Cooking with Aubrey

Asparagus Salad with Salmon

This is such a basic salad, but it’s packed with wonderful flavors and beneficial nutrients. Plus it’s assembled quickly without a lot of fuss. Please don’t cut corners and use a store bought salad dressing. I’ve saved and reused a salsa jar to make quick salad dressings. It’s so much tastier and I can pronounce all the ingredients.

Each of the elements of this salad is a powerhouse food. Salmon is packed with an abundance of omega-3 fat. Omega-3 fats have been shown to benefit the cardiovascular system, brain and eye health, joints, to name a few. Walnuts are another great source of omega-3’s. Blueberries are chock full of antioxidants. Asparagus is an excellent source of 8 nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, copper and vitamin B1 and B2. Round it out with some green leafies like spinach, romaine or baby kale. With all this nutrition, this would be a perfect recovery dinner after a long, hard run.

Asparagus Salad with Salmon

Ingredients:

  • ¾ lb wild salmon fillets
  • Olive oil
  • ½ lb asparagus, trimmed
  • 3 cups salad greens
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • ½ cup walnuts, toasted
  • Salt and pepper
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard

Directions:

  1. Preheat the grill. Drizzle the salmon with olive oil, salt and pepper. Grill until opaque, about 2-3 minutes per side. At the same time, grill the asparagus, rotating frequently, for about 3-4 minutes.
  2. Make the salad dressing by combining the olive oil, vinegar and mustard in a sealed jar and shake until combined.
  3. Assemble the salad with the greens, blueberries and walnuts. Toss with some of the salad dressing. Add the salmon and asparagus to the top. Serve.

Adapted slightly from: Run Fast. Eat Slow.; Shalane Flanagan & Elyse Kopecky

Aubrey Schultz

Aubrey Schulz is a certified nutrition and triathlon coach with Get Out N Play. She works with clients to help them reach their nutritional and athletic goals, in the kitchen, out on the road and in the water! Plus she's knowledgeable about how essential oils can boost your wellness and fitness. You can reach her at aubrey@getoutnplay.biz

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