Salmon with Basil Tapenade + Blueberry-Mascarpone Roulade

I’m back to my every-other-week schedule this week!  I have two French Fridays with Dorie recipes to share with you:  Salmon with Basil Tapenade and Blueberry-Mascarpone Roulade (although mine is not a roulade).

First we’ll talk about the Salmon with Basil Tapenade.  This was a very simple, but tasty, dish.  First off, a mixture is made with black olive tapenade (I purchased mine at Trader Joe’s), minced basil, lemon zest and juice, and freshly ground pepper.  This mixture is stuffed into slits in the salmon, which is roasted.  Finally, a sauce is made from a bit of the tapenade mixture, olive oil, more basil, and more lemon zest and juice.  The sauce is spooned over the salmon on the plate.

Salmon with Basil Tapenade

This was delicious!  The flavors all went so nicely together and the whole family enjoyed it.  I served the salmon with one of my favorite green bean dishes ever:  Warm Green Bean Salad with Pine Nuts and Basil.  A great meal!

Next is a wonderful dessert called Blueberry-Mascarpone Roulade.  Except instead of doing a roulade, I took inspiration from the two Bonne Idées included with this recipe.  Apparently, the batter for this cake is the same as the batter for ladyfingers, so I decided to try my hand at making ladyfingers.  Fun!


To asseble the dessert, I made what I called “Blueberry Tiramisu Parfaits”.  I layered ladyfingers and the blueberry-mascarpone filling in glass dishes for a very pretty dessert.  I brushed a little creme de cassis on the ladyfingers, but I had too light a hand and couldn’t taste it.  I wish I had used more.

Blueberry Tiramisu Parfaits

I loved this dessert!  I could have eaten spoonfuls of the vanilla-flavored mascarpone cream filling – it was fabulous!  The blueberries were a delicious counterpoint to the sweet cream, and the ladyfingers rounded out the flavors and textures perfectly.

All in all, a delicious two weeks of French Fridays with Dorie eating!




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12 responses to “Salmon with Basil Tapenade + Blueberry-Mascarpone Roulade

  1. Both of these recipes are two of my favorites so far. I made the roulade but I think it tastes the same whether you roll it up or not:) Your parfaits look very pretty.

  2. Well, you can’t end with a dessert like THAT and expect me to even remember what your first recipe was! I was wondering if anyone was going to take Dorie up on her suggestion to do ladyfingers. I briefly considered it myself, but since I had never made a jelly roll before I thought that I had better give it a go. Regardless, your dessert looks absolutely delicious and right up my alley. Well done!

  3. nana

    Both of your recipes look wonderful. I just bookmarked your recipe for green beans. Since I cooked some yesterday, I will add your ingredients to them tonight. Thanks. The blueberry parfait with the lady fingers looks great,
    I did the same with cut out sponge rounds and used strawberry instead.
    Hubby and I loved it. Have a great weekend.

  4. Oooo – the salmon & beans look so pretty on the plate 🙂
    I like that you made lady fingers & a parfait. How nice to have your own serving.
    If my roll was an epic fail, I was going to cut it up and serve it trifle style.

  5. Great job! I haven’t made the roulade yet but I know that if I experience troubles my roulade will transform into a trifle and nobody will be the wiser.

  6. Oh Karen…Such a wonderful looking salmon dinner and I love that you made the lady fingers!! Your parfaits look gorgeous!!

  7. Teresa

    Your take on the roulade looks amazing – parfaits are, well, perfect! Your salmon turned out well, too.

  8. Love the ladyfinger parfaits! Beautiful!

  9. Nice double-header, Karen! I love what you did with the blueberry roulade. I knew it wouldn’t be popular at my house and didn’t even get to the bonne idee. Had I known there was a mini-version lurking there, I could have tried it, but I’ll try to try it that way before blueberry season ends.

  10. Karen, This is quite an impressive Post. I think you are the only Dorista who made ladyfingers. Those are just tooooo wonderful. And then the dessert you created, out-of-the-ballpark (or, world, take your pick). I think you salmon worked better than mine because it was “fatter” and better able to take the infusion. I liked this salmon fillet recipe, however, and will try it again. I am always looking for new haricot vert recipes so thank you, my dear. A very lovely Post.

  11. I’m back again. You inspired me. With both green beans and basil in this week’s CSA share, I made your favorite side dish of all time for dinner tonight. It was a definite winner. I’ll add it to the summer repertoire!

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