Grilled Salmon and Spinach Salad

Grilled Salmon and Spinach Salad


  • Vinaigrette:
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons, preferably Meyer)
  • 2/3 cup fresh orange juice (use 1 large navel orange)
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 1 1/2 cups extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt or table salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Salad:
  • 6 cups bagged baby spinach leaves (about 6 ounces)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels
  • 1/4 cup vinaigrette
  • Salmon:
  • 6 skinless salmon fillets (each 5 to 6 ounces and 1 inch thick)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil for misting
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives, for garnish


  1. Pour the citrus juices into a bowl, and add the minced shallots. Slowly whisk in 1 1/2 cups olive oil to form a smooth emulsion. Add the citrus zest and honey, and season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. (This makes about 2 1/2 cups of vinaigrette; it can be refrigerated, tightly covered, for up to 2 weeks.)

  2. Preheat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat.

  3. While the pan is heating, make the salad: In a large bowl, combine the spinach, tomatoes, and corn. Drizzle 1/4 cup of the vinaigrette over the salad to dress the vegetables lightly, and toss well. Arrange the salad on a platter or individual plates, and set aside.

  4. Lightly coat the salmon on both sides with an olive oil mister (or drizzle olive oil on it); season with salt and pepper. Place on the hot grill pan; grill, turning once, until golden brown on both sides and medium-rare in the center, about 8 minutes.

  5. Remove salmon fillets from the pan, and place them on top of the salad, or divide among individual salads. Sprinkle chives on top. Serve at once.

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  • The elements in this salad make a great appetizer, too. Just top a crostini with a little spinach, a bite of grilled salmon, and a drizzle of the vinaigrette.

    Andrea's wine pick: Go with a snappy, citrusy Aussie Chardonnay to complement the vinaigrette and stand up to the salmon: Lindemans Bin 65 Chardonnay 2004 ($7.99) is just right for this salad.

  • Yield: Makes 6 servings (serving size: 1 fillet and 1 1/3 cups salad)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 375
Fat per serving: 18g
Saturated fat per serving: 3g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 8g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 6g
Protein per serving: 41g
Carbohydrate per serving: 13g
Fiber per serving: 3g
Cholesterol per serving: 107mg
Iron per serving: 3mg
Sodium per serving: 237mg
Calcium per serving: 47mg