Melanie Jeanne

Grilled Salmon with Kale Salad

 There was this one day that I “decided” I was going to be “more healthy”. I was fed up with feeling fluffy. I was tired of being tired. And I was generally sick of feeling sick after meals. The Mr and I had just moved into our new home and we were settling into a fantastic kitchen and a new routine that we both agreed would include more home cooked meals.

It was a Sunday night, I can remember because I was headed out to the grocery for our weekly stock-up. I knew that I wanted something light and delicious. I was craving salmon as I often times do when I “decide” to be healthy. Well, really any fish when I “decide” to be healthy. Disclaimer: If you’ve been reading here for a while you know that I struggle with the decision to be healthy when indulgence is my primary mode of eating. I told the Mr I wanted a salad that resembled the Organic Tuscan Salad from True Food Kitchen, salmon and all. Done and done.

We agreed, this was the perfect light meal for our Sunday in. It was delicious. Light and flavorful while also fulfilling. Maybe we had a small dessert afterwards, but its all about baby steps and choosing wisely more often than not.

Grilled Salmon: you’d have to ask my Mr. He cooked up the fish. But I think he simply drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper then threw it on our griddle.

Kale Salad: I prefer the lemon/breadcrumb/parmesan version myself. Pinterest houses many recipes, so many versions of this particular salad that really, the only difference in each is ratios of ingredients. Here is my version:

3-5 cups chopped Kale – washed, massaged and dried
Juice from 1 lemon
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup parmesan cheese grated
1/3 cup panic bread crumbs

Add minced garlic, salt & pepper and red pepper flakes to taste preference

Wash and massage chopped kale. (I use pre-packaged kale because the portion is sizable and since we love kale so much it makes supply and demand easy. Also, it is already chopped and ready to go.) Place in mixing bowl once dry.

In a small side bowl, squeeze juice of one lemon, remove any potential seeds. Then add olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes & salt and pepper. Mix generously and pour over kale. Toss salad and let sit to marinate while cooking salmon. As salmon is finishing up toss parmesan cheese into salad and top with bread crumbs.

Serve up and enjoy. Simple as that my friends. What are some of your favorite healthy go to meals that are simple and delicious?

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