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Grilled Salmon with Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not oil-packed)
1/4 cup red wine
2 garlic cloves, sliced
1 shallot, sliced
Pinch of thyme
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 pounds fennel bulbstrimmed, halved, cored and very thinly sliced
Four 6-ounce skinless salmon fillets


In a medium nonreactive saucepan, combine the sun-dried tomatoes, red wine, garlic, shallot, thyme and 1/2 cup of water. Bring to a boil over moderately high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 20 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a food processor and puree. With the machine on, add the vegetable oil in a slow, steady stream. Scrape the sauce into a bowl and season with salt and pepper. In a medium nonreactive saucepan, boil the balsamic vinegar over high heat until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 10 minutes. In a large bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of the olive oil with the chives and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Add the fennel and toss well. Light a grill or preheat a cast-iron grill pan. Brush the salmon fillets on both sides with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the salmon over moderately high heat until nicely browned and just cooked through, about 4 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the fillets. Mound the fennel salad on dinner plates and set the salmon fillets on top. Spoon the sun-dried tomato sauce around the fish and drizzle with the balsamic vinegar glaze.

Source: www.foodandwine.com