Fats got a bad rap for years, but we are—one nutrition post at a time—trying to set the fat story straight. Because, the good kinds of fat (think nuts, olives, avocados, coconut) are actually really, really good for you and can help you to lose weight! Seriously. And this Fresh Salmon Salad recipe from the International Olive Council’s Add Some Life campaign is a fabulous way to nom-nom some of that healthy fat.
The below salmon salad recipe takes just 25 minutes to make (including prep time!), serves six to eight (perfect for families—or leftovers!) and is also rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and all kinds of goodies that your body will gobble up. Bonus? It’s also deee-licious. Enjoy!
Fresh Salmon Salad Recipe
1 c original quinoa
2 c water
1 pound salmon fillet, thawed if frozen
3 tbsp plus 2 tsp extra virgin or plain olive oil
5 to 6 sprigs plus 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
1 tsp grated lemon peel
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 c chopped mushrooms
1/2 c slivered ripe olives
1/4 c sliced pitted green olives
3 tbsp sliced green onion
Spinach or leaf lettuce
1. Heat oven to 400◦F. Line small baking sheet with foil; lightly grease with olive oil. Meanwhile, bring water to boil in medium saucepan, salt lightly if desired. Stir in quinoa; return to boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 10 to 15 minutes or until tender and liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, place salmon skin-side-down on foil. Drizzle 2 teaspoons olive oil evenly over fillet; sprinkle lightly with pepper, if desired, and top with dill sprigs. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily in thickest part. Remove from oven; cool slightly.
4. Layer spinach on serving platter or plates; top with quinoa. Break salmon into large chunks and arrange on quinoa.
And to encourage you to get your healthy salad on, the International Olive Council is giving away a prize pack to help you to build a better salad. Tell us what ingredients are in your favorite salad, and one lucky U.S. reader will win a Williams-Sonoma Salad Spinner, a Crate and Barrel Salad Dressing Mixer, Crate and Barrel Serving Tongs, an Add Some Life re-usable bag and an Add Some Life note pad. Winners will be chosen in about a week and notified via email and in the comments. G’luck! —Jenn