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Feel-Good Salmon Sandwich

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  • 1 (6-ounce) package fresh baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 toasted whole-grain rolls
  • 4 radicchio leaves


Put spinach, walnuts, garlic clove, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and a dash of salt into a food processor; pulse, scraping down sides of bowl, until smooth. Transfer the pesto to a bowl; cover and chill. Combine paprika, dark brown sugar, crushed red pepper, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and black pepper in a small bowl. Pat dry salmon fillets; sprinkle tops with spice mixture. Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium; cook fish 7 minutes on both sides or until golden and cooked through. Split rolls in half; spread 1 tablespoon pesto on each bottom, and top with 1 fillet and 1 radicchio leaf. Add tops of rolls. Serve with extra pesto.

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  • Make a healthy salmon sandwich by coating salmon with a spice rub and serving on whole grain rollls topped with spinach pesto and radicchio.
  • Yield: Makes 4 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 420
Fat per serving: 35g
Saturated fat per serving: 5g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 13g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 15g
Protein per serving: 12g
Carbohydrate per serving: 22g
Fiber per serving: 9g
Cholesterol per serving: 9mg
Iron per serving: 6mg
Sodium per serving: 380mg
Calcium per serving: 246mg

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