Ahhh, salmon. Salmon hangs over my head all the time. I know I should be eating more of it. Every article about healthy food on the internet touts its benefits. But really, I just want a cheeseburger. All the time.
Just tonight, our sweet friends brought dinner to our house. She texted me this afternoon and asked me to pick something off the menu at one of our favorite local restaurants. (We have the greatest friends everrrrrr, be jealous!) I spied a pizza piled with bleu cheese, steak, and creamy caramelized onions. My mouth started watering at the mere thought. But what did I pick? A salmon salad. I always feel like I must chose salmon when the option presents itself. I secretly love going to a restaurant that doesn’t have salmon on the menu so I don’t feel obligated. But, it rarely happens these days. It’s like everyone wants me to be healthy or something!
But, I’m in my 30s now. It’s time to take care of myself and eat more salmon. So, I set out to create a salmon salad that I would LOVE. A salmon meal that would help me chose fish over cheeseburger. Ok, that’s a stretch. I want to eat this salad as an appetizer and still chase it with a cheeseburger, but that’s my problem, not yours. This salad makes me chose fish over cheeseburger two out of three times. And that’s a big step for me.
Why is it so good? Well, first, I love the colors. I am endlessly drawn to multicolored lettuces like you wouldn’t believe. (Did you know I have my Master’s degree in lettuce production?) I’m a lettuce nerd. I brake every time I drive by a lettuce field in Monterey that has strips of green baby leaf lettuce and strips of purple lettuce. It’s just so preeeeety! A multicolored bag o’ greens is my first choice for a stunning salad. Then, I top it with extra crunchy things. Things like fresh radishes and snow peas. Highly recommend.
We should talk about the salmon now. I use leftover quinoa from the day before and press it into the salmon before baking. I mix whole grain mustard into the quinoa for sticking power. I’m obsessed with Trader Joe’s whole grain mustard because it has a bit of heat to it. I think it’s horseradish? Anyway, if your mustard lacks heat, I recommend a pinch of cayenne.
Oh, the sweet sweet honey lemon cinnamon dressing. Yeah, I’ve won you over now. I can tell.
Let’s go forth as adults, and eat more salmon. We’ll still eat cheeseburgers on Saturdays when calories don’t count, k?
As you know, I partner with Omaha Steaks each month to produce one fabulous dinner for two recipe. This month I used their salmon fillets when testing this recipe. I was compensated for my time and received the products for free. Thank you for letting me work with brands that I love!