Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sesame Salmon Salad & Weekend Fun

Since I stopped eating wheat (well, mostly; I don’t worry about very small amounts since my sensitivity isn’t that severe), I sometimes miss certain foods. The other day, I thought about Chinese chicken salad and the crunchy noodles it is often topped with. I knew I couldn’t have the noodles, and I didn’t feel like cooking some chicken for the salad. Instead, I used what I had on hand, which was some teriyaki smoked salmon from the farmers’ market. I played around with my favorite avocado dressing and used a little bit of sesame oil instead of olive oil. I also added plenty of sesame seeds to the salad for a slight crunch. The salad turned out delicious and totally satisfied my Chinese Chicken Salad craving.

Sesame Salmon Salad
  • Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1/2 small avocado
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 tsps sesame oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 to 1 packet stevia
  • Sesame seeds to taste
  • Teriyaki smoked salmon (I buy a smoked salmon filet at the farmers’ market)
  1. Smash the avocado in the bottom of a salad bowl.
  2. Add the lemon juice, sesame oil, salt, pepper, and stevia and mix well.
  3. Mix the dressing with the lettuce.
  4. Once the salad is dressed, sprinkle it with sesame seeds.
  5. Top with smoked salmon.

We had a nice weekend. On Saturday, we went to a Cherry Blossom Festival, where the kid got to go on a pony ride and a big slide.

On Sunday, there was lots of bouncy house and Piñata fun at a birthday party.


Questions: What’s your favorite salad at the moment? What was the highlight of your weekend?
Be well,


  1. That's so creative, Andrea! I'll take your sesame salmon salad any day! Lately I've been having wilted salads (lightly steamed or sauteed spinach/kale) with some sort of protein on top. So good with avocado :)

    It looks like you guys had a great weekend! The highlight of my weekend was probably the nap I took - the first in a VERY long time ;)

    1. I love wilted salads. I used to make a spinach salad with a warm (sauteed) mushroom & onion dressing, but I haven't made it in a long time... And avocado makes pretty much everything better! :)

      Naps are nice!

      Have a great week, Jessie!

  2. Beautiful and healthy salad Andrea, I too love salmon on my salad.
    Your son is sure getting bigger and I love the picture on the pony :)
    Hope you are having a great week!

    1. Thanks, Juliana!

      Hope you are having a nice week, too!

  3. Anonymous4/30/2013

    great salad you've made, salmon is one of my favorite toppings.

    my fav salad at the moment: kale, zucchini noodles, tomato, mushroom, all massaged with 1/2 large avodado, tahini-lemon-maple syrup-miso dressing. love it! :)

    1. Your favorite salad sounds great! I'll have to recreate it! :)

  4. Hi Andrea! That looks like a very tasty salad. You really are creative at working with your food. I am a lazy cook, but should spend a little time developing some perfect spicy dressings/dips that I can eat for summer. Spice makes low calorie eating much happier.

    It is SO MUCH EASIER to watch my weight when I know that I don't need to eat any bread. I used to eat bread, whether I even wanted it or not. That sounds ridic, but really true. When I realized that it was excess calories and quit eating so much bread and carbs, my weight started coming off so fast.

    :-) Marion

    1. Yes, spices & herbs really make a difference!

      Not eating bread has made a big difference for me - not only is weight maintenance much easier, but I also feel sooo much better (wheat causes me major stomach problems...).

  5. This looks delectable!! I love sesame, with just about anything. I often use it instead of the oils called for in recipes (sesame oil, that is).
    My favorite salad at the moment is my chicken and spinach salad, with parmesan and broccoli and vinaigrette.

    1. Your spinach salad sounds delicious!

  6. It looks wonderful! I love salmon.

  7. I am learning to slow down on the weekends. I am the kind of person who always needs to be doing something, but last weekend my husband and I woke up at 8:15 and watched t.v. until 11:30! Normally I'd be thinking "I could have done 3 loads of laundry, mopped the kitchen floor, etc." But then I realized that hanging out with my hubs was more important than chores!

    1. Yes, slowing down is so important.

      With the kid getting busy with sports and sleepovers on the weekends, weekend mornings are usually hectic around here. I'm looking forward to some slower Saturday and Sunday mornings in the summer.

      Hope your week is going well!

  8. What a great recipe!!! I love the family fun pics always!

  9. I don't have a favorite salad, I like a lot of salads. Yours looks delicious except for the salmon that I don't like. But it was teriyaki spiced chicken, this salad would have been perfect for me too.

    My highlight was a beautiful walk at a new place with Bella and my hub.

    1. The salad would definitely work with teriyaki chicken!

      The walk sounds great!

  10. Ooh, that looks good! Salmon is my favorite protein. I like the TJs wild caught pepper coho

    1. I'll have to look for it at TJs!

  11. Yummy! Now I'm craving Chinese Chicken Salad....though I don't think that was the point of your post ;)
    I just looked at my weekend to-do list and there is nothing fun on there. It's supposed to be sunny--I need to add something fun!