This protein-packed salad not only boasts a range of superfoods, but it is also delicious and satisfying. Buttery salmon flakes, crunchy walnuts, and sweet, chewy nuggets of dried blueberries are all tossed with tender baby spinach.
Lightly dressed with a tangy dijon and balsamic vinaigrette, this salad is filling enough to be a hearty meal. Yet even with a homemade vinaigrette, it's simple to put together. And once you see how easy it is to prepare salmon, you may find yourself enjoying it more often!
Pair this salad with a crusty french bread, and treat yourself to a healthy meal that feels like an indulgence.
Notes: If the vinaigrette has separated when it's time to dress the salad, simply whisk it together again. If you want a more stable emulsion, mix the dressing in a high-speed blender, drizzling the olive oil in slowly.
If you like, you can substitute 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries when they are in season. They will provide a different texture and less concentrated flavour than the dried blueberries, though.
Toasting the walnuts gives them a lovely crunch and make them more flavourful. It's worth the time, but be sure to watch them closely. They will go from perfectly golden to scorched very quickly.
This hearty salad is so rich in flavours and textures that it feels like a satisfying and special meal, not just the responsible choice. Cool spinach, mingled with light flakes of salmon, crunchy nuggets of walnut, and toothsome bits of dried blueberry give your mouth an adventure with every bite. The rich mix of flavours keeps this salad intriguing to the last bite, mingling a tangy vinaigrette, sweet, chewy blueberries, bright green spinach, toasty walnuts, and delicate salmon with a kiss of lemon. Adding a hearty helping of leafy greens, omega-3 rich salmon, and antioxidant-rich blueberries and walnuts to your diet can be quite a treat.