Grilled Salmon Salad with Crispy Chickpeas and Avocado Dressing

This citrus marinated grilled salmon is served on a bed of wilted kale. Top with crunchy, spiced chickpeas, fresh radishes, beets, cucumbers, pistachios and a creamy basil mint avocado dressing. It’s a perfect spring dinner.

I am in love with this salad. The color and crunchy texture. The brilliant acid to fat ratio. Creating a salad that is truly balanced and bursting with flavor is an overlooked art. So much thought is necessary in creating a perfect salad. Is it any wonder that the salad section on restaurant menus are often underwhelming, usual suspects?

And maybe it’s just because people love cobb salads (I mean seriously, blue cheese, bacon, avocado…). While part of me wants to explore the idea here that salads are seen as “woman’s food” and therefore neglected, unimportant parts of a dinner menu, I have committed to efficiency in 2018. Which means less tangents. And more focus on giving you access to easy, healthy recipes.

Let’s say salads are “woman’s food”, which they’re not but are often stereotyped that way. The salad section is frequently the most thoughtless, over looked portion of a menu. Listen up world! “Woman’s food” deserves better. That means stop putting only female chefs in the garde manger (salad) section of the kitchen. It means putting the same time creating this section as the more “beefy” sections (because you charge the same price, bruh). It means listening to what women want. Which, clue in, is probably not salads and a man.

Woman want to be taken seriously and given respect. The same kind men receive in our culture. And that’s why this grilled salmon salad has a more deserving place on the “woman’s portion of a menu” than say, a cobb salad. Because it took a lot of thought, time, and creativity to come up with. The same as any other recipe I create here.

Men deserve this salad too. All of humanity deserve crispy, ras el hanout chickpeas and creamy avocado dressing. Because you are deserving. And this salad is boss.

This delicious salad will only take 30 minutes, if you do things in the right order. Here are steps to 30 minute, grilled salmon salad success.

  1. Toss the chickpeas with spices and oil and stick them in the oven for 25 mintues. (3 min)
  2. Squeeze citrus juices along with olive oil, and salt over the salmon and let it sit for 10 minutes. (3 min)
  3. Chop up your veg (beets, watermelon radish if you can find it, cucumber, and kale). (5 min)
  4. Blitz your avocado dressing in a blender. (5 min)
  5. Throw the salmon on the grill (or stove because winter). (2 min ~ cook for 10-15 min)
  6. Sauté your kale. (4 min)
  7. Put everything together!
  8. Enjoy! Bask in your deservedness. And share the grilled salmon salad love with the people you love.

Click here for the avocado dressing recipe.

Grilled Salmon Salad with Crispy Chickpeas and Avocado Dressing
 
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Recipe Type: Main
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
Chickpeas
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and patted dry
  • 2 tsp oil (such as avocado oil, coconut oil, or pure olive)
  • 2 tsp ras el hanout (1 tsp cumin, ½ tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp paprika if you don't have it)
  • ½ tsp sea salt
Salmon
  • ½ lb salmon, cut into 2 steaks
  • Juice of 1 orange (about ¼ cup, I used a cara cara but a navel is great too)
  • juice of ½ a lemon (2 Tbsp)
  • 2 Tbsp same oil as above
  • 1 tsp salt
Avocado Dressing
  • Click the link above for the recipe.
Salad Components:
  • 4 cups kale, stems removed and roughly chopped
  • ½ watermelon radish, cut in half and thinly sliced (or ¼ cup salad radishes)
  • ½ large beet, peeled, cut in half, and thinly sliced
  • Seedless cucumber, peeled lengthwise with a vegetable peeler into long strips, about 4-6 stips
  • 2 Tbsp pistachios, shelled, toasted, and roughly chopped
Instructions
Moroccan Chickpeas
  1. Heat the oven to 400 F and heat your grill on high (if it's too cold to grill you can also cook the salmon on the stove top). On a parchment paper or foil lined baking sheet, toss the chickpeas ingredients together and place in the oven. Bake for 25 minutes, giving the pan a good shake halfway through.
Salmon
  1. Place the salmon into a small container. Sprinkle the salmon with salt, squeeze the citrus juices over top, and drizzle with oil. Allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes and continue prepping the veggies and making the avocado dressing while it sits.
  2. Place the salmon skin side down on the grill and cover. Allow to sit about 5 minutes or until the skin is nice and crispy. Flip the salmon and grill for 2-5 minutes (until there is a solid mark) and then turn the salmon 90 degrees and cook another 2-5 minutes or until the salmon is firm, is expelling some of the white fat, and just barely darker pink in the middle.
Veggies
  1. While the salmon marinates, chop your veggies and set aside. Keep the beets and radishes as thin as possible.
  2. While the salmon is cooking, sauté and cover the chopped kale in a small amount of oil and salt over medium until wilted and a lighter shade of green.
Avocado Dressing
  1. Click the link above for the recipe.
Prepare the salad
  1. Place everything lovingly on your plate, starting with the wilted kale and finishing with the salmon and avocado dressing. The dressing with keep for 2-3 days.

 

Stacy Feyer-Salo

Stacy is the creative director and photographer for the food blog POP KITCHEN. Creating accessible, vibrant, healthy and simple recipes while have fun doing it is her jam! As a trained chef, Stacy has worked as a meal planner and private chef for almost a decade and wants to share all her skills. She lives in Toronto with her family and enjoys listening to hip-hop and eating all the tacos.

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