Trying to figure out what to make for dinner up at my parents for my dad for Father’s Day weekend and my mom said to make him salmon. I didn’t want to just do grilled salmon but wanted something more exciting and nice. It isn’t often that I would go to a restaurant and order a salad. Usually I am left unsatisfied if I do. There have been times though that one will hit the spot. Looking to create a nice dinner a salad isn’t usually at the top of my list either but more often than not lately that is what I am craving. I had recently made Maple Pepper Balsamic Salmon and used it as inspiration and built around that to create a salad that would be flavorful and yet satisfying for even the biggest “man’s appetite”. My dad also loves blueberries so those were a no brainer. The salad came together nicely, both my dad and my husband enjoyed it. I even whipped it up for dinner before we headed up so I could photograph it at home as I knew I wasn’t going to be able to up there. I made it, photographed it, and than threw it a Tupperware to enjoy on the sidelines of the soccer field since my oldest had a soccer game and was getting ready as I threw this salad together. It was pretty funny as it was a huge container and I was like what doesn’t everyone enjoy a big salad like this at their kids soccer game? Honestly I would do it again and I probably will. Weather it is thrown together or plated nicely it still hits the spot and tastes amazing! So next time you are entertaining, or maybe just looking for a nice dinner to enjoy with a glass of wine or that someone special don’t rule out salad and try this one!
Maple Balsamic Blueberry Salmon Salad
Makes 4 main dish servings
1 1/3-2c fresh blueberries
1/2c shredded carrots
16-24oz spinach arugula mix, or greens of choice
1/3c balsamic vinegar
1/3c pure maple syrup
1-2 TBSP Maple Pepper seasoning, optional (You can buy this online or at a specialty store or you can make your own with maple sugar and pepper)
1/3c chopped pecans, optional
In a sauce pan whisk together balsamic vinegar and maple syrup. Bring to a boil, once it comes to a boil reduce heat and simmer 10-15 minutes to reduce down. Remove from heat and let cool while you prep the salmon. You can grill the salmon or bake in the oven at 400F, the time it will take depends on the thickness of your salmon. Prepare salmon and preheat oven or grill. Brush salmon with the maple balsamic reduction removing and saving about 1/4-1/3 of a cup for drizzling over the salad before. Sprinkle with optional Maple Pepper or just fresh ground pepper. Bake or grill salmon. While cooking the salmon you can plate greens, shredded carrots, and blueberries. Let salmon rest for about 5 minutes after cooking and either place a piece on the salad or I like to break it up. Drizzle with maple balsamic reduction. Enjoy!