Since the Bear does not eat fish, I am always looking for new ways to sneak it into my diet. Typically this means I eat fish while dining out. However, recently I have been experimenting with fish at lunch and have found that it holds up quite nicely.
Being tired of tuna fish salad, I decided to create something new. Normally my recipes start with whatever is available in the pantry. Rummaging through the pantry and fridge, I found avocado, blueberries, canned salmon, and walnuts.
Having my upcoming Vegas trip on my mind, I remembered a delicious salad I had at Mon Ami Gabi with similar ingredients, so I went to work.
- ½ avocado
- ½ can of salmon (or 8oz freshly cooked salmon)
- 2 cups spinach
- ¼ cup walnuts
- ½ cup blueberries
- ½ blood orange
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ tablespoon chia seeds
- Remove the salmon from the can and rinse thoroughly (removes the icky canned flavor)
- Remove avocado flesh from skin and cut into bite sized pieces
- Don’t forget to rinse the spinach and blueberries
- For the dressing combine the juice from the blood orange with the olive oil and chia seeds
- Gently toss the spinach with the salmon, blueberries, avocado, walnuts and dressing
I had a blood orange on hand because a coworker brought in a bunch from his tree, so I decided it would be the perfect addition to the salad dressing.
Here is a fun fact: canned salmon actually has no detectable mercury, making it the perfect replacement for canned tuna. Plus it is quite tasty.
Health Benefits of Salmon
- High Omega-3 Fatty Acids which improve cardiovascular function
- Contains selenium, vitamin D, and B vitamins which improve metabolism
- The protein found in salmon builds and repairs cells, tissue and muscles throughout the body.
If you don’t like eating fish, one option to take advantage of these health benefits is to include a fish oil capsule in your daily regimen. You will be thanking fish oil for strong nails and shinny hair!