Summer Salad | Tomato, blueberry, Salmon Salad

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Last week I ordered salmon salad at a local restaurant and enjoyed it so much I decided to come home and recreate it!  It’s packed full of my favorite beauty foods and tastes delicious.  Sometimes food that’s good for us doesn’t always deliver in the “tastes good” and “fills you up” department so when I find a meal that meets all my criteria, I get excited!

 

Summer Salad | Tomato, Blueberry, Salmon Salad

Before we break down the recipe, let’s talk about the importance of diet and skin health.  I frequently get asked if there are any foods with proven skin benefits.  In short I’d say that I don’t believe there is a single diet, nutrient, or super food that is good for the skin.  The best way to take care of your skin is to have a diet that is good for your general health, one that’s high in omega 3 fatty acids, colorful fruits and vegetables, and contains healthy fats from avocado, nuts, and seeds.

Tomato, Blueberry, Salmon Salad: Let’s break it down

Blueberries are packed full of vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that is excellent for overall health and crucial for collagen (the main protein in sin) production.  I always have blueberries on hand, in the freezer or fresh if they are in season.

The bright color in tomatoes comes from an antioxidant called Lycopene, another antioxidant that can help defend our skin from UV radiation which is ideal for those of us looking to keep our skin youthful.

The take-away: Antioxidants in general help us fight the free radicals we come in contact with daily.  Free radical damage has been linked to the development of heart disease, many cancers, as well as accelerated aging.

 Wild salmon is packed full of omega 3’s, selenium, and vitamins A and D which are helpful in improving our immune function.  Omega 3’s can help our body reduce inflammation which can lead to chronic illness like heart disease and diabetes, and auto immune diseases.    Try to add two 3 ounce servings to your weekly meal plan.  If you can’t get fresh, go with frozen of canned.
Now let’s get to the recipe!  I slice my tomatoes in half and use one or two Serrano peppers in my salad.  Get creative and use more or less of any ingredient to suit you taste.  My favorite dressing is one that I make!  It’s so simple, I use 1 part vinegar (apple cider or red wine works!) to 3 parts EVOO plus a teaspoon of spicy mustard and a dash of salt and pepper.

 

 

Summer Salad | Blueberry, Tomato, Salmon Salad

serves 4

Gather

1 cup cherry tomatoes

2 Serrano peppers

1 cup blueberries

1 pound of salmon

2 tablespoons of EVOO

salt and pepper

1 lemon

Process

Prepare salmon: Wash, dry and place on a cooking pan.  Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon over your salmon and then drizzle with olive oil.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake in the oven at 350 degrees until flaky (about 25 minutes).  I remove my salmon a few minutes before it’s ready to allow it to finish cooking on the pan.  Allow to cool slightly.  Break about the salmon and remove bones.

Wash and try tomatoes and blueberries.  Slice the tomatoes in half and chop up one or two Serrano peppers.  Combine the berries, tomatoes, and peppers in a serving bowl.  Add salmon and toss with your favorite vinaigrette.

Enjoy!

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3 Comments

  1. Congratulations on the new look, Leslie!
    This recipe is a perfect example of how simple and beautiful healthy eating can be! Our backyard blueberries and heirloom tomatoes are almost ready for the picking!

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