Salmon is one of the most beneficial proteins that you can include in your diet in order to keep your eyes healthy. It is full of omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for many different reasons, but they go the extra mile for your ocular health. Compared to any other fish salmon has the highest amount of omega-3s.
One of the biggest benefits of the omega-3s found in salmon are its abilities to ward off dry eye. Studies have found that people who have an an abundance of omega-3s in their diet are more than 75 percent less likely to have dry eye syndrome as well as other ocular-related problems that may occur in the retina of the eye. Dry eyes may not seem like that big of a deal, but the liquid in your eyes protects them from internal and external injuries. If you are a vegetarian, research has found that the addition of algae oil will also give you the necessary levels of omega-3s to benefit your eyes.
Salmon is a delicious protein to have at your disposal because it blends well with lots of ingredients and can be made very fast without much fuss at all. You can prepare it in many different ways. You can broil it, bake it, sauté it, grill it and even smoke it. I think smoked salmon is a great thing to have around especially around this time of year because of all the entertaining that we’ll be doing. Plus, it’s a no brainer! You can serve it with a salad, or even with eggs at breakfast. This is a great recipe to have for any party at your house or even if you are traveling.
Smoked Salmon Latkes with Lemon Yogurt
- 1 package smoked salmon (I recommend a mid-ranged priced smoked salmon for optimal quality)
- 2 potatoes, peeled and shredded thin
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup flour
- 2 lemons, juice and zest, split
- 1 tablespoon salt
- ½ tablespoon pepper
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ cup fresh parsley
- 2 shallots, minced
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- Olive oil for sauté
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- Peel potatoes and shred into large bowl with zest and juice of one lemon. Toss around with juice so the potatoes do not turn brown.
- Beat eggs and add to potatoes along with flour, nutmeg, salt and pepper and parsley.
- Add diced shallot and garlic to the rest of latke mixture.
- Make yogurt by adding zest and juice of one lemon to Greek yogurt.
- Fry latkes in large sauté pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Use a tablespoon to form little mounds. Flip with spatula once golden and crispy.
- Place smoked salmon slices on top of latke and garnish with lemon yogurt.