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Creamy, buttery avocado, nutty shavings of Parmesan, and a bright, tangy dressing set the stage for a delicious piece of salmon. [Photographs: Yasmin Fahr]

Even after plating this recipe, I had to stop for a minute to check the timer and make sure I was right—did this really only take 10 minutes? It was the same kind of shock I get when someone tells me an item costs a quarter; how often does that happen anymore? But the surprise was quickly replaced with other thoughts as I started to dig into the dish, patting myself on the back for hitting both avocado and salmon in one fell swoop.

Salmon, a fish that's endlessly touted for its health benefits and fatty flavor, is nonetheless one that I rarely cook at home. After reading a Food Lab post on an easy way to cook filets (read: in less than 10 minutes), I was sold. Serving it with a light and refreshing arugula salad only helps to remind me that simple ingredients and preparations should be taken seriously.

The avocado isn't a necessary addition, but I love how its mild flavor works well with the nutty cheese and acidic dressing while adding its own creamy, butter texture—a great match for the similarly rich salmon. I may not have thought of myself as a big salmon person before, but I definitely do now.

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