Heart Smart Salmon Salad

Image: Craving Something Healthy

Image: Craving Something Healthy

Earlier on the blog, in honour of heart health month, I explored how inflammation (the bad kind) negatively affects your cardiovascular health.

In that piece I mentioned “heart smart” foods – foods that are known to reduce bad inflammation and support your heart health. On that list you’ll find dark, leafy greens, berries, healthy fats, nuts and seeds, omega 3-rich fish, and legumes.

I like to think of meals in terms of how much nutritional value I can pack in, and I can attest that this salmon salad from Craving Something Healthy is packed to the brim with heart-healthy foods.

A time saving tip? Cook up a batch of salmon on Sunday and store it in the fridge in an air tight container for a quick-assembly dinner and lunch later in the week.

 

Heart Smart Grilled Salmon Salad

Ingredients

Salad

  • 1 pound fresh salmon filet
  • 3 cups baby salad greens
  • 1/4 cup walnut pieces
  • 1 cup red or black grapes
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 avocado, pitted and sliced

Dressing

  • 1 avocado
  • juice of 1 lime
  • juice of 1 orange + about 1 teaspoon zest
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • water
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper

Directions

Heat grill to high, and spray with cooking oil. Sprinkle salmon with salt and pepper, and and grill salmon, skin side down, for about 10 minutes, or until cooked as desired. Remove from heat and let cool.

Place greens, walnut pieces, grapes, pomegranate seeds in a large salad bowl and toss well.

While salmon is cooling, make the dressing, but placing avocado, citrus juices, orange zest, olive oil, dijon mustard, and honey in the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste, and water if needed, to thin.

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