This Summer Salmon Salad is the perfect way to kick off the warm weather!
Summer just screams salads to me. Breezy warm weather calls for light salads that aren’t too heavy but are nourishing enough to actually be called a meal. No rabbit food here! Enter salmon, sunflower seeds, and almonds. This salads boasts plentiful healthy fats, omega-3’s, and tons of other nutrients. I promise you’ll feel ready to tackle the afternoon after this lunch!
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Can we just talk about gardens for a second? Do you have a garden this year? Ours is absolutely exploding! We’ve got zucchini galore, tons of basil, purple jalapeños, serrano peppers, and banana peppers. The tomatoes are starting to flower and the cucumbers are just itching to start producing. I’m not sure what’s up with the cabbage and lettuce though, it doesn’t seem to be growing. Any tips for a new gardener? The basil has made it’s way into multiple dishes lately and I believe this dressing is my favorite way to use it. Basil, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and some other goodness gets blended up into a tangy herby dressing that goes perfectly with the tart pickled onions and sweet cranberries. I’ll be keeping a jar of this on hand all summer long!
I’m a huge fan of throwing everything but the kitchen sink in a bowl for lunch. Usually it’s 1 o’clock and I haven’t even thought about lunch…OK that’s a lie I think about lunch as soon as I’m done with breakfast but it IS 1 o’clock before I get around to making something. That’s where salads come in handy. Just a few minutes is all you need to make a filling, light, and satisfying salad. You know what makes it even easier? Using pre-washed greens. I’m one of those people who HATE to wash lettuce. First of all my kitchen isn’t huge so having to store a ridiculously large salad spinner is a no-go and second, even when spinning the greens still come out semi-wet. Who want’s a watery salad? Not me. That’s why I adore Earthbound Farm. Their greens are triple washed so all I have to do is grab a handful or two and I’m good to go.
For this salad I used the Earthbound Farm Kale Italia blend. It has a blend of kale, arugula, and radicchio. Arugula is my absolute favorite the peppery spice goes great with salads but when you add in the radicchio and kale it takes it to a whole new level. The crunch from the radicchio with the soft kale and arugula is also one of my favorite things about this blend. It pairs wonderfully with the buttery melt-in-your-mouth salmon. I can already tell that this may become my go-to summer salad!
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Summer Salmon Salad with Basil Vinaigrette
Pickled Red Onions
- 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon good quality salt
- 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
- 4 salmon fillets, about 6 oz each
- Refined coconut oil
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- Salt and pepper
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 9 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon whole grain mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1/4 cup packed basil
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon minced onion
- 2 packages Earthbound Farm Kale Italia Blend
- Pickled red onions
- Dried cranberries
- Sunflower seeds
- Sliced almonds
- Grape tomatoes