Lighten it up

I've sure been posting a lot of baked goods... it's about time for a salad wouldn't you agree? To me a salad needs to be easy to throw together, nothing complicated going on here. Some good greens, accents of flavor and color, some good proteins and you are good to go.


This one had romaine hearts, cucumbers, some Mediterranean spiced feta, topped with a grilled piece of salmon (I gave the salmon a little drizzle of olive oil and some cracked pepper before it hit the grill). As for the dressing, I whipped up a creamy balsamic number.

Like I've said before with other proteins, they need to be moist and tender. I wont eat over cooked fish so I make sure to keep a close eye on things if not under cook it slightly. You can always put it back on the grill for an extra minute... but you can't undo overcooking.

For the dressing... it's really not a recipe more a toss it all in a bowl and mix so these measurements are a guess...

Creamy Balsamic Dressing
1/2 cup plain fat free yogurt
tiny bit of canola oil
3-4 Tbs balsamic vinegar
freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp Dijon mustard
sea salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste

Chow!

23 chews:

Sunshinemeg said...

If only that was in my lunch bag today...

= )

Sunshine said...

Looks yummy!

Natalie said...

Yum! I have a texture issue with fish. By itself I can't eat most but on top of a salad I sure can, since it adds a crisp crunch! This looks great!

Mags said...

I'm not a salmon fan, but I think that dressing would also work great with a grilled chicken breast. Pretty salad Steph.

Ann said...

I always put dijon mustard in my vinaigrettes! YUM, looks good! I cook all the time but usually just post my baked goods too. I guess they're a tad bit more exciting to me? Or better looking? More difficult... All of the above!

great salad love it

Pam said...

What a beautiful and healthy salad - love the dressing.

Have never thought of adding yogurt to balsamic dressing ... what a great idea, Steph! This is my favorite way to eat in the summer. So fresh and delicious!

Valerie said...

Yum! I often leave salmon a little raw in the middle because I really don't like overcooked fish. I have a phenomenal(ly simple) teriyaki recipe that I like to marinate my salad salmon in...will send to you if I think of it when I'm home!

Jennifer said...

Yummy salad!! i love the use of yogurt to lighten the dressing!

Karine said...

I agree with you: salads should be easy to do! :)

I love your salmon.

gaga said...

I just wanted to let you know that I gave you the One Lovely Blog award because your blog really is lovely. I always enjoy my visits here :)

Steph said...

I'm not usually a fan of salad dressings because it feels like I'm drinking oil. I like that yours only has a touch and is made with yogurt. Thanks for the tip about the heavy cream!

Marta said...

this salad looks delicious. And SOOOO healthy! Certainly perfect to balance out all the sweet baking you've been doing!

stephchows said...

I'm glad I could give you guys the yogurt sneaky fix! I hope you all love it :)

And gaga thanks for the award!!

Reeni♥ said...

This has all the salad elements I love! Delicious!

Elaine said...

Any idea how long something like this would keep in the fridge? I'd think as long as yogurt normally would, but I don't know if anything strange would happen when you mix it with a bunch of acidic elements...

stephchows said...

Elaine- great question... I actually had some leftover in the fridge for about two weeks and finished it off the other night... no adverse side effects so I'm guessing it was still good LOL :D

Mia said...

my guesses at amounts must have been different than yours :( looks delish but it was too runny and the taste was a little off

stephchows said...

Mia- Oh no!!! That sucks :( Next time I make this I'll actually measure things out so I have the right combo... I bet if you tweaked it to your taste you'd love it! Mine wasn't runny at all :(

Mrs. C said...

This looks fantastic! I can't wait to try it!!

Steph said...

I'm not usually a fan of salad dressings because it feels like I'm drinking oil. I like that yours only has a touch and is made with yogurt. Thanks for the tip about the heavy cream!

Valerie said...

Yum! I often leave salmon a little raw in the middle because I really don't like overcooked fish. I have a phenomenal(ly simple) teriyaki recipe that I like to marinate my salad salmon in...will send to you if I think of it when I'm home!

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