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Dinner Tonight: Grilled Salmon with Red Potato Salad and Greens

[Photograph: Blake Royer]

The phrase "beautifully simple" comes to mind when I eat this meal, a favorite around my house in the summertime. It's the kind of dinner that comes together peacefully, then is set out on platters for friends to enjoy as the night stretches on. The potatoes are boiled, the green stuff is blanched, the salmon is grilled, and, depending on your taste, you can take as much of each as you're in the mood for.

I could go on for awhile about composed salads, but suffice it to say that in my book there is no better summer meal. Everything tastes wonderful at room temperature, and it's all about balance.

The recipe here is for the brilliant limey potato salad—the rest is easy. This time it was a combination of snap peas, shelled peas, asparagus, and greens next to the grilled salmon; it could just be greens or whatever might be in season. Toss them all with a good lemony vinaigrette just before eating.

Grilled Salmon with Red Potato Salad and Greens

About the author: Blake Royer founded The Paupered Chef with Nick Kindelsperger, where he writes about food and occasional travels. After spending a year in Estonia, he now lives in Chicago.

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