Stacked Salmon Salad

I am officially a Lubbockite!  We made the big move this weekend and it’s definitely going to take some time to adjust to everything.  Self employed, new home, no car (long story), stay at home mom and new business venture all happening right now.  I’ve been excited about this move for quite some time but was a tad bit emotional when we left Tomball.  I will truly miss my AWESOME co-workers who became my family as well as taste testers for all my leftover goodies.  They will always hold a special place in my heart!

In my last couple days of work I went to an Italian restaurant with one of my co-workers.  I knew I wanted something light for lunch, so I settled for a salmon salad loaded with vegetables.  Now if you are like me you are thinking of spinach or lettuce leaves with a grilled or smoked salmon sitting on top of the salad with vegetables mixed into the bowl.  As the plate was placed in front of my I was literally in “awe” from the beauty and presentation of the salmon salad.  It was definitely not what I had in mind when I ordered this dish, but it came out so much better than I could have predicted.

After I went home and just raved about this salad, I knew that it was time to recreate it and make it for Shaun.  Now this salad has a lot of components to it, so it’s a little time consuming but YOU will not be disappointed in the final product.

ENJOY ~ Meagan

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Stacked Salmon Salad

Yield: 2 salads

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh spinach
2 salmon filets (3-4oz. each)
4 whole roasted red piquillo peppers, sliced in half removing the seeds
1 yellow squash, thinly sliced lengthwise
1 avocado, sliced
basil pesto
salt and pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Sprinkle salt and pepper on both filets with skin side down. Place on an greased baking sheet and place in oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove after cooking to allow it to cool down.

Add a little bit of olive oil to a skillet or grill and turn to medium heat. Add the thin slices of squash and spinach to the skillet. Stir the spinach to keep from burning. After a couple of minutes flip the squash and remove the spinach from the pan. About 3-5 minutes later remove the squash from the pan.

Using a VERY sharp knife cut each filet in half and remove the skin from the bottom of each filet. (It might flake off a bit and that is OK)

Lay out 1 piquillo pepper making a rectangular shape. Place 1/2 the salmon on top followed by the spinach, squash and avocado. Top with the other half of the salmon. Place a small spoonful of basil pesto over the top and season with more salt and pepper if need be.

Repeat with the other salmon filet.

Stacked Salmon Salad

   

16 Responses to “Stacked Salmon Salad”

  1. 1
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — September 9, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Congrats on all the new, exciting things happening (well, minus the car ;))! Love salmon in a salad.

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    • azestybite replied: — September 9th, 2013 @ 9:54 pm

      Thanks Stephanie.

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    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — September 9, 2013 at 8:43 am

    This salmon salad is so creative!

    PS That whole car thing gives me the heeby-jeebies {is that how I spell it?} anyways… so happy for you, good things happen to great people! :)

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    • azestybite replied: — September 9th, 2013 @ 9:54 pm

      It still gives me the heeby jeebies! I can’t remember all of it but I guess that is good news.

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — September 9, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Hooray for new adventures!! BTW….seriously glad you are okay with the whole car wreck!! And you get 50 gold stars for this salmon salad! LOVE!

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    • azestybite replied: — September 9th, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

      I will take you up on those stars!

      Luckily I don’t remember too much from the wreck.

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    Sues — September 9, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    What an awesome idea for a sandwich!! This looks so delicious… Congrats on the move! :)

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    Corey — September 9, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    My girl- miss you already. I am glad you guys made it there safely. It will not be the same around here without you. We are going to miss all the great food you so kindly shared. I guess I will try out more of your recipes now that you are not here to make it. Don’t forget I am still here if you need me to be a taste tester.

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    • azestybite replied: — September 9th, 2013 @ 9:52 pm

      Aww you are so sweet. Don’t worry I still plan on sending yall baked goods.

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    Gaby — September 9, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    What a great presentation, I know I would love the flavors of this salad! Congratulations on the move and your new adventure, very exciting!!

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    • azestybite replied: — September 9th, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

      Thanks Gaby! There is definitely a lot of change going on right now.

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    Tieghan — September 9, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    This is so creative! I love stacked food and this just moved up to number 1 on my must make list! Gorgeous!

    I am so happy and excited for you! All your new ventures sound so exciting and I wish you the best! As for the car, man that instagram photo gave me the chills. So happy you are ok!

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    • azestybite replied: — September 9th, 2013 @ 9:49 pm

      Thanks so much Tieghan! Luckily I can’t remember much from the crash.

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    Kelsey — September 9, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    What a gorgeous presentation!

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    • azestybite replied: — September 9th, 2013 @ 9:48 pm

      Thanks so much Kelsey.

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — September 10, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Congrats on your new business venture!! Hope things go well for you!

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