Today’s Recipe: Trout and Buckwheat Salad

It's possible that you've never tried smoked fish or buckwheat noodles before --but why not now? Not only is it a fantastic meal, but it's perfect if you're watching your weight. Smoked trout is a low-calorie food (averaging about 90 calories per serving), and buckwheat noodles are fat- and cholesterol-free, as well as a good source of nutrients like manganese, lean protein, carbohydrates and thiamine.

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

8 ounces buckwheat noodles

1 bunch scallions, minced

1/3 cup cilantro leaves

2 small seedless cucumbers, cut into ribbons using a vegetable peeler

6-8 ounces smoked trout, chunked

1 clove garlic, minced

2 tablespoons Mirin wine

4 tablespoons soy sauce

Salt and ground black pepper, if desired

Directions

  1. Cook the buckwheat noodles according to package directions. Drain then rinse under cold water. Toss cooled noodles with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and reserve in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Combine the remaining ingredients in another bowl. Right before serving, toss with the noodles and season with salt and black pepper, if desired.

NOTE: This dish works quite well with plain cooked trout or salmon too.