Salmon Soba Salad

This makes a nice little Summer dinner. It’s low fuss, can be eaten cold or room temperature, and dressed a bunch of different ways. As pasta salads can.

Gluten-free, pescatarian

Salmon Soba Salad

1 package soba noodles

2 salmon fillets

4 – 6 ounces watercress or microgreen

1/4 cup chives, snipped

1/2 cup scallions, sliced thin

Dressing

Juice of 1 lime

1 medium cucumber, sliced into thin ribbons or diced

1 Tbsp. rice vinegar

2 Tbsp. sesame oil

1 Tbsp. soy sauce or coconut aminos

1 tsp. honey

1 tsp. sriracha

Marinade

2 tsp. gochujiang

2 tsp. honey

2 Tbsp. soy sauce

2 Tbsp. sesame oil

Combine the marinade ingredients. Marinate the fish 30 mins – an hour. Discard marinade and bake or sauté the fish until your desired done ness is reached. I pan sautéed mine until medium with nice and crispy skin. Do watch the fish; your marinade has honey in it so it is like to burn. Mine did a bit, but it was still delicious.

While your fish is working, whisk the dressing ingredients together in a large bowl.

Cook your soba according to package directions, drain and set aside, adding a scant sprinkle of sesame oil and tossing quickly to avoid the noodles sticking together while they sit and cool. If you want your salad cold, chill in the fridge.

Dice and mince the cucumber and herbs. Add to the bowl. Add the micro greens. Add the noodles. Toss to combine.

To serve, plate up a bowl of noodle salad, topped with thick batons of fish and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Serves 2

Probiotic Salmon Salad

Q: What does one do with kefir when you’re tired of drinking it? 

A: Kefir makes a great salad dressing for delicate early season greens and salmon.

Gluten-free, paleo if you use non-dairy kefir


Probiotic Salmon Salad

3 Tbsp. kefir
Juice of half a lemon
Big pinch sea salt
Few cracks black pepper
1 tsp. honey
2 Tbsp. avocado oil mayo
1 clove garlic, grated
3 Tbsp. chives, chopped
4 c. salad greens
2 Salmon filets
2 Tbsp. fat of choice
4 Tbsp. hemp seeds, divided in half

Thaw your fish if frozen and pat dry. Salt and pepper each side.

Set a large pan over medium-high heat. Add your fat of choice. When the fat comes up to temperature, add the salmon skin-side down. Cook 3 – 4 minutes without touching. Gently flip and cook an additional 3 – 4 minutes or until your desired doneness has been reached. 

While the salmon is working, add the greens to a large bowl.

Whisk together the kefir, lemon juice, honey, mayo, garlic, chives, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Set aside. 

Combine the greens with the dressing. Split between two bowls.

When the salmon is finished, place on top of the salad. Sprinkle half the hemp seeds per dish and enjoy.

Serves 2 as a light dinner.