Balsamic Thyme Baked Salmon

Balsamic Thyme Marinated Baked Salmon w/ Bleu Cheese and Cauliflower Soup

Balsamic Thyme Marinated Baked Salmon
Eater rating: 4.4 / 5  4.43

Tonight we’re eating wild salmon marinated in a balsamic and thyme vinegarette. A creamy buttermilk bleu cheese and cauliflower soup accompanies the salmon, along with a salad of baby field greens.

Buttermilk Bleu Cheese and Cauliflower Soup
Buttermilk Bleu Cheese and Cauliflower Soup
T: excellent meal, mandy.
A: why thank ya mista tylah! it was well balanced, both healthy AND unhealthy at the same-freakin-time.
T: heheheh. I know the salmon was healthy. I take it that soup wasn’t the healthiest thing in the world?
A: yup! i mean, it wasn’t the end of the world, but it is a whole milk based soup.. and it uses a roux… and bleu cheeze! oh, and by the way! you’re lucky i’m letting the “mandy” slide buster. most people would get a whoppin’ for that.
T: but, Mandy!
T: you heard me. I said… MANDY!
A: well, i’m going to assume you are speaking to a different amanda. 😛 Anyway, i enjoyed every aspect of this meal. It wasn’t a “blow-me-out-the-water” meal, but it was damn good.
T: well, I thought it was pretty close to being a “blow-me-out-of-the-water-meal.” I think the weakest part was the salad. The other two elements blew me away.
A: awesome. i’ll agree, the salad was the weakest. but i could have used just *slightly* more salt on the salmon, it was perfectly cooked though. The soup rocked my casbah! i really was quite pleased with the outcome of the croutons (my first ever) as well.
T: Yes, I agree with everything you just said. I didn’t realize those were your first croutons, though. I thought for sure that you had made some a while back in Baton Rouge.
A: nope, pretty sure they were my first. maybe it was garlic bread or something you are thinking of.
T: uhh. hmm… oh, well, perhaps I’ve lost a bit of my mind.
A: is there really any doubt about that?
T: what were we talking about again?
A: exactly…case and point.
T: so, seriously, what were we talking about again?
A: how you had lost a bit of your mind!
T: oh, yeah. wait, before that!
A: croutons!
T: ah ha! I still think you have made them before, and that maybe you have lost a bit of your mind!
A: nope. i think not. if you can prove your theory… i’ll…. i’ll… i don’t know what i’ll do, but it will be good. i’m just pretty damn certain i’ve not made croutons before.
T: so any croutons we had in the past were premade?
A: we haven’t eaten croutons in salads in the past. i have made, like, garlic bread, or crispy bruschetta… but no croutons.
T: hmm… maybe it was that other amanda.
A: hehehe perhaps. mystery solved. so back to the dinner at hand. i give this meal a 4.3/5. if i were simply rating the soup, i might give it something crazy, like a 4.8/5. i really really enjoyed it. i suppose if you don’t like bleu cheese you won’t enjoy it but for me, it was heaven.
T: Yeah, i’m a little split with my rating. I want to give the soup a higher rating than anything else. But, i’ll just kind of mash it all together into a rating of 4.56/5. One thing that I enjoyed about this meal, and to the salad’s credit, was eating the red bellpepper at the same time as a bite of salmon. That was fine.
A: i actually enjoyed eating all of the salad with bites of salmon because i made a dressing for the salad that was very similar to what the fish was marinated in. they definately worked well together.
T: indeed. I loved the skin of the salmon too. Mmm.. I just love that in general.
A: mmm.. salmon skin roll… mmm.. sushi…. mmm
T: ya, sushi good.
A: soupi good.
T: bread puddi good.
A: man, i thought i was still *really* full until we started this crazy foodblog.
T: i’m still *really* full, but that little picture of bread pudding in the web browser is allowing me to see past my fullness.
A: to beer??
T: to bread pudding, silly!
A: hehehe i think i’ll go with a nice hearty stout.
T: ahh, grab me one while your at it.
A: always. tomorrows dinner is still a mystery to me… it hasn’t revealed itself yet.
T: interesting. something to ponder and look forward to!
A: until then…

Kwaherini mabibi na mabwana!

5 comments so far:

  1. Looks all delicious! Love those little croûtons! I made some yesterday too as a matter of fact, but much simpler version, so I make a note of your recipe!

  2. Rorie says:

    It all looks delicious – especially that soup. Thanks for stopping by Milk & Honey & do try Hodad’s when you get a burger hankering!

  3. Us says:

    Thanks Bea! Your blog is always deliciously gorgeous! Thanks for stopping by.

    Thanks to you too Rorie! You should definately try the soup… it has to be one of the best things i’ve eaten lately. And we will certainly be trying hodads… perhaps tomorrow!

  4. Dolores says:

    I just found your blog — what a great concept. I’ll be back… to read what you’re eating, what you’re thinking about it, and to cop some of these sensational yet simple recipes. Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Christina says:

    So we just got done eating salmon that was made from this recipe but with a little improvisation. As “Mandy” knows, payday is two days away so I’m feeling a bit like Old Mother Hubbard but was desperate for a bit of a twist on the usual salmon I make. I substituted brown sugar for the honey, dried thyme for fresh (at half the amount), and used poor man’s dijon (spicy brown). It was pretty good stuff. At times we would start to taste a lot of the basalmic vinegar but just as it was registering the sweetness would take over, a very nice blend. My husband liked it but more than that was happy to have something other than the usual, he doesn’t share my obsession with dill. I cooked it the whole 20 minutes but next time, and there will be a next time, I will probably leave it in slightly longer as the thickest points were just barely done and I like a crispier skin. I give it a solid B.