Salmon Salad w/ Creamy Avocado Dressing

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DSC_0025 Salmon might be my favorite fish. I am a BIG fan of sea-bass too…but salmon is more affordable and easier to find and is full of health benefits. My husband likes it, but not as much as I do — so when he is out of town I do a lot of salmon cooking for one. This salad is delicious, fresh, and healthy! Again, key here is fresh and ripe ingredients. Especially the AVOCADO. INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 ripe avocado – peeled and chopped into small chunks
  • 3/4 cup packed fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 1 tbsp shallot chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 filet of fresh salmon – 4-6 ounces
  • 2 cups mixed field greens
  • 1 small vine ripened tomato – seeded and chopped
  • 2 tbsp of light shredded cheese
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil with a high smoke point
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place 1/2 of the avocado, cilantro, sour cream or yogurt, shallots, garlic, lime juice, sugar, and salt in a blender or food processor; blend until smooth. Set aside
  3. Pat dry salmon with paper towel. Sprinkle w/ salt and pepper.
  4. Heat oil to medium heat in a saute pan.
  5. Place salmon in pan, skin side up.
  6. Saute for 4-5 minutes and flip to skin side down.
  7. Keep skin-side down for another 2-3 minutes.
  8. Place saute pan in oven for about 7-10 minutes. If pan is not oven save, line baking sheet with foil and place salmon skin side down on pan.
  9. While salmon is cooking, mix lettuce, cheese, tomatoes and the remaining avocado into a bowl. Toss with about 1-2 tbsp of the dressing- depending on how much dressing you like.
  10. Salmon should register a 145 degrees internally when done.
  11. Pull from oven and let rest while you prepare to plate.
  12. Pull skin from bottom of salmon – due to the searing skin side down it should peel off easily.
  13. To plate: place salmon on plate or in bowl, lay salmon on salad, and top salmon with a dollop of dressing.
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All ingredients in food processor

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Dressing is complete!

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Salmon is done!

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Pulling skin off the salmon

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Mixing the salad while salmon cooks

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Salad complete!

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