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Dinner Tonight: Grilled Whitefish Salad with Tomatoes and Tarragon Vinaigrette

Before last week, I had never purchased whitefish before. I had always assumed it was bland, even though I had nothing to back this up. The fish is closely associated with Wisconsin, so it's odd to find this recipe in the middle of Michael Lomonaco's Nightly Specials. What does an East Coast chef, especially a former Le Cirque chef, know about cooking a freshwater fish? Turns out, a lot.

The result is as simple as it is delicious. The fish fillets are grilled quickly then immediately placed atop a handful of lettuce, which wilts the leaves just slightly. Cherry tomatoes, tarragon, and capers are all tossed with a simple vinaigrette then added on top. With those little tomatoes just starting to pop up at farmers' markets, this is the perfect time to check out what whitefish is all about.

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