Easter Made Easy

Easter Made Easy

Freshen up the holiday menu with planked salmon

Down with fussy doilies and complicated roasts for Easter. Up with springtime and light meals and salmon. And when it comes to salmon, planking is the way to go. It’s so easy: Soak a piece of cedar—you can get one at any gourmet grocer or fish market—plonk the fish on top, and broil or grill the whole thing. The plank contributes a smoky flavor to the fish and provides a perfect, flat cooking surface.

Fresh dill and honey glazes are the most common toppings for salmon, but we go renegade with a tangy yogurt spread flavored with spring herbs. You can also go renegade with the wood: Try oak, cherry, or maple. Just make sure the plank is large enough and that it’s clean, untreated, and about an inch thick.