Spring ahead!  It’s a sign of Spring, right?  We should all be happy about that!  But in reality, what “Springing Ahead” really should be billed as is: “Lose an hour of sleep!  Drag your way into your week, have trouble sleeping, and wonder what that big, shining ball in the sky is when you DO finally wake up!”  Yeah, right now I think the whole “Spring Ahead” thing can suck it.

But wait.  I need to wake up and smell (and drink!) the coffee and be thankful for more hours of daylight.  Thankful for the chance for more vitamin D in my daily life.  Thankful that the nicer weather on the way will help encourage me to lose those winter pounds that crept in.  So if I’m being thankful, then I am thankful for recipes like this that just scream “Spring is coming!”

To get over the sleep deprivation and all-week feeling of jet lag, I simply looked to this recipe for help.  With the addition of two more S’s for Spring–Salmon & Shrimp–I am feeling better already.

Spring Dijon Salmon & Shrimp

The use of simple ingredients like fresh thyme and bright lemon make the whole loss of sleep thing (a bit) more bearable.  Does this recipe sound familiar?  That’s because I rely on variations of these ingredients a LOT.  If they’re that good, why not keep marching them out for yummy dinners like this?

I feel healthier and brighter just thinking about it, don’t you?  Spring ahead into Spring flavors, indeed!

Mustard Salmon & Shrimp
Spring Dijon Salmon & Shrimp
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I adore the flavors in this simple meal. There is little better with fish than mustard, lemon and olive oil. You just can't go wrong. And the beauty is that you can change up the type of mustard depending on your taste. Hooray for using what is already in your pantry! Serve this tasty dish on a harried weeknight, and you'll feel like you're dining out for something special.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Mustard Salmon & Shrimp
Spring Dijon Salmon & Shrimp
Print Recipe
I adore the flavors in this simple meal. There is little better with fish than mustard, lemon and olive oil. You just can't go wrong. And the beauty is that you can change up the type of mustard depending on your taste. Hooray for using what is already in your pantry! Serve this tasty dish on a harried weeknight, and you'll feel like you're dining out for something special.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    Mustard Marinade Ingredients
  2. Roll lemon on counter to release juices in the fruit. Slice in half; reserve other half for another use. Whisk together the mustard, lemon, thyme, salt & pepper. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil, whisking to incorporate all of the ingredients.
    Mustard Citrus Marinade
  3. Coat salmon filets with marinade using a brush or the back of a spoon. Bake salmon for 30 minutes, or until fish is flaky.
    Mustard on Salmon
  4. Add remaining marinade to shrimp and toss to coat.
    Mustard Citrus Marinade
  5. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Saute shrimp until just beginning to brown, about 3-4 minutes per side.
    Mustard Shrimp
  6. Serve salmon & shrimp over rice pilaf or other grain like farro or quinoa. Add steamed asparagus or other Spring vegetable, and dinner is served!
    Mustard Salmon
Recipe Notes

For a nice, light wine pairing that will bring out even more flavors in the dish, try a medium-bodied Sauvignon Blanc.  A budget-friendly option to try is the Matua Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. The light, crisp flavors won't overpower the delicate nature of the seafood, but stands up well to the Dijon in the dish.

In addition to being what some might call a good "patio pounder" wine, it won't break the bank. This wine goes well with anything from fish to chicken to a spicy Asian dish.  It's a great counterpoint of flavors for many other pairings.

Oh, and did I mention that it tastes like Spring?  I didn't?  Well, it does, so that makes it truly a super wine for this "Spring Ahead" dish.

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