Sunday, January 16, 2011

#67 Mixed Green Salad with Salmon

I am always looking for salads that are light and healthy. I put together this salad with Organic mixed greens or mesclun mix and I must say it  is a ridiculously refreshing meal on its own. The little extra prep that goes into the toppings is really worthwhile!  I decided to liven up the salad giving it a crunchy texture by adding fruit and nuts.  Not only does it take out the boredom of eating the boring green salad, it also adds a lot of color on your plate and enriches the nutritional value.. I had a bunch of watercress that I tossed into the salad at the end for a spicy kick..

Salmon Steak- 1, skin removed and cut into cubes
Zesty Italian salad dressing-1/2 cup
Turkey Bacon- 3 strips divided into 2 each

Organic Mesclun mix or mixed greens- 1 store bought package
Water cress -1/2 cup
Grape tomatoes- 6 sliced
Pear- ½ of one sliced thin
Onion rings-4
Blue Cheese crumbled- 1 Tblspn
Walnuts- 6
Honey- 1 Tblpsn
Salt and pepper as needed.


For Bacon wrapped Salmon bites.
  1. Cube the salmon into small pieces. Toss with ¼ cup salad dressing, a pinch salt and pepper.
  2. Now, pick up a piece of salmon between index finger and thumb. Take a piece of bacon and wrap it around the salmon.
  3. Hold it together with a toothpick. Do the same with all the cubes of salmon until there are no more left.   
  4. Bake in oven or broil until the salmon is just done and the bacon is crisp. Remove and keep aside.
For Candied Walnuts
1.      In a small cereal bowl, toss the walnuts with the honey. Spread them in a small baking pan pre-sprayed with baking spray.
2.      Bake in oven along with the salmon but only for about 10 mins to crisp up the walnuts. Remove and keep aside.
For Putting the Salad together.
  1. This mix is for two people and must be served immediately.
  2. In a glass bowl place the salad mix with the watercress leaves together with the tomatoes, pear and onion rings.
  3. Add a pinch of salt, pepper, the rest of the salad dressing and toss well.
  4. Place a mound of salad in the center of a pretty salad plate and arrange the salmon bites around it. You can place 4-6 as desired
  5. Now, top the salad with onion rings, crumbled blue cheese and candied walnuts. Enjoy!!

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