A side of salmon is the perfect go-to dish for brunch or a dinner party. Here, we coat it in a tangy herbed yogurt sauce and broil it on a cedar plank; your guests will be impressed by the flavorful preparation and you’ll be relieved by how simple it is.
What to buy: Greek yogurt can be found in most grocery stores. We like the Fage brand.
Food-safe (non–chemically treated and splinter-free) cedar planks are available online, at gourmet grocery stores, and at many fish markets.
1Place the plank in a large, shallow baking dish or roasting pan, cover with water, and weigh down with a heavy can or plate to completely submerge. Squeeze the lemon halves into the water, then drop in the squeezed halves. Soak the plank for at least 1 1/2 hours or up to 12 hours.
2Heat the broiler to high and arrange a rack in the middle. Remove the plank from the water, pat dry with paper towels, and place on a baking sheet. Drizzle the olive oil on the top side of the plank and set aside.
3Combine all the remaining ingredients except the salmon in a medium bowl and stir until evenly mixed. Taste and season with more salt as needed.
4Rinse the salmon, pat dry with paper towels, and lay it skin-side down on the plank. Season well with salt. Evenly coat the salmon with 1/2 cup of the yogurt mixture.
5Place in the oven and broil, rotating once, until the flesh springs back when touched but is not hard and the yogurt is starting to brown, about 16 to 20 minutes. Serve immediately, with the remaining yogurt mixture passed on the side.