Blackened Salmon Salad

Blackened Salmon Salad

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What’s not to love about summertime? The bounty of fresh produce just makes you want to eat healthier and my Blackened Salmon Salad is just what you need to excite your taste buds while keeping you fit and trim for swimsuit season!

Now that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy my Blackened Salmon Salad all year long, it just seems that summertime makes us more health conscious. This would make a great fall or winter salad, especially since berries are available all year long. Not a fan of salmon? This would go great with chicken or flank steak, blackened or unblackened. The choice is yours.

What kind of protein would your family like best on their salad?

sliced filet of blackened salmon on a bed of lettuce with berries, nuts, green bean sand tomatoes

It’s not hard being good when you have all of these amazing flavors to enjoy. Northwest Coho Salmon, fresh berries, bleu cheese and candied pecans, now that’s a salad! The flavors of the blackened salmon go so well with those sweet-tart berries. Add in the bleu cheese and it becomes a symphony of flavors that your friends and family will love.

overhead partial view of sliced filet of blackened salmon on a bed of lettuce with berries, nuts, green bean sand tomatoes

To make my plate even more colorful and delicious I added green beans and juicy red tomatoes to my blackened salmon salad. The trick to really enjoying salmon is not to overcook the fish, you want your salmon to be barely done so it stays moist and flavorful. Nothing will ruin a good piece of fish more than overcooking.

How do I make Blackening Seasoning?

If you can’t buy blackening seasoning aka Cajun Spice where you live, here is a basic recipe that can be adjusted to your likes.

  • 2 tablespoons paprika (smoked or regular)
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tesaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1½ teaspoon onion powder 
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne (more if you like heat, but be careful)

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Blackened Salmon Salad

What could be better than a healthy and delicious salad?  Add blackened Salmon and fresh berries and you’ve got yourself a meal to remember!

Prep Time15 mins

Cook Time25 mins

Total Time40 mins

Course: Entree

Cuisine: American

Servings: 2

Calories: 475kcal


  • 12 ounce salmon filets
  • 2 tablespoons cajun seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cups salad mix
  • ¼ cup blue cheese
  • ¼ cup toasted or candied pecans
  • ¼ cup blackberries
  • ¼ cup raspberries
  • 2 tomatoes sliced
  • 2 cups cooked green beans
  • 2 ounce your favorite salad dressing


  • preheat oven to 350 degrees

  • to candy pecans add 1 tablespoon sugar to sauce pan adding 2 tablespoons of water. Heat over high heat until sugar is completely dissolved. As the water cooks out add the pecans while the mixture is still very liquid. allow pecans to be completely coated as water cooks out then place the pecans on wax paper, separating and allowing them to cool.

  • remove skin from salmon and rinse in cold water. remove any pin bones that you find in the filet.

  • coat one side of the salmon filet with your favorite cajun or blackened seasoning.

  • heat skillet and add olive oil, place seasoned side down and allow seasoning to blacken as the salmon cooks, 2-3 minutes

  • turn over the salmon and sear the other side for 1 minute

  • place salmon on baking sheet with a little water and place in oven for 15 minutes

  • build your with the salad greens on the bottom, sprinkling bleu cheese, pecans, raspberries and blackberries on top of the greens.

  • Allow salmon to cool slightly, slice and place on top of the greens. Add green beans and tomatoes to the plate and serve with your favorite salad dressing.


Calories: 475kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 612mg | Potassium: 1215mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 4365IU | Vitamin C: 21.6mg | Calcium: 139mg | Iron: 3.4mg

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