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Thursday, 02 May 2013 16:29

Minty Salmon, Avocado and Cucumber Salad

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It's sunny, it's spring and I wanna go out for brunch! On my diet, that goes a lot better in my patio than in a restaurant (sigh), but it always gives me an extra boost when I come up with a dish like this one to savor with my (rice milk) latte and mimosa.

  • Ingredients:


    1 lb salmon fillet
    1 tbsp olive oil
    sea salt and freshly-ground pepper, to taste
    2 pickle-sized cucumbers, peeled and chopped into 1/2" pieces
    1 large sprig fresh peppermint
    4 large leaves frisee, coarsely-chopped (should be about 1.5 cups)
    Juice of 1/2 meyer lemon
    1 tbsp high-quality olive oil
    1 ripe avocado, cut into 1" chunks

  • Instructions:


    Heat grill to medium-high. Brush salmon with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill, skin side down, until it flakes with a fork, being careful not to overcook. Set aside.

    Meanwhile, combine cucumbers, peppermint, frisee, olive oil and lemon juice in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Toss until thoroughly combined. Add avocado and stir gently to combine. If it's properly ripe, the avodaco will break down and combine with the olive oil/lemon 'dressing', giving it the effect of a creamy (but dairy-free!) dressing.

    To serve, make a bed of the vegetable mixture in a shallow bowl and top with 1/4 of the salmon fillet.

  • Serves: 4
  • Cuisine: American (general)
  • Cooking method: Grill/barbeque
  • Special ingredients: no dried fruits, no fresh / raw fruits that don't get cooked by the end of the recipe, no fermented / pickled foods, no seeds, no beans / legumes / pulses, no dried / ground spices, no alcohol, no grains
  • Just right for...: Great for kids, Crowds/parties, Light fare, Picnics, Spring favorites, Summer favorites
  • Top 8 allergens?: gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, nut-free, peanut-free
  • Active/prep time: 15-30 minutes
  • Total time (inc active/prep): 15-30 minutes
  • Substitution ideas:

    For the "fish-free", consider using chicken in place of the salmon; just cut it into strips before putting it on the salad and spritz it with a little extra meyer lemon juice to help meld the flavors.

  • Serving suggestions:


  • Specialty Diets: Paleo
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