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Slow Roasted Salmon Salad with Apples and Maple Mustard Dressing

This slow roasted salmon salad with apples and maple mustard dressing includes an impossible to mess up roasted salmon recipe! 

Hey guys! Popping in with a random and rambling blog post for this salmon salad. Had a bit of a crazy weekend - not crazy in a college spring break way but crazy in a "I'm a total bonehead" way. I drove down to Atlanta with a college roommate/sorority sister for the bridal shower of another one of our roommates/sorority sisters bridal showers (fun fact- she's marrying one of Scott's best friends who she met at our wedding). She ended up getting sick with the flu and in my rush to get out the door Sunday morning and get her back home, plus being distracted by guilt over dragging my poor sick friend all over Atlanta, I accidentally left my computer at my friends house. Of course, I didn't realize this until I got back home to Columbia, three hours away. Mom to the rescue - she met me almost halfway with my computer at Dennys in the middle of nowhere Georgia.

Now I'm finally back home typing this up as my husband prepares my freekeh salad with roasted grapes and brussels sprouts. Haven't tasted the outcome, but from my observations, he may have worked his way out of cooking duty for life. Let's just say he only now learned that you can buy not frozen Brussels sprouts. Kinda wishing I had this salmon salad about now...

I made this with my friend Kara's slow roasted salmon recipe, which has become my go to. It's so moist and impossible to mess up. Just add your favorite sauce or spices to dress it up!

Slow Roasted Salmon Salad with Apples and Maple Mustard Dressing

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 salmon filets, about 1/4th lb each
  • Olive oil spray
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons exta-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 ounce bag mixed greens
  • 2 endives, thinly slivered, core discarded
  • 2 fuji apples, chopped
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, toasted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil spray. Place salmon filets evenly over baking sheet. Spray tops with olive oil (or brush with a couple teaspoons) and season with salt and pepper. Place in the oven and roast 20 minutes until opaque and easily flakes with a fork. Remove from oven and set aside to cool slightly.
  3. While salmon is cooking, whisk together water, olive oil, mustard, maple syrup, scallions and garlic in a small pot. Place on medium heat and bring to a quick simmer until thickened, about 1 minute. Season with salt and black pepper.
  4. In a large bowl, toss together salad greens and endive. Chop or thinly slice apples and toss in the bowl. If not eating immediately, toss apples with lemon juice. Divide salad among four plates. Top with salmon and walnuts. Drizzle with sauce.

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Brussels Sprouts Salad with Ambrosia Apples and Tempeh Bacon

Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the #iloveambrosia campaign as a member of Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I was compensated for my time and gifted a dozen Ambrosia apples. Thanks for supporting Avocado A Day! 

If there was anyone more excited than me when I was asked to participate in the #iloveambrosia apple campaign, it was my pup, Savannah. Adorbs, isn't she?

Being the good dietitian's dog that she is, her favorite treat isn't rubbery pupperoni or even her all natural, smoked salmon treats. It's apples. Y'all, that dog will do anything for apples. She'll pull out tricks we've never even taught her just to get the core leftover from our snack. She can even hear the sound of us biting into an apple from the other side of the house! Because we're suckers for that precious little face, she generally gets a decent portion of every apple we eat, plus the ones that get mealy or brown.

When a package of twelve GORGEOUS Ambrosia apples arrived at our doorstep, I thought her eyes would pop out of her head with excitement. I actually tried to get her picture with the apples, but it basically turned into that scene from There's Something About Mary when Matt Dillon's character gives Fluffy the dog speed. True story.

I totally get her excitement. These were some pretty darn gorgeous apples. No hint of blemish, even after a week in the heavily trafficked fruit crisper. A deep pink blush over a creamy yellow background. Shiny skin. Huge.

I was even more excited when I took a bite.

I know I overuse superlatives, but this was the best apple I've ever tasted.

