Salmon and Salads


Thursday Supper

Kale salad, dilly salmon & brown rice

This meal was fantastic and the salmon was delicious.  I really liked the creamy dill sauce and I would have it on my salmon all the time.  I don't love salmon so this added some great flavour to it and the sauce was very easy to make.

We eat a pretty healthy diet at our house but for the most part it's usually everything in moderation.   However, there are a few things that I don't budge on.  I only cook whole grain pasta and brown rice.  I love the nutty flavour of brown rice, it's really delicious.

Broiled Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce - Recipe from The Looneyspoons Collection by Janet & Greta Podleski

6 boneless skinless salmon fillets
1/2 cup light sour cream
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp minced fresh dill
1 tsp grated lemon zest
1/4 tsp each salt and freshly ground black pepper


Preheat broiler.  Sprinkle salmon fillets lightly on both sides with salt and pepper.

Place salmon on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray.  Broil 4 to 6 inches from heat source for about 4 minutes per side, or until fish flakes easily but is still lightly pink in the centre.

While fish is cooking, prepare sauce.  In a bowl, whisk together sour cream, maple syrup, mustard, lemon juice, dill, lemon zest, salt and pepper.

Remove salmon from oven and drizzle with sauce.

Date & Kale Salad - Recipe from Self Magazine

This salad was delicious.  I didn't like the kale at the grocery store so I just bought the baby kale that comes in the plastic tubs.  Its not as dark green as the other stuff and I am not entirely sure if it was actually all kale.  Nonetheless, it was still really good.

Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 shallot, chopped
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
2 bunches of kale, stems removed, leaves shredded or finely chopped
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup sliced almonds
8 dates, pitted and chopped
2 1/2 oz Parmesan, shaved with a peeler

In a bowl, whisk juice, shallot, honey, salt and pepper flakes.  Add kale, toss well. Let sit for 20 minutes.  Mix in oil. Refrigerate up to 1 day, or serve immediately.

In a dry pan, toast almonds over medium heat, tossing constantly, until colour deepens, 1 to 2 minutes.  Add almonds, dates and Parmesan to kale; serve.

Monday Supper

We just have leftovers for supper Monday night but I added this side salad last minute after my mom sent it to me. I didn't have avocados and sunflower seeds on hand though, which I think would have really made the salad.  I just added some sliced almonds and grated parmesan. It was delicious and so simple to make. It could be easily made into a meal salad with boiled eggs, grilled chicken or fish, or some black beans.

Quick Citrusy Salad (Recipe from Nutrition Action HealthLetter - January/February 2014)

Toss 8 cups loosely packed mixed greens with dressing made by mixing 2 tbsp minced red onion, 1 tbsp red wine vinegar, 2 tbsp olive oil, and 1/4 tsp salt.  Top with sliced mandarin or clementine oranges (2-3), 1/2 cup chopped avocado and 2 tbsp sunflower seeds.

- Kyla


  1. That dill sauce looks awesome! We love Salmon at our house and will definitely have to give that one a try.

    We eat pretty healthy at our house too - But are pretty firm on white rice and white pasta! Ha! Hugh and I don't particularly like the taste of brown and I'm not overly convinced on the benefits of brown. That being said, I do enjoy mixing wild rice 1/2 and 1/2 in with my white.

    Love reading about what you're cooking, Kyla! Keep 'em coming!

  2. Hi Jordan,

    I think there are many benefits to choosing brown rice over white rice. Brown rice is a whole grain and not as processes as white rice. Whole grains have more protein, fibre, calcium, magnesium, vitamin E, potassium, and phytochemicals (healthy compounds found in plants) than refined grains like white rice. The same would go for whole grain pastas.

    That being said, Canada's Food Guide recommends for at least half our servings of grain products to be whole grain so there is leniency in what foods people choose. Just thought I would add that.

  3. Information from: Eat Right Ontario ( All About Brown Rice.


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