Superfood Extravaganza: Nutrient-Packed Lentil and Salmon Salad
Why this Salad is so Special:
- This salad is anything but boring- sweet pears, tart green apples, two kinds of nuts, chickpeas, red onions, fresh crisp greens and protein rich lentils make up the exciting ingredient list.
- King salmon is one of the most healthy proteins you can eat.
- The ingredients in this recipe hit every part of your taste buds- sweet pears, sharp onions, savory cauliflower and more.
- I roast everything on a single sheet pan in batches to keep clean up to a minimum.
The Health Benefits of King Salmon:
Wild King Salmon, fished from cold waters, is preferred over farmed salmon. While it is a bit pricer, eating salmon twice a week has innumerable healthy benefits.
Here are just a few:
- A 3.5 oz serving of King salmon has 25 grams of protein
- Salmon is a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of heart disease. See a Washington State healthy eating guide HERE.
- Omega-3 fatty acids are good for brain function. Studies show consuming salmon can improve mood, memory and cognitive function. Eat fish. Be happy.
- It is low in calories- the protein can reduce appetite and create a satisfied feeling.
- King Salmon is rich in Vitamin D- essential for a healthy immune system
- King Salmon is also bursting with Vitamin B12 and potassium
- Antioxidants like astaxanthin are found in king salmon which prevent neurodegenerative, cardiovasular and inflammatory diseases.
This gorgeous salad came together when we had an abundance of late summer fruits and vegetables in the kitchen. It is practically a “kitchen sink” recipe, because I threw everything but the kitchen sink into this recipe.
How to Make this Salad:
- Cook the lentils in boiling water until just barely tender. Add drained chickpeas and drizzle with olive oil. Set aside.
- Mix all the spices together in a small bowl.
- Peel butternut squash, trim cauliflower. Coat the veggies with the spices and olive oil. Roast the squash and cauliflower on a rimmed baking sheet at 400 degrees.
- Coat the salmon with olive oil and more of the spice mix. Roast the salmon on the same baking sheet.
- Toast the nuts in a pan with a bit of butter and remaining spice mix. Set aside to cool.
- Assemble all the ingredients- pears, apples, lentils and chickpeas, onion, dried fruit, roasted vegetables, salmon and greens in a large salad bowl, adding the goat cheese, dressing and nuts last.
Other salmon recipes to try:
- Simple Salmon Piccata
- Gluten-Free spicy Salmon Bowl with Coconut Rice
- Chopped Quinoa & Salmon Bowl
- Simple Suppers: Garlic Honey Salmon
- Busy Day One-Pan Lemon Salmon Skillet