Salmon Power Salad with Honey-Dijon Vinaigrette

This Salmon Power Salad is full of superfoods such as blueberries, walnuts, spinach, and of course, salmon. This delicious salad is full of health-boosting power!

This Salmon Power Salad is full of health-boosting superfoods! | Kristine's Kitchen

Dinner salads are one of my favorite types of meals. I know that the name “salad” can be deceiving, as some are filled with unhealthy, high-calorie ingredients. By making main dish salads at home, you can control the ingredients and nutrition. Plus, eating at home is usually much more budget-friendly, too.

 

I had two goals when making this salad. First, it had to taste good. Taste is so important when it comes to our food, right? My second goal was to incorporate as many healthy “superfoods” as possible. Superfoods are foods that have many health benefits- for your heart, brain, and even mood. These foods are (obviously) unprocessed, and they offer health benefits such as reducing heart disease risk, lowering cholesterol, and even warding off cancer. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?

This Salmon Power Salad is full of health-boosting superfoods! | Kristine's Kitchen

And just look at this salad. The taste and flavors are amazing. It’s full of spiced grilled salmon, toasted walnuts, creamy avocado, fresh blueberries, red onion, and tangy goat cheese. You definitely won’t feel that you’re missing anything while eating this salad. It will leave you full of energy to tackle the rest of your day!

This Salmon Power Salad is full of health-boosting superfoods! | Kristine's Kitchen


Salmon Power Salad with Honey-Dijon Vinaigrette
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 4
 
This Salmon Power Salad is full of superfoods such as blueberries, walnuts, spinach, and of course, salmon. This delicious salad is full of health-boosting power!
Ingredients
For the salmon:
  • 1 lb. fresh salmon, skin on
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
For the vinaigrette:
  • 2 ½ tbsp. plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 ½ tbsp. honey
  • 1 ½ tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
For the salad:
  • 8 cups baby spinach
  • ½ small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup walnuts, lightly toasted and chopped
  • 1 avocado, pitted and cut into cubes
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
Directions
Prepare the salmon:
  1. In a small bowl, stir together the chili powder and brown sugar. Rub over the top of the salmon.
  2. Heat a grill pan over medium heat and lightly spray with cooking spray. Place salmon in the pan, skin side down, and grill until cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Remove to a clean plate to cool slightly.
Make the vinaigrette:
  1. Whisk together yogurt, honey, Dijon, and vinegar until smooth. Whisk in olive oil. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
Assemble the salads:
  1. Place two cups spinach in each of 4 bowls. Lightly drizzle with vinaigrette and gently toss to distribute. Top with red onion, walnuts, avocado, blueberries, and goat cheese. Break the salmon into bite-size pieces and arrange on salads. Drizzle salads with remaining vinaigrette and serve.
Source: Kristine's Kitchen original.

 This Salmon Power Salad is full of health-boosting superfoods! | Kristine's Kitchen


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  1. Your Salmon Power Salad looks and I am sure tastes delicious!
    It is nice to have a new salad recipe for those warm summer
    evenings when it is too hot to cook dinner.

  2. This salad looks amazing! I’m intrigued by the brown sugar and chili powder on the salmon…I am going to have to try that as a topper for my next dinner salad, which, ahem, will be tomorrow! And I can’t wait to try this vinaigrette too! Pinned!

    • Thanks for the pin, Lindsey! The brown sugar-chili powder gives the salmon a sweet-spicy crust. Just be careful not to overcook- mine turned out a little more blackened than I was hoping for. It was still delicious, though!

  3. Delicious! I am obsessed with salmon, and this salad looks like the best way possible to enjoy it. Great recipe!

  4. These salad looks very nice and it’s perfect for this season ! And the Dijon’s moutarde is very easy to me to find it ;) because I live in France :)
    Very nice photos.

    • Thank you, Eva! This honey Dijon vinaigrette is my new favorite! I’ve been using it on all sorts of salads. I’ve never been to France but would love to visit someday! :)

  5. This salad looks incredible! The combo of blueberries and avocado is something I haven’t tried yet, and clearly need to! Looks like a big bowl of superfood goodness. I can hardly wait for blueberry season where I live so I can give this a whirl!

    • I hope blueberry season arrives soon where you live! My favorite way to enjoy fresh blueberries (besides on a salad like this one) is on top of a bowl of homemade granola!

  6. I love how you included so many superfoods! The chili powder and brown sugar are a great flavor combo, especially paired with the vinaigrette. I want you to make salads for me – you make amazing ones! Pinned!

  7. Dinner salads are my favorite too, especially ones like this! Panera makes a similar salad, a spinach powerhouse one, but this looks like it could rival it! Sounds amazing! I absolutely love the vinaigrette dressing on this, such fresh and light ingredients. This is on my list of salads to try!

  8. I love salmon, especially with a little chili powder on it. This salad looks so fresh and delicious!

  9. I don’t normally like salads much, but the salmon/blueberry/avocado/walnut combination looks really good!

  10. My kids are finally at the age that they enjoy a great salad for dinner. This one looks like it would fit the bill perfectly!

    • I am looking forward to the days when my kids will eat salad! I usually serve them a deconstructed version of whatever dinner salad I’m making. With this salmon salad, they ate salmon, blueberries, and some strawberries (wish they would eat avocado!).

  11. Salmon power salad sounds amazing!! I can almost taste it. Pinning this one! That vinaigrette sounds lovely. Girl you’re making me hungry! And it’s 5am (I’m not normally up this early, but work called to keep me home until they need me; and I’m hoping they won’t need me ;)). Anyway, I can’t wait to try this salad!

    • Thanks, Natasha! I hope your work doesn’t need you and you get the day off! This salad is so good, but I’m not sure I could eat it at 5am! :)

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