Fresh salmon is grilled until perfectly blackened for this blackened salmon salad. Such a yummy summer salad!
Today’s recipe was inspired by an amazing salad that I had during our anniversary getaway last year. The marinated salmon was perfectly cooked and served on fresh spring greens and spinach and had mandarin oranges in it. It was so tasty that I craved it the rest of our trip! I knew I had to create a blackened salmon salad at home!
I was given the opportunity to work with Alaska Seafood to highlight the nutrition and health benefits of eating Alaska seafood and develop a gluten-free recipe with it. I chose Sockeye Salmon, bought frozen at my local store, as salmon is a favorite of my family.
I wanted to create an easy weeknight meal that would be enjoyed by my whole family. I thought of a number of different recipes, but kept thinking about that amazing salad I’d had and decide to try to recreate it. I’m very happy with how this blackened salmon salad turned out! While I often opt for simple side salads like this sunflower seed salad, this salad is a full meal.
Did you know that Alaska supplies nearly 60% of the nation’s seafood and about 90% of North America’s salmon? I have quite a few friends that live in Alaska and work on the fishing boats. I’m so envious of their fresh fish! I am thankful that I can find frozen Alaska Seafood at my local stores though.
You can have this meal completely cooked, plated, and on the table in about 45 minutes! That’s perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. Plus, it is a meal you can feel good about feeding your family! The salmon is high in protein, low in saturated fat, and one of the best sources of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. The spring salad, spinach and mandarin orange slices make this salad high in iron, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C.
If you are intimidated about cooking seafood at home, I definitely recommend you start experimenting with frozen salmon filets. They are boneless, and have skin on only one side, which is easy to peel off with a fork or knife once cooked.
In this easy recipe, the salmon filets marinate in a simple gluten-free soy sauce and honey marinade while you make the dressing and assemble the salad. You can definitely start these marinating earlier in the day to save time at dinner time. It would make the salmon even more flavorful too! Here are the ingredients for the salmon:
Also, you can grill the salmon instead of cooking in a skillet on the stove top. I just don’t know how to operate our barbecue still! I know – crazy! I singed my eyebrows when I was trying to operate our gas grill when I was a teenager, so now I just stay far away from those things! Next time I make this though, I’ll be sure to have hubby grill the salmon since then I’ll have even less clean-up.
I chose to make a homemade vinaigrette using wild huckleberries, since I had a huge bag of them in my freezer. Huckleberries grow in the mountains not too far away from where I live here in Idaho and are such a treat! I realize not many people have those on hand, so feel free to use blueberries, raspberries or blackberries in place. The berries add great flavor to this light dressing. I didn’t make it too sweet, given that there is some honey in the salmon and the mandarin oranges already add some sweetness to the recipe, but you can sure add additional honey to the vinaigrette if you’d like.
I hope you enjoy the salad! I’d love to hear what your favorite seafood is and how you like to prepare it.
Gluten-free Blackened Salmon Salad recipe:
I use San-J Tamari gluten-free soy sauce. Feel free to substitute blueberries or raspberries for the huckleberries in the vinaigrette! As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Marinate the salmon:
Make the Vinaigrette:
I use San-J Tamari gluten-free soy sauce.
Feel free to substitute blueberries or raspberries for the huckleberries in the vinaigrette!
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