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Seared Salmon over Mixed Greens

A mixed green salad with dried cranberries, feta cheese, red onion, and candied pecans tossed with Raspberry Vinaigrette and topped with seared salmon. Salads truly are one of my favorite things to eat especially a really substantial salad that can stand alone as a meal.

Seared Salmon over Mixed Greens with Dried Cranberries, Feta, and Candied Pecans

 

Salmon is one of my favorite proteins to add to a salad when I’m sick and tired of chicken. I love how it is so easy to flake apart with your fork into little bite-sized pieces so you get some in every bite.

Seared Salmon over Mixed Greens with Dried Cranberries, Feta, and Candied Pecans

Plus salmon is such an oily fish, I always find myself adding less salad dressing to my salad when it contains salmon.

Seared Salmon with Mixed Greens over Dried Cranberries, Feta, and Candied Pecans

This Seared Salmon over Mixed Greens Salad makes a filling lunch or dinner and is a great way to use up leftover salmon. Who can resist a mixture of nuts, cheese, and dried fruit?

Seared Salmon over Mixed Greens with Dried Cranberries, Feta, and Candied Pecans

Seared Salmon over Mixed Greens with Dried Cranberries, Feta, and Candied Pecans

Seared Salmon Salad over Mixed Greens

Seared Salmon served over mixed greens with dried cranberries, feta cheese, and candied pecans and a raspberry vinaigrette.
PREP: 10 mins
COOK: 18 mins
TOTAL: 28 mins
SERVINGS: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless salmon filets
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 12 cups mixed salad greens
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Candied Pecans

  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup pecan halves

Raspberry Vinaigrette

  • 3 tablespoons raspberry balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Make the Candied Pecans. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine corn syrup, sugar, salt, and cayenne pepper in a medium bowl. Add pecans and stir to coat. Spread on baking sheet and place in oven 5 minutes. Stir and place back in oven for 10 minutes. Let cool.
  • Make Vinaigrette. Whisk together vinegar, lemon juice, and honey. Gradually add in canola oil, whisking continuously. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Make Salmon. Season salmon with salt and pepper and sprinkle with paprika. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place salmon in pan, skin side up for about 4 minutes. Turn and cook until salmon is medium-rare, about 4 more minutes.
  • In a salad bowl, toss mixed greens with cranberries, red onion, and feta. Divide between 4 plates. Top with salmon and pecans and drizzle with Vinaigrette.

Nutrition

Calories: 656kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American

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15 thoughts on “Seared Salmon over Mixed Greens”

  1. This looks like such a tasty and light meal Christin! Love salmon and yours looks perfectly seared and sounds wonderful paired with this light salad ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the raspberry vinaigrette and candied pecans – looks so healthy and delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner

    I love how you kept the salmon simple…it’s such a tasty fish and doesn’t need anything fancy. This salad is definitely something that my husband and I would enjoy. (It’s the only fish he eats!) ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    Now, these are some really gorgeous shots girl! And the salad looks incredible – salmon is my favorite fish ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Sarah & Arkadi

    this dish makes me think of summer! how i long to it, as well as salmon and greens! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com

    Wow – that salmon has been seared so well! Paired with the candied pecan and raspberry vinaigrette, it sure sounds delectable!

  6. I eat salmon weekly, and love it in salads! Salads are best when they include dried fruit, cheese, and nuts in my book, so this meal is something I would truly enjoy!

  7. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

    Love salad and you have all of my favorite things in this one: salmon, pecans, feta, and raspberry vinaigrette! Maybe I’ll whip this up tonight with the rogue salmon in the my fridge!

  8. Aimee / WallflowerGirl.co.uk

    Sounds like a lovely light meal, perfect for the more Spring like weather we’re getting here!

  9. Bam's Kitchen

    A great way to lighten up our dinners. I love dried fruits and nuts in my salad too. Take care, BAM

  10. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

    That salmon is so VIBRANT, and looks just so so delicious! Love everything about this salad!

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