Salmon Salad

A few weeks ago, Hy-Vee started carrying fresh wild salmon, now I've noticed it's also at Dahl's and Whole Foods. So we have lots of options...I love to order salmon salads when I go out for dinner so I decided to make an at-home version. It was Delicious! First I got together my mise en place, just like the chef's do:

Here are the ingredients:

  • Arugula & Spinach (fresh from my grandma's garden)
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Feta Cheese
  • Chopped Fennel (I love to get this from Trader Joe's most of the prawns are cut off)
  • Chopped, seeded tomatoes
  • Radishes, thinly sliced
  • Cilantro
  • Fresh cracked pepper & salt
  • Waldburg Balsamic Calamansi (a german vinaigrette)
  • Olive Oil Spritzer
  • 4 - 4 oz Keta Salmon Filets (I asked the butcher to divide them into 4 oz serving sizes, just the right amount!)


  • Wash, rinse and spin the greens and place in bowl once dried, season with salt, pepper and a little vinaigrette
  • Heat up sauté pan on stove to medium low heat, spray with cooking spray; also heat up grill pan and spray (you could certainly do this on a real grill as well)
  • Once veggies are chopped, spritz with olive oil
  • Season salmon with salt and pepper and place skin side down on grill pan and cook for 3-5 minutes until easily flipped; cook other side for a few minutes
  • Once finished cooking, remove from pan and let rest on a separate plate
  • Saute onions first, then add fennel after a few minutes and mushrooms last
  • If you need to, add more olive oil, cooking spray, and/or vinaigrette to the sauté pan while cooking
  • Once vegetables are caramelized remove from heat
  • Add vegetables and chopped cilantro to greens, season again with salt and pepper and drizzle vinaigrette over top
  • Layer salmon on top of greens and veggies and sprinkle with feta cheese

The fennel adds a beautiful licorice flavor, I had to stop myself from eating it all out of the pan! This vinaigrette is from Vom Foss in the shops at Roosevelt on 42nd street in Des Moines. I had never been there until a recent Central Iowa Dietetic Association meeting. What a cool store - you can find all kinds of vinegars, oils, liquors, and wines. You can pick out the size of container you want and pay per mL. Once your bottle is empty just take it back and refill it with your favorite flavor or try a new one!