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Asian Style Teriyaki Salmon Spinach Salad

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This just might be the best salmon you’ll ever have. Even people that aren’t generally fans of salmon love it prepared this way.  The sweet, dark flavor of the teriyaki sauce works particularly well with salmon. Combining teriyaki sauce and fresh lemon juice makes it taste similar to a Ponzu sauce served at a Japanese restaurant. I’m placing this tasty salmon on top of a super crunchy, colorful, fiber rich, spinach salad.  This homemade Wasabi Dressing really compliments the salmon.  This skinny salad has 333 calories, 13 grams of fat grams of fat, 6 grams of fiber, 9 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS, including the dressing!  It’s hearty enough for dinner and really, really delicious!

Prep Time: 20 minutes (including the dressing)
Cook Time: 10 minutes


Ingredients for Wasabi Dressing:

½ cup Nancy’s Skinny Ranch Dressing or a store bought reduced-fat ranch dressing

3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar

½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil

½ tablespoon sugar

2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted

1½ teaspoons wasabi paste

1 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce


Ingredients for Salmon and Salad:

4 pieces of salmon filet, about 4 ounces each and 1-inch thick (see prep tip)

½ cup teriyaki marinade (I like Kikkoman brand, less-sodium)

2 lemons

8 cups fresh spinach

2 cups fresh arugula

1½ cups purple cabbage, shredded

1½ cups carrots, shredded

1 cup snow peas, sliced

1 cup cucumber, chopped


Instructions

1. To Make Wasabi Dressing: Prepare Nancy’s Skinny Ranch Dressing.  In a small bowl, add ½ cup ranch dressing and all the remaining dressing ingredients.  Whisk together until well blended.  Store in the refrigerator to thicken and until ready to use.  Store the remaining ranch dressing in the fridge for other uses.

2. Add salmon to a bowl or deep dish and pour ¼ cup marinade over it.  Squeeze 1 lemon over marinade.  Place  salmon in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and up to several hours.

3. Preheat broiler.  Line a baking pan with foil.  Place salmon on the baking pan. Discard marinade.  Pour a little fresh teriyaki marinade on top of salmon and squeeze with more lemon.

4. Broil for about 4 to 5 minutes.  Turn over and pour a little more marinade, lemon juice and broil for about 4 to 5 minutes more.  Check to make sure salmon is cooked through.

5. In a large bowl add the salad ingredients.  Toss with most of the dressing.  Add remaining, if desired.

6. Divide salad among 4 dinner plates.  Place a piece of salmon on top of each salad.

7. Serve at once.

Makes 4 salads (each serving includes ~4 ounces salmon and about 3 cups salad)


Food Fact

Salmon was very important to many early American Indians.  Their superstitions prevented some of the tribe members from handling or even eating the salmon less they might anger its spirit and cause the salmon to leave their waters forever!


Healthy Benefits

Salmon is high in protein and is a rich source of vitamins A and the B-group vitamins.  Salmon is a good source of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, which lowers the risk of heart disease. Perhaps, most important, salmon contains Omega-3 oil, which decreases the risk of coronary heart disease and certain cancers

Spinach is rich in iron as well as vitamins A and C.


Shopping Tip

You can buy a small amount of wasabi where sushi is displayed in most supermarkets.  Wasabi is also sold in a tube in the Asian section of the market.


Prep Tip

Sometimes packaged salmon is sold with only two large fillets. In this case, cook the two pieces of salmon first, then slice each piece in half to create 4 servings.


Serving Tip

Not looking to make this salmon on a salad.  Turn it into a hearty dinner by serving it with a rice dish such as Skinny Asparagus Risotto…Mmm or with just rice and my recipe for Simple and Delicious Roasted Asparagus.


Weight Watchers
(old points) 7

Weight Watchers
Points Plus
9

Skinny Facts: for 1 salad including dressing (each serving includes ~4 ounces salmon and about 3 cups salad)
333 calories, 13g fat, 38g protein, 25g carbs, 6g fiber, 805mg sodium 13g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 salad including dressing
509 calories, 34g fat, 28g protein, 22g carbs, 6g fiber, 1425mg sodium, 8g sugar

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6 Responses to “Asian Style Teriyaki Salmon Spinach Salad”

  1. Healthy Recipes Says:

    I recently came across this site and have enjoyed the content. I look forward to future articles and will definitely link to this and tell the people I know. Thanks.

  2. Carole Says:

    Hi, it’s Food on Friday time again on Carole’s Chatter. The theme this time is salmon! Yum. It would be neat if you linked this post in. This is the link . Have a good week.

  3. admin Says:

    Terrific Carole. I’d love to share my recipe…Thanks for the invite and link!

  4. Carole Says:

    Thanks for linking this super salmon post in to Food on Friday. I am now signed up to follow you via Google Reader. A follow back to Carole’s Chatter would be wonderful – or are you already following? Cheers

  5. self sagacity Says:

    This is perfect for that middle of the day or brunch. Filling, delicious, and simply beautiful.

  6. admin Says:

    Thanks for hosting Carole! I’ve joined you terrific FB page.

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