fleet of flying monkeys to rip the stuffing out of the annoying people in their lives
— Laura

I made this today and J was all “OH MY GOD this is so delicious! And you’re so beautiful and wonderful and smart.” Okay, I just threw in that beautiful and wonderful and smart part, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. But seriously, this is a very good summer meal and the most important part is DO NOT LEAVE OUT ONE INGREDIENT. The wasabi, the cilantro, the lemon zest, the mirin, all of it dances a happy dance on your taste buds.

Salmon and Chickpea Salad Over Chilled Mirin Rice

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon wasabi paste
  • 1 (6-ounce) can skinless, boneless pink salmon, drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 4 lettuce leaves (I used Red Tip Lettuce)

Directions

In a large bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, lemon zest, garlic powder, and wasabi paste.  Fold in salmon, chickpeas, celery and cilantro.  Season, to taste, with salt and black pepper. Chill in fridge.

In a medium bowl, combine rice and mirin.  Toss to combine and season, to taste, with salt and black pepper.  Chill in fridge. Place a large lettuce leaf on each plate. Divide rice among lettuce cups.  Spoon salmon mixture over rice, serve.

46 Comments
 

46 Responses to Sometimes I forget that there are people out there who hate to see recipes and food pics on a blog. So here you go, you sonsabitches.

  1. Why is there no bitching and moaning on this post?? I was told this would be Bitch and Moan Week.

    Since I *heart* your food pics and recipes, I shall let it slide this time. But don’t disappoint me tomorrow. I will need to see some bitching and moaning while I eat my salmon and chickpea salad.

  2. MorningGlory says:

    I’m a recipient of the “Cilantro Tastes Like Soap” gene (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/14/dining/14curious.html?_r=0), so I wouldn’t be able to eat this. But thanks for sharing!

  3. patti says:

    i have that cilantro tastes like soap gene too – except i think it tastes more like aftershave
    and i had to look up mirin in the googly thing.
    don’t hate me cause i’m a southern food moron.

  4. Nicole says:

    A mighty fine food pic. Reminds me somewhat of Audrey II.

  5. Debbo says:

    What is the answer Patti? What is Mirin?!?!?!?! Anybody???

  6. Yabu says:

    I loves me some Wasibi.

  7. Cheryl Lundgren says:

    Love cilantro, hate chickpeas. Have a great roasted goat recipe.

  8. Rosie says:

    I LOVE cilantro! But not spicy things like wasabi. It hurts my tongue. To me, pain is not a flavor.

  9. LyleLovett666 says:

    Still waiting on those god damned bologna sandwich recipes.

  10. SB Smith says:

    That sounds like an interesting recipe. I had to look up mirin, also.
    I’m going to look for Wasabi powder so I can make the paste. Then the powder form that’s left will last longer on the shelf.

  11. ManhattanMaven says:

    I just have to say…HATE the clown!! LOVE the bird in a bag tap dancing and the truth about ducks!! DANG…who knew about those ducks…LOL!!

  12. cherylkay says:

    Red Sockeye Salmon is better than pink salmon. Just saying – otherwise looks great…

    • Laura says:

      Canned- pink is just prettier. But actually, I never tried Sockeye canned and don’t even know if they have that here. I could eat this minus the salmon too- just the chick peas in it. And wasabi w/mayo and lemon peel- I could have that on EVERYTHING- which I am going to start using instead of plain mayo- like on burgers and fish and chicken, and…

  13. Cheri says:

    While that looks verrrrrry yummy, here’s a place you must add to your bucket list of places to eat!
    I don’t know if you posted this before.
    http://www.aljohnsons.com/ AND GOATS!

  14. xul says:

    People who hate recipes and food pics are assholes! And WTF *is* that freakin’ clown doing on your header?!?

  15. Janie Jones says:

    Okay, so in my little corner of po-dunk Great White North, there is apparently no purveyor of mirin. I went to both grocery stores and liquor stores but no one even had any idea what I was talking about. I might as well as had flying monkeys coming out my ears. But Leif, who was mightily open-minded about trying this recipe, found a bunch of substitute recipes for mirin online. I don’t know which one he used, but basically you just heat regular sake and add sugar. And, this worked well because naturally we had a bottle of sake in the fridge just waiting for an excuse to be finished off. No joke. We really did.

    So while I’m mixing away the mayo dressing elements I look down at the recipe and notice I FORGOT TO BUY THE FRIGGIN’ CILANTRO! Goddammit. I love cilantro.

    But I bravely soldiered forward and we ate it anyway. Me, feeling cheated by my own carelessness, and Leif smugly pleased as he’s one of those aliens who hate cilantro.

    We thought it was okay but, then I don’t think we had the proper bouquet of flavors as we were lacking some key ingredients. To get the full effect we will probably have to try it again when we can get our hands on real mirin and because I can see how it would be much more kick ass with cilantro.

    I still can’t believe I forgot the damn cilantro…

  16. Tink says:

    No cilantro…ewwwww…how was Spain?

  17. Jess says:

    It’s been a week. I hope you didn’t eat that shit and get food poisoning.

  18. “… then roll the whole thing up in canned crescent-roll dough & deep fry the cat piss out of it.”

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