Salmon Salad with Carrot-Ginger Dressing

This is one of my favorite salad.  The original recipe is from “It’s All Good”; this one includes with modifications from me.  The dressing has quite a few unusual ingredients, but I promise you that this salad will be such a hit, that it will be well worth the investment.  You will use these ingredients over and over again.  I hope you enjoy it!

The Salad

  • Your favorite lettuce (Bibb, Romaine, etc.  I used two heads of Romaine lettuce)
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes sliced in halves (or take a regular tomato and chop it up)
  • ½ cucumber sliced
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ tablespoon of toasted sesame seeds          

The Salmon

  • Four 4-ounce salmon fillets
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper

Place the salmon fillets on a baking sheet.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Bake for 20 minutes or so.

The Dressing

  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 shallots, peeled and chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped ginger
  • 2 tablespoons sweet white miso paste (I only had barley miso when I made this, so I added ½ teaspoon of it. If you cannot find white miso and only have red/barley miso like I had, when you have everything in the blender add ½ teaspoon at a time until you like how it tastes)
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • ½ cup grapeseed oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon sea or kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Put everything together in a blender and blend until smooth.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and that it helps you live a better life.  I would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below. 

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About Cucumbers

  • Because they contain seeds, cucumbers are actually fruits
  • Belong to the same family as melons and squashes
  • Come in a wide variety of colors, sizes, shapes and textures
  • Worldwide, China by far the largest producer, providing about two-thirds of the global supply

Nutrient Profile

  • Phytonutrients
  • Vitamin K
  • Molybdenum
  • Pantothenic acid
  • Copper
  • Potassium
  • Manganese
  • Vitamin C
  • Phosphorus
  • Magnesium
  • Biotin
  • Vitamin B1

Health Benefits

  • Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Benefits
  • Anti-cancer benefits

Selection and Storage

  • Can be very sensitive to heat, choose those that are displayed in refrigerated cases in the market
  • Should be firm, rounded at their edges, and their color should be a bright medium to dark green
  • Thin-skinned cucumbers will generally have fewer seeds than those that are thick-skinned

Health Concerns

According to the Environmental Working Group's 2016 report "Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce", conventionally grown cucumbers are among the top 12 fruits and vegetables on which pesticide residues have been most frequently found.  Therefore, individuals wanting to avoid pesticide-associated health risks may want to avoid consumption of cucumbers unless they are grown organically.

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