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Salmon, Fennel, and Potato Salad with Sour-Cream Dressing

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Active Time:  20 Minutes
Total Time:  20 Minutes
  Serves 4
Feathery fennel fronds give this creamy dressing an added bit of flavor, but if you should find yourself with a frond-less fennel bulb, substitute a tablespoon of chopped fresh dill--or do without the greenery altogether.
For Potatoes and Peas:
1 pound Yukon Gold or boiling potatoes (about 3), peeled and cut into eighths
1 cup frozen peas
For Salmon:
1 pound skinless salmon fillets
For Dressing:
1 fennel bulb, fronds reserved, bulb sliced into matchstick strips
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives or scallion tops
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper

2 bunches watercress (about 3/4 pound), tough stems removed (about 1-1/2 quarts)
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FOR POTATOES AND PEAS: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the potatoes and cook for 8 minutes. Stir in the peas and continue cooking until the potatoes are tender, about 2 minutes longer. Drain thoroughly.

FOR SALMON: Meanwhile, fill a large, deep frying pan with 3 inches of salted water. Bring to a simmer. Add the salmon and simmer until the fish is just cooked through, about 10 minutes. Transfer the salmon to paper towels to drain. Cut or flake the salmon into bite-size pieces.

FOR DRESSING: Chop enough of the fennel fronds to make 1 tablespoon. In a medium glass or stainless-steel bowl, whisk together the sour cream, mayonnaise, chives, oil, lemon juice, chopped fennel fronds, salt, and pepper.

TO SERVE: In a large bowl, toss the watercress with 1/4 cup of the dressing and put the greens on plates. In the same bowl, gently toss the potatoes and peas, the salmon, and the sliced fennel with the remaining dressing. Top the watercress with the potato-and-salmon mixture.

WINE RECOMMENDATION: In the Pacific Northwest, where salmon is king, its queen is pinot noir. The oiliness of the fish makes it strong enough to partner a light red, and the complex red-berry and spice notes of the pinot noir are an ideal foil for the flavor of the salmon.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 510
Fat. Total: 31g
Fiber: 6g
Carbohydrates, Total: 30g
Sodium: 505mg
% Cal. from Fat: 55%
Cholesterol: 83mg
Protein: 29g
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