PERFECT SALMON SALAD

Perfect Salmon Salad | Light, healthy salad inspired by Ina garten #salmon #salad
If you know me, you know that my love of carbs is deep and abiding (witness: Baked Sausage Rigatoni  and Brown Butter Pumpkin Pecan Rolls. But sometimes I crave salad. And when I do, it’s this Perfect Salmon Salad inspired by the one and only Ina Garten.

Perfect Salmon Salad | Light, healthy salad inspired by Ina garten #salmon #salad
I’m picky about salmon salad. A lot of versions are way too creamy or mushy or otherwise gross. But this one–oh, friends!–this one combines freshly roasted salmon with the lightest citrus vinaigrette. Studded with amethyst bits of red onion, salty sunflower seeds, and crisp refreshing celery, it is a meal unto itself. Served warm with a scoop of quinoa or refrigerated overnight and sandwiched on onion rolls, it is simply perfection.
Except if you hate fish. And then I would recommend this equally refreshing Thai Crunch Salad.  Just saying.
I know it’s winter and all but this salad will have you dreaming of warmer days.
P.S. I’ve been binge-watching Gossip Girl like it’s my job and this totally seems like a salad those preppy Upper East Siders would eat. I’m okay with that.
Perfect Salmon Salad | Light, healthy salad inspired by Ina garten #salmon #salad

PERFECT SALMON SALAD

Adapted from Ina Garten

 

  • 2 pounds roast salmon, cooled enough to handle (I use Pioneer Woman’s roast salmon recipe)
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup salted sunflower seeds
For the Vinaigrette
  • 2 tablespoons Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar (or other fruity vinegar, like raspberry)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons grainy dijon mustard (or regular), depending on how strong you like your dressing
  • pinch of salt
  • few grinds of pepper
Flake the salmon into large chunks and gently fold in the celery, red onion, almonds, and sunflower seeds. Toss with vinaigrette and serve warm or refrigerated. Add quinoa for a heartier salad. This salad is so easy and elegant, you really can’t go wrong! Serves 4.

Looking for more salad ideas? Try some of these below! Check out my Pinterest board Veggie Tales and Salad Dreams for more.

Thai Crunch Salad with Peanut Dressing

Thai Crunch Salad with Peanut Dressing #salad

 

The Anti Winter Chicken Salad with Mango and Avocado

The Anti Winter Chicken Salad with Mango and Avocado #salad

 

Here’s one of my favorite Ina Garten Recipes: Perfect Roast Chicken
Perfect Roast Chicken

 

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