Simple Salmon Salad


This weekend, we took the kids to see their friends perform in HONK!, a musical from Journey Theater Arts Group. I love this part of motherhood — exposing the kids to theater, art, music ….. cooking. What I didn’t love — my salmon & sprouts not being fully cooked in time for dinner, before we left for the play.

What’s a mom to do? I decided to leave the salmon & sprouts in the oven, turned to off and we’d eat when we came home. Surely this would work. NOPE. Luke warm salmon and soggy sprouts are not delicious. But the wine was lovely, so all was not a complete loss. The sprouts got tossed ($10 in the trash) and the salmon was saved for later use.

Truth be told, I’ve never been a really big fan of re-heating cooked salmon, it seems to lose all it’s flavor and texture. Having dined at 3 Doors Down recently — I was inspired by our friends take-home box. The label read “The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.” — Calvin Trillin

A couple days had passed. The salmon lingering in my fridge began to haunt me. I hate wasting food more than anything. Aaron was on his way home for lunch. I thought of Calvin Trillin’s mother. She served the famiily nothing but leftovers and the original meal was never found. I can do this. This I can do.

I quickly de-boned that boring piece of leftover salmon. In two large bowls, I tossed spinach, red onion, blueberries and pear. A splash of balsamic, a dash of salt & pepper and a handful of sunflower seeds paired beautifully with my reinvented salmon salad. Lunch was served.


**makes 2 servings

4 cups spinach, chopped

1-2 cups salmon, pre-cooked, de-boned and shredded

red onion, sliced

1 cup berries, we used blue

1 pear, cored and sliced

balsamic vinegar

salt & pepper

seeds or nuts (optional)


1) In 2 large bowls, divide ingredients in half and layer salad starting with spinach and ending with a splash of balsamic, salt and fresh cracked pepper and optional seeds or nuts.

From my kitchen, to yours….. aiming for remarkable! ENJOY!!

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