Since I am a teacher, I go into summer mode much earlier than it actually appears. To me, summer is laid back and carefree. Even though I have piles of my students’ papers to examine and sort through, I would rather be basking in the sun and eating light foods and sipping on lemonade. Given that I am slowly feeling the last stretch of the school year, my desire to jump into summer has definitely taken effect. When looking for meal ideas this week, I tried to convince Dan to plan classic summer dishes and meals that can be enjoyed on a hot day. Fortunately, the weather this week has approached the feeling of summer here. Consequently, Dan was convinced to make salmon cakes. Although we were saving this dish for a warmer day, this weekend delivered the feeling of summer that I had been craving. Therefore, this delicious seafood dish was quickly created in our kitchen.
Salmon is a food that is such a treat at our house. We love the variations that can be done, the great taste and texture, and also the light essence of it. We have cooked it in an assortment of ways, and have never made it the same way twice. From barbecued salmon to poached, we have tried numerous and refreshing ways to cook this favorite fish. We have enjoyed getting creative with salmon due to its health benefits and also to the different and great taste that can mix up our weeknight meals. When we brainstormed the idea of salmon cakes, this recipe made Dan eager to experience a new recipe, and me thrilled to have a taste of summer. We are always looking for different and creative meals, and this one definitely delivered.
Even though there are a few steps to this dish, I would categorize it as very simple. After the salmon is seasoned and baked, the mixing and creation of the patties is quite easy. As we always note, this recipe can also be adapted to add an ingredient to the mixture, or change up the sauce in any way. In fact, when we made the sauce, we made an exciting twist on classic pesto. Rather than adding pine nuts, we made a more inexpensive choice, and used almonds. At first we were a bit hesitant to utilizing this ingredient. However, after it was complete, it was a refreshing and bold choice! This addition was so welcomed and could be our new staple when making homemade pesto. Enjoy this colorful and delightful dish and share it with your family or dinner guests. Hopefully it also brings a taste of summer to your dinner table.