Asian, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Salad, Seafood, Vegetarian

Easiest Savory Sesame Salmon Salad

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My dad flew out of Boston this weekend, so naturally my mom sent down some salmon and chickpea fesenjan from Minimalist Baker (delish, btw) down from Maine. I had some leftover bok choy and scallions in my fridge, which are the makings of a perfect salad.  Sesame salmon and tahini go oh, so well together. I whipped up an easy dressing and had the best lunch: Sesame Salmon Salad with a Tahini Dressing.

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Entrée, One Pot Dish, Seafood, Vegetarian

Loving this Lobstah Pastah

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Thank God for Maine lobstah — Lobster Tortellini with Sautéed Summer Veggies. I kept it simple with lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, red pepper and parmesan. This would also work well with some butter and/or fresh parsley. The heirloom tomatoes were bursting with flavor and color — the perfect addition and perfectly in season. Because the lobster was leftover from the Fourth of July and already steamed and picked clean, this dish was super easy to assemble.

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Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Meal Prep, Salad, Seafood, Vegetarian

This Spring Tuna Salad Will Give You a Spring in Your Step

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When you hear “tuna salad,” you think of that canned tuna slathered in mayo and crammed between lettuce and bread. I don’t mean that kind of salad. I mean a salad salad — one packed with greens, fresh veggies and a bright dressing, all the while brimming with texture. This is the anatomy of a perfect salad. The key to the greens is to chop or tear kale and spinach into bite-sized pieces for easy eating. Radishes are a crisp spring vegetable with a crunch. Paired with carrots and cucumbers and balanced by creamy, smooth avocados. Tuna, albeit canned, is packed with protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Plus it’s inexpensive and easy to store/keep compared to the fresh variety. Have I convinced you yet? This Spring Tuna Salad is sure to add a bounce to your step with its bright flavors and lighter but heartier nature.

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Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Meal Prep, Salad, Seafood, Vegetarian

Healthy Tuna Salad On-the-Go

Tuna Mason Jar Salad

Need a quick, healthy salad on the run? I might have had this Tuna Mason Jar Salad for lunch four days in a row last week. Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself. IT’S SO GOOD. Beyond good. I think canned tuna has a bad rep, but this salad gives it a whole new life.  The cucumbers, carrots and sunflower seeds add texture and crunch. The dried cranberries and raspberry balsamic offer a sweet side to balance the earthy kale.

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Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Seafood, Vegan, Vegetarian

Clinging to Summer with Summer Stir Fry

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This dish was bright. I’m not sure how else to describe accurately describe it, but I think bright has just the right connotation: vibrant, citrusy and light. With summer (quickly) coming to an end and late summer vegetables in abundance, I give you Summer Stir Fry. I was inspired to slice the ears of corn into medallions after seeing Martha do it. (Ms. Stewart and I are obviously on a first name basis.) Shrimp always seems to be a lighter option than chicken or steak and it’s a fun way to incorporate seafood. The summer veggies and shrimp were tossed with a lovely Garlic Scape Pesto in Curry from the Ithaca Farmer’s Market. Plate with baby spinach (and maybe some crusty bread and white wine) and bon appétit!

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Dairy-Free, Entrée, Meal Prep, Seafood, Vegetarian

Seriously Divine Sesame Salmon

Sesame Soy Salmon with Couscous & Snap Peas

This salmon is a family favorite. Whenever I’d come home from college, salmon with a sesame, soy and curry was a pretty predictable request. Usually I’ve only had this salmon grilled, but baked in the oven, it holds in all its moisture and flavor. All you have to do is marinade the salmon, bake it and then cook everything else while the salmon’s in the over. It’s almost too pretty to eat. Need a dinner to impress? Serve Sesame Soy Salmon with Couscous & Snap Peas.

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Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Salad, Seafood, Vegetarian

Scrumptiously Colorful Spicy Shrimp Salad

Spicy Shrimp Avocado Salad with Ginger Miso Dressing

So I’m pretty sure this meal came together in under 20 min. last night. Forget the salad for a second. How have I never made this Ginger Miso Dressing?! It’s life changing. I can’t believe I’ve never bought miso until now. The flavor profile is amazing. I see some miso soup in my future…But back to the salad. It’s fresh, light, has a crunch, but’s still creamy and most important is packed with flavor. (You totally thought I was going to say nutrients, right? That too). Substitute chicken for shrimp or exclude the shrimp for a vegan dish. I’m addicted. Thank goodness I found a Pinch of Yum‘s version on Pinterest. This Spicy Shrimp Avocado Salad with Ginger Miso Dressing was totally a winner if I do say so myself.

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Entrée, Gluten-Free, Italian, Lightened Up, Meal Prep, One Pot Dish, Seafood, Vegetarian

Ravenous for Winter Risotto

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Mmmm, this Butternut Squash Risotto with Parmesan, Peas, & Shrimp is delicious. What a wonderful winter (and gluten-free) dish. While time-consuming to make, it’s really not all that difficult. This would be easy, yet an impressive dish to serve when entertaining. Risotto is also so easy to add a twist to make it your own. You can make it meatless, add chicken, kale, zucchini, lobster, pancetta, mushrooms, asparagus, broccoli, pumpkin, shaved Brussels sprouts . . .  and the list goes on. The key to making a good risotto is to add the broth hot so it takes less time to heat, to continue adding broth for the rice to absorb and to stir constantly. This makes the rice plump, decadent and a perfect dish.

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Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Salad, Seafood, Vegetarian

Summer Seafood

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Need a light, fresh and tasty dinner? I found this recipe for a grilled summer salad in Giada De Laurentiis’s cookbook, originally served cold. I wish my apartment had access to a grill, but this was still delicious baking the shrimp and sautéing the vegetables until they were slightly browned. Using the marinade to double as the salad dressing saves time, while maintaining the flavor of the fresh herbs and lemon zest. The creamy avocado balances the acidic flavors of the marinade. Definitely worth a try!

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Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Mexican, Seafood, Vegetarian

Summer Salmon

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I really, really like salmon. Not just like, but enjoy eating it. Whenever I go home to Maine, it’s usually one meal my mom can be sure that I will request. Normally, we make a soy-curry based marinade, but thanks to Pinterest, I stumbled upon this new combo two summers ago. We found a new summer recipe and another great idea for salmon. The combination of spices gives just the right amount of kick, while the creamy avocado salsa balances the spice. Even if this isn’t used for salmon, this spice-avocado combination is perfect for any white fish or chicken. Continue reading “Summer Salmon”