Sunday, August 24, 2008

Avocado and Salmon Salad

Ever have one of those weeks? A stretch of days where everything you have to do snowballs and knocks you flat so that, by the weekend, the last thing in the world you want is to work hard for your dinner? I’m betting you have. Probably more than one week like that. Well, I just had one of those weeks and I found myself too tired to even bother with any sort of take away. I wanted something simple, flavorful and healthy but I didn’t want to expend a lot of effort. This avocado and salmon salad was the very thing. Non-dairy, no sugar added, egg-free, gluten-free, low sodium and easily adaptable, this salad is a wonderful and healthy dish that can be whipped up in literally minutes. Here’s how it goes.

You’ll need:

· 1 ripe avocado (it should be give a bit in your fingers but the skin should be undamaged)
· ¼ tsp ginger (I used ground ginger but fresh ginger is great if you have it on hand)
· 1 tsp celery seed
· ½ tsp salt (can be omitted)
· 2 T lime juice
· 2 tsp low sodium soy sauce
· 1 – 2 tsp minced fresh parsley
· ¼ cup minced onion (I used a sweet onion but you can use any onion, including scallions if you’d like)
· 6 oz canned salmon, drained (this can be rinsed and drained if it is more sodium than you want to have)

Mix together the avocado, ginger, celery seed, salt, lime juice, soy sauce and parsley until fairly smooth. It will have a consistency similar to mayonnaise. Add the onion and salmon and mix well.

That’s it! This is excellent on crackers, wrapped in lettuce leaves, on toast points, wrapped in a tortilla or on a simple sandwich. Want to hear about alternatives? No problem. Switch out the salmon for tuna, if you’d like. Add additional diced vegetables such as sweet peppers or celery. You can add diced apple and toasted sunflower seeds, as well, if you’d like a bit more crunch. Very adaptable.

I don’t suppose I need to remind you of the benefits of using avocado in place of mayonnaise, do I? In case you haven’t already heard, avocado, while reasonably high in fat, is loaded with monounsaturated fats which are quite healthy when eaten in moderation. Monounsaturated fats can even help reduce blood cholesterol. Additionally, avocados are high in B vitamins which are so good for many body functions as well as overall energy levels.

So, if you’re in a bit of a hurry for a healthy, flavorful meal that is a bit of something different, give this salad a try. Let’s go eat that!

7 comments:

Trisha said...

Avocado and salmon are both perfect choices for plain and simple flavor -- and they're perfect for each other, too! Sounds tasty.

Sandra Gordon said...

You're right about the simplicity of the flavors. The avocado, especially, is practically a blank canvas. You can pair it with so many things which is great when you need flexibility and low-fuss.

Corinne said...

I'm not much of a salmon fan, but anything with avocado is try-able in my book :)
I wonder if you could use orzo in the croquettes

Sandra Gordon said...

Corinne, trade out the salmon for tuna or even chicken. It will still be great.

Orzo is a good suggestion. I don't know why that wouldn't work just fine. Thanks!

BaileyAKA said...

Hey I think that you may be able to eat this too:

http://www.diet.com/recipe/avocado-fruit-salad

Mmmm sounds so good. And so does your salmon/avo idea. I'm def keeping this one bookmarked.

Sandra Gordon said...

Hey, thanks for the link and recipe suggestion, Bailey. I'm always eager for something else to try.

The avocado with salmon is a nice combination but you can change out the salmon for tuna or chicken if salmon doesn't do it for you. Hope you enjoy!

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