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Warm Salmon and Lentil Salad
with lemon-dill vinaigrette

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This protein-packed salad with salmon, lentils, and walnuts was a popular meal when we last featured it in 2020.
Smarts: For the onions in this salad, serve them raw or rinse them in cool water for less oniony “bite.”

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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Lemon-Dill Marinade and Vinaigrette:
  • Dill, fresh - 1 tsp, chopped
  • Lemon juice - 1 Tbsp
  • Oil, olive - 5 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, red wine - 1 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Honey - 1 tsp
Warm Salmon and Lentil Salad:
  • Salmon - 1 lb (use skinless salmon filets if available)
  • Lemon-Dill Marinade and Vinaigrette (ingredients listed separately) - 3 Tbsp + 5 Tbsp
  • Walnuts, halves or pieces - 1/2 cup
  • Onions, red - 1/4, diced
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Lentils, cooked - 2 cups (use pre-cooked lentils or if cooking from dried, use half the amount of dried and prepare according to package directions)
  • Salad greens of choice - 8 oz
  • Cheese, feta - 4 oz, crumbled
  • Olives, kalamata, pitted - 1/3 cup (sub any type of olives)

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Prep

  1. Make vinaigrette - Chop dill. Combine with lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, mustard, and honey. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)

  2. Salmon - Rinse and pat dry. Place salmon in a small baking dish. Pour first portion of vinaigrette over salmon (reserve second portion to dress salad) and turn salmon to coat. Marinate salmon in vinaigrette for 20 minutes.

  3. Walnuts - Toast walnuts in a dry pan or skillet, stirring frequently until fragrant, about 3 minutes. When cool enough to handle, roughly chop. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  4. Onions - Dice onions. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

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Make

  1. If you’d like the onions to have less of a bite, soak them in cool water. Drain before using.

  2. Remove salmon from marinade (discard marinade) and season with some salt and pepper.

  3. Heat a large skillet or nonstick pan with cooking oil over medium-high heat. Add salmon and cook on both sides until golden brown and cooked through, 6 to 10 minutes total, depending on thickness.

  4. Warm lentils briefly in the microwave.

  5. If salmon is not already cut into filets, slice it into individual portions or chop / shred it into bite-sized pieces to top salad.

  6. Assemble salads by spreading greens out on serving plates. Top with crumbled feta, red onions, walnuts, olives, and lentils. Top each salad with salmon and second portion of vinaigrette. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (37)
Gluten-free (2)
Paleo (4)
Vegetarian (7)

Most Helpful

I liked it, though I think it would have been a pretty boring salad without the roasted tomatoes. I omitted the goat cheese since I'm dairy-free and subbed roasted pistachio for walnuts. Used baby spinach for the greens. I don't like raw onions, so I cooked those in a little oil and added the lentils to warm.

By: Sarah
Posted: Apr 13, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
1 Helpful

20 reviews

Good, simple and fast

By: Christelle
Posted: Sep 26, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Substituted steak for salmon, cilantro for dill, and felt that instead of marinating the dressing would have been better saved for the salad itself. Added cherry tomatoes.

By: Arjuna
Posted: Sep 23, 2022
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

Skipped marinating the salmon and just used the extra dressing on the salad which I think was a good call. It did not feel like too much dressing at all. Forgot the onion and subbed almonds for walnuts.

By: Nancy
Posted: May 18, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Made pretty much as written; added Some cherry tomatoes to the salad. Even my 4 year old was into this one, which surprised me!

By: Maggie
Posted: May 15, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Pretty good and easy to pull together when prepping ahead. The lentils need more flavor imo because they seemed to soak up the dressing and leave little for the other components. Not a fan of kalamata olives so omitted them.

By: Lee
Posted: May 01, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Excellent easy meal. Did exactly as described. Great leftovers for lunch.

By: Christy
Posted: Apr 27, 2022
Diet: Original
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