Salmon Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

NOTE:  This dish is a delightful alternative from a heavy meal.  The savory baked salmon tops a good-for-you salad, with all the great flavor you were expecting.

Ingredients:

  • 4 salmon filets, 1 ½-inch thick
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Lawry’s coarse garlic salt with parsley added
  • Olive oil
  • 1 (10-ounce) package fresh spinach, stems removed
  • 1 cup walnuts, divided
  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, divided
  • 1 cup fresh tomatoes, quartered and divided
  • 2 cups rope Provel cheese,
  •  Or shredded provolone cheese
  • 1 cup white capped mushrooms, thick sliced, divided
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground coarse black pepper
  • Lemon slices
Cuisine: Italain
Yield: 4 large salads
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Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 475-degrees. Mix butter, olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic salt in a jar with lid.  Shake well to blend.  Coat a foiled-covered cookie sheet with olive oil.  Lay the salmon filets on the foil.  Pierce each fillet with a fork in several places.  Pour the olive oil/butter mixture evenly over the filets.   Place baking sheet in oven and roast the filets uncovered about 10 to 12 minutes, or until the salmon is pink and flakes easily.  Remove from oven and lift salmon away from the thick bottom skin with a flat turner and discard; place salmon back on baking pan.  Spoon pan juices over the filets.
 
  1. In four large salad bowls, divide the spinach.  Divide the walnuts, sun dried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, Provel cheese, and mushrooms among the spinach bowls.
 
  1. Make the Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing by placing the olive oil, vinegars, salt and pepper in a jar with lid. Shake the dressing to blend.  Pour the dressing over each of the salads.  Lay a salmon filet over the center of each salad and garnish with lemon slices.   Makes 4 large salads.