Salads are an easy way to fill your day with satisfying and healthful vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins. For our three-day post-splurge eating reset, we wanted to create a salad that helps you add a lot of healthy fats, too. Naturally detoxifying avocado, blueberries and spinach join forces with omega-3 rich salmon in this hearty salad. Avocado also adds a boost of heart-healthy unsaturated fat.
While you combine the ingredients of your salad, let the fillet cook undisturbed over medium-high heat. This will help the delicate fish create a beautiful crust and a moist, juicy center. You can also delicately blot the fish’s surface with a paper towel before placing in the pre-heating pan. This will help ensure you get that delicious and crispy crust.
If you can’t find fresh salmon or don’t have a fishmonger nearby, look for jarred salmon packed in oil. (These are typically in the aisle with canned tuna.) This budget-friendly alternative is an easy way to get omega-3s when you can’t get high-quality fish at your local grocery store.
This recipe is part of our 3-Day Post-Holiday Diet Reset.
Baby Spinach Salad with Salmon, Berries, and Avocado
1 (6-oz) salmon fillet
1/8 tsp salt, divided
1/8 tsp pepper, divided
2 tbsp olive oil, divided
3 cups baby spinach
1/4 cup blueberries
2 tbsp coarsely chopped walnuts
1 tsp honey
1 tsp white wine vinegar
3 slices avocado
Sprinkle fish with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook in 1 Tbsp hot oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat, 3 to 4 minutes per side or until done.
Meanwhile, combine spinach, blueberries, and nuts in a dish. Whisk together 1 Tbsp oil, honey, vinegar, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Top salad with fish and avocado; drizzle with oil mixture.
Yield 1 salad
Eating this for lunch? Cook the salmon the night before you plan to eat it for lunch, and refrigerate it separately from the other ingredients. Salmon is delicious cold, so you can just add it to your salad. Or you can gently heat the salmon before eating. Microwave at 50% power for 1 to 2 minutes to warm the fish again.