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Salmon Salad with Warm Vinaigrette

This ginger salmon salad has the flaky, flavorful roasted salmon on top of kale and romaine, drizzled with warm ginger vinaigrette.
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  • 1 pound salmon
  • 1 tablespoon firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups chopped kale
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • cup roasted, salted almonds, chopped

hot ginger dressing

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 small shallot, diced
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons red wine or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup olive oil


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the salmon on a baking sheet. Stir together the brown sugar, salt, paprika, coriander, garlic powder and pepper. Rub the spice mix all over the top of the salmon.
  • Roast the salmon for 12 to 15 minutes, or until it flakes easily with a fork and is opaque.
  • While the salmon is roasting, place the kale in a large bowl. Drizzle with the 1 teaspoon of olive oil and massage the kale. This helps break it down and it will be less bitter. Let it sit for 10 minutes while you make the hot ginger dressing.
  • To assemble the salad, toss the romaine lettuce in with the kale. Drizzle the greens with the dressing and toss. Add the salmon and almonds on top. Serve!

hot ginger dressing

  • Heat a saucepan over medium-low heat and add the sesame oil. Stir in the shallot with a pinch of salt and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the ginger and garlic and cook for 2 minutes more. Reduce the heat to low. Whisk in the vinegar, honey and soy sauce. Whisk in the olive oil until emulsified.
  • This dressing can be refrigerated and used warm or cold! To reheat, just heat in a skillet for 1 to 2 minutes until warm.

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