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Salmon Salad

1 ½ pound center-cut, skin-on side of salmon

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon ground cumin divided

¾ teaspoon kosher salt divided

½ teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon ground oregano divided

½ small red onion finely chopped

⅓ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

Zest of 2 mediums lemon about 2 teaspoons

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 clove minced or grated garlic

2 mini cucumbers or ½ English cucumber, cut into ½-inch dice (about 1 ½ cups)

½ cup crumbled feta optional

¼ cup toasted sliced almonds

¼ cup currents raisins, or golden raisins

¼ cup chopped fresh dill

¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro


Preheat the oven to 400° F. Line a baking dish large enough to hold the salmon with a sheet of parchment paper.

Place the salmon in the pan and with paper towels, pat dry. Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon cumin, ½ teaspoon salt, pepper, and ¼ teaspoon oregano. Rub to evenly coat the salmon. Bake for 14 to 18 minutes, until the salmon reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F on an instant read thermometer (I typically remove the salmon a few degrees early and let the carryover cooking finish the rest). The salmon should no longer be raw-looking in the center and flake easily with a fork. Let cool to room temperature.

While the salmon roasts, place the red onion in a bowl and cover with cold water. Set aside to soak (this removes some of the onion’s harsh bite without losing its flavor).

Prepare the dressing: In a small mixing bowl, stir together the yogurt, lemon zest, lemon juice, and remaining ¼ teaspoon cumin, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon oregano.

Flake the salmon in chunky pieces into a large serving bowl (discard the skin).

Add the cucumber, feta, currants, dill, and cilantro.

Drain the red onion, then add it to the bowl.

Pour the dressing over the top.

Gently stir to combine. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper as desired (I add an extra pinch of each). Serve chilled or at room temperature as a wrap (or lettuce wrap), sandwich, on toast, over greens, or mixed with couscous.


Prep Time: 15 min   Cook Time: 15 min



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