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This Easy Balsamic Salmon Salad is the perfect meal for something a little light, simple to prepare, and full of flavor. Perfectly baked salmon is topped with a delicious dressing and then served atop a salad with the same delicious dressing.

Bird's eye view of Balsamic Salmon Salad in a white bowl.


Looking for a healthy dinner option that will still fill you up? Salmon salad is full of good for you vitamins and nutrients, yet still easy to make and full of flavor too. To keep things simple this recipe utilizes homemade balsamic dressing to use in a dual role. It glazes the salmon and provides the dressing for the salad. The majority of the time required to make this recipe comes from cutting each vegetable. This salmon salad is super simple, and more importantly it’s super delicious. It makes for a lovely, lighter meal.

What would be a good side dish to serve with this?

If you want something a little more to go with this salad, some Roasted Asparagus, Smashed Potatoes, or Rice Pilaf are great options.

Can I use balsamic glaze instead of balsamic vinegar?

Yes. This will make the dressing considerably sweeter. You can also use the normal Balsamic vinegar and add a tablespoon of honey if you wish to make the dressing sweeter.

Does fish have to cook for a certain amount of time? How do I know when it is done?

The USDA recommends that fish needs to be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. However, some say that salmon is overdone at this point. For a medium to medium well cook on your salmon, use the time and temperature indicated, or remove from oven when the salmon reaches an internal temperature of 125-130 degrees F and let it rest for 5 minutes.

Close up of Balsamic Salmon Salad in a white bowl.

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Bird's eye view of Balsamic Salmon Salad in a white bowl.
This Easy Balsamic Salmon Salad is the perfect meal for something a little light, simple to prepare, and full of flavor. Perfectly baked salmon is topped with a delicious dressing and then served atop a salad with the same delicious dressing.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Ingredients

Salmon

  • 4 salmon portions
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Balsamic Dressing

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Salad

  • 8 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 medium cucumber diced
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 small red onion sliced
  • 1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
Instructions
  • Preheat an oven to 450 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x13 pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Season the salmon portions with salt and pepper and place in the prepared baking dish.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, dijon mustard, salt, and pepper. This mixture will serve as both the seasoning on the salmon and the dressing for the salad.
  • Drizzle 1/3rd of the dressing onto the salmon and bake for 12-15 minutes until the salmon flakes easily with a fork.
  • Meanwhile, toss together the romaine lettuce, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, red onion slices, olives, and feta cheese.
  • Serve salad greens topped with a portion of salmon, either whole or chopped, and drizzle with more dressing.
Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 467kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 954mg | Potassium: 1452mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 9350IU | Vitamin C: 23.1mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Lunch, Main Dish, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Balsamic Salmon Salad
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