Aptly named after the food of the gods, Ambrosia apples mysteriously appeared as a seedling in a orchard full of Jonagolds. After the pickers stripped the tree clean of it's perfect fruit, the farmer decided to produce more. Ambrosias are one of the sweetest apple varieties with a flavor reminiscent of honey. I generally prefer tart apples, but the complex flavor, crisp flavor and juiciness won me over!

After tasting the apple, I knew I wanted to keep it in it's raw form and preserve it's perfection. I also wanted to do a savory recipe rather than sweet. Dare to be different, I say.

The sweet Ambrosia apple perfectly pairs with bitter Brussels sprouts leaves. The smoky tempeh bacon, nutty pecans and acidic lemon dressing balance out the flavors. I should note, this salad was made for batch cooking. The apples, which oxidize slower than other varieties, didn't brown and the sprouts stayed crisp for the three days I kept it in the fridge. All it needs is a dash more lemon before serving and you're good to go!

Like all apples, Ambrosia's are a good source of fiber with 4 grams in each medium apple. It's especially rich in soluble fiber, known for it's cholesterol lowering benefits. It's also a good source of the antioxidant vitamin C. Much of the research on apples has focused on their polyphenol content, a type of phytonutrient which makes apples especially good for blood sugar regulation. The polyphenols found in apples slow down carbohydrate digestion, stimulate the pancreas to release more insulin, and reduce glucose absorption. Make sure to eat the skin where many of the nutrients concentrate!

Now, I know you all are on the edge of your seat waiting to find out what Savannah thought of these apples. I'm sorry to report that she's just not a fan. Not because they aren't delicious, but because her mommy and daddy ate all of them, leaving her with just a few, almost completely stripped down cores. Her puppy dog eyes are cute, but no match for the allure of these apples.

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Ambrosia Apples and Tempeh Bacon

Serves 4

Although this salad, full of healthy carbs, fat and protein, is perfectly satisfying, if you want to bulk it up a bit more, add chickpeas. And although it would not longer be vegan, blue cheese would be a welcome addition as well.

Ingredients

Bacon:

  • 8 ounce organic tempeh
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

Salad:

  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts
  • 2 large Ambrosia apples
  • 1/3 cup pecans, chopped and toasted
  • Dressing:
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard

Instructions

  1. First, make the tempeh bacon. Cut the tempeh in half lengthwise, then cut each half into 12 thin slices, for a total of 24. Place in a zip top bag or plastic container with lid. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, vinegar, molasses, and spices. Pour over tempeh and let marinade at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 300 degrees and brush a baking sheet with olive oil. Line the tempeh up on the baking sheet and brush the tops with more olive oil. Bake for 12-14 minutes, flip, then bake an additional 8 minutes until browned and slightly crisp.
  3. Cut the Brussels sprouts in half lengthwise through the core. Using a paring knife, cut away the core so the leaves fall apart and separate. Add to a large salad bowl. Dice the apple and add to the sprouts along with the pecans. Toss in the pecans.
  4. Whisk together the salad dressing ingredients and season with salt and pepper. Toss with the salad and serve.

Kale, Caramelized Onion and Apple Stuffing

Kale, Caramelized Onion and Apple Stuffing

Serves 8-10

Ingredients

  • 1 lb 100% whole grain, bakery bread (I used the whole wheat Tuscan pane at Trader Joe's)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 2 medium apples
  • 10 ounces chopped kale (or 1 bunch, stemmed and chopped)
  • 2 1/2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut the bread into large cubes. Toss with 1/4 cup olive oil. Season with salt and pepper then spread evenly on a large baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes until golden and toasted.
  3. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add onion, garlic, fennel, red pepper and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring every so often, until very tender and lightly caramelized, about 10-15 minutes. Add kale, a couple tablespoons of water, and cover. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir every so often and add a few tablespoons of water if it starts to look dry. Cook until very tender, about 30 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, combine kale and bread cubes. Chop apples and add to the mixture along with the pecans. Season with salt and pepper. Spread evenly in a large baking dish. Whisk egg and vegetable broth together. Pour evenly over dressing. Cover with foil or a cover and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove cover and bake an additional 25-30 minutes until bread is golden and crisped on top.