Spring Pilaf with Salmon & Asparagus Recipe
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Spring Pilaf with Salmon & Asparagus Recipe

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Celebrate the best of spring in one fabulous dish! Fresh asparagus, carrots, lemon and chives perfectly complement leftover cooked salmon in this simple, sensational entree. —Steve Westphal, Wind Lake, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 medium sweet yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked long grain rice
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2-1/2 cups cut fresh asparagus (1-inch pieces)
  • 12 ounces fully cooked salmon chunks
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives, divided
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

Nutritional Facts

2 cups: 568 calories, 21g fat (9g saturated fat), 80mg cholesterol, 1023mg sodium, 65g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 27g protein.


  1. Saute carrots and yellow pepper in butter in a large saucepan until crisp-tender. Add rice; cook and stir for 1 minute or until lightly toasted.
  2. Stir in the broth, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in asparagus. Cook, uncovered, 3-4 minutes longer or until rice is tender.
  3. Stir in the salmon, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon chives and lemon peel; heat through. Fluff with a fork. Sprinkle with remaining chives. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Spring Pilaf with Salmon & Asparagus in Simple & Delicious April/May 2013, p17

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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SingerRinger User ID: 5557591 224135
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2015

"I gave this 4 stars based on the fact that I love all the ingredients however I would have to adjust this a bit. One serving as written would be 15 points on Weight Watchers and more than I want to spend for one dinner. Cutting the butter down or out would help greatly and perhaps reducing the rice and adding more veggies. I have lost 78 pounds and want to keep it off. Has anyone reduced this down a bit? Hats off to whoever lists the fat, carbs, fiber and protein for those of us who count points!"

hskinner76 User ID: 540241 190165
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2013

"VERY GOOD! Mine didn't turn out as pretty as the photo - I normally use Jasmine or Basmati rice, so next time I'll have to cut the simmering time down as it overcooked the rice a bit."

CAPaulus User ID: 7224743 196268
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2013

"Very good. It is lite and a great way to use leftover salmon."

clangerm User ID: 1093863 126051
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2013

"Delicious! Will definitely make again!"

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