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Summer Special: Fresh & Filling Smoked Salmon Salads!

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top: Smoked Salmon, Egg & Asparagus Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing by The Everything Soap Blog.
bottom: Smoked Salmon Chopped Salad with Cilantro Caper Vinaigrette by curedbybacon.com

Hello, fellow foodies! Summer is now in full gear, which means your kitchen is probably filled with a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s time for light fare and cool dishes that’ll help you battle the summer heat, and that means one thing: salads!

The trick to taking a salad from a boring side to a magnificent main dish? Protein. Chicken, beef, or, our favorite for summer, fish. Protein takes longer to digest, as opposed to fiber-rich vegetables that your body digests rather quickly, so adding it to your salad keeps you feeling full for a longer period of time. Just add a nice portion of protein to a salad, and it becomes filling noon or evening meal that won’t leave you sweating in the heat.

This week we bring you two delicious summer salads with our favorite summer protein: smoked salmon. One of the best things about smoked salmon is that there’s no cooking involved (which we’re thankful for, since turning the oven on with 90-degree temperatures is nothing short of culinary torture). Salmon is also one of those super foods, incredibly healthy, filled with Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega 3 is an antioxidant that reduces inflammation and can even help prevent cancer growth. Contrary to some popular belief, smoked salmon contains as much Omega 3s as raw salmon (this was supported by a study by Norway’s National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research- for more information on this, click here), so you’re getting all the benefits plus the smoky flavor.

The bottom line? A salad with delicious smoked salmon is both a simple summer meal solution AND a healthful powerhouse: you get delicious flavor, filling protein, healthy antioxidants, lots of veggies (of your choice, but we’ve got some suggestions below), and an all-around fresh, and cool, summer dish.

We picked our favorite two smoked salmon salad recipes to feature on our post today. We hope it helps you keep deliciously cool this summer!

Smoked Salmon Chopped Salad with Cilantro Caper Vinaigrette

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Summer in a bowl! Smoked Salmon Summer Salad by CuredbyBacon.com

Our first pick is by CuredbyBacon.com (yes, we found the name of this blog hilarious as well). It’s a twist on a chopped salad, which combines the smoke of the smoked salmon with a rainbow of fresh seasonal veggies like refreshing cucumber, plump tomatoes and onions, mixed with flavor-packing ingredients like capers and cilantro.  There’s absolutely no cooking required for this one.


1 large cucumber diced into cubes
2 red round tomatoes diced into cubes
1/4 cup of chopped red onion
1/2 cup cubed smoked salmon
2 tbsp. non-pareil capers
1 tbsp. caper brine
1 tbsp. cilantro
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

For the full recipe, easy-to-follow instructions, and laugh-out-loud cooking posts, click here.

Smoked Salmon, Egg & Asparagus Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing

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Smoked Salmon, Egg and Asparagus Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing by TheEverythingSoapBlog.com

Our second pick requires a bit more preparation and minimal cooking, but it’s definitely worth it. Adding even more protein to the table, this Smoked Salmon, Egg and Asparagus Salad with Creamy Dill by The Everything Soap Blog is a four-ingredient masterpiece that is guaranteed to fill you up without leaving you lethargic. Asparagus is in season right now, so you’ll find it super fresh and cheap at your local supermarket or farmer’s market. The hard-boiled eggs add extra “meat” to the dish, and the creamy dill dressing marries fabulously with all the ingredients.

 Ingredients – the salad

12 ounces asparagus, trimmed
7 ounces sliced smoked salmon
4 hard boiled eggs, halved
1/3 cup creamy dill dressing

Ingredients – the dressing
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh dill
Click here to view the full recipe, along with gorgeous pictures.

Products from this post:

Norwegian & Scottish Smoked Salmon Selection
Capers Non-Pareil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Aged Red Wine Vinegar
Fine Sea Salt From Noirmoutier

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Our Favorite 5 Gourmet Sandwiches

A intricate, elaborate meal is great, but with summer just around the corner, light, fresh meals are the order of the day for the season. The understated (and many times underrated) sandwich is the perfect dish for spring and summer, and it doesn’t have to be boring or plain. We’re here to prove that between (and beyond) two slices of bread can lie a magnificent gourmet dish! The secret lies, as it always does in gourmet cooking, in selecting the best ingredients and using a bit of culinary creativity.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich vs The Croque Monsieur

The Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Gourmet Version
The Croque Monsieur
Croque Monsieur Gourmet Sandwiches

Croque Monsieur by Accidental Locavore

Grilled cheese, French-style! This is perhaps the easiest, albeit oversimplified definition of the Croque Monsieur (a play on the words “crunch” and “mister”). Eaten in France in bars, bistros, and famously originating at the Boulevard des Capucines in Paris, this cheesy sandwich typically uses Emmental or Gruyere cheese, both earthy, nutty cheeses with great melting properties, alongside a good amount of ham. The bread, contrary to expectations, is not the famous baguette, but rather a broad, country loaf-style hefty slice, with the crust cut off. It can’t be too thin, or the melted cheese will overwhelm it. A key ingredient? The sauce. A Croque Monsieur sometimes comes with a béchamel or Mornay sauce, basically a cream-based concoction that is drizzled on top and then broiled. Yum! Anne Mayfield of The Accidental Locavore has been on a personal quest of finding the perfect Croque Monsieur, so we reached out to her for a delicious, easy-to-make at home recipe for an authentic Croque Monsieur

View Full Recipe: Croque Monsieur

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Ham Sandwich vs The Prosciutto Sandwich

Ham Sandwich
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The Prosciutto Sandwich

You can have a ham and cheese sandwich…or you can have a Prosciutto di Parma and poached egg with arugula sandwich! That’s what Stefanie of Sarcastic Cooking recommends, and just looking at the picture of her trademark Open-Faced Poached Egg Arugula & Prosciutto Sandwich made our mouths start watering. This recipe is perfect for a gourmet brunch or breakfast, combining buttery, gorgeous prosciutto ham with tart arugula leaves, a perfectly cooked poached egg, all with a drizzle of creamy citrusy lemon vinaigrette. Delicious, filling, and sophisticated!

Not into the just-one-slice thing? If you’re a purist who believes that a sandwich should come with two slices of bread (we beg to differ!), we found this amazing alternative from Lynne Webb of MyGourmetConnection.com. Her hefty Roasted Eggplant, Veggie, Provolone & Prosciutto Sandwich includes: “slices of garlic-balsamic roasted eggplant, topped with warm, buttered tomatoes, wilted spinach, prosciutto and provolone cheese”. We loved the combination of salty and sweet prosciutto with the healthy veggies, and because the sandwich is served warm, it’s guaranteed to be filling.

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Roasted Eggplant, Veggie, Provolone & Prosciutto Sandwich by My Gourmet Connection Open-Faced Poached Egg Arugula & Prosciutto Sandwich by Sarcastic Cooking

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Bacon and Egg Breakfast Sandwich vs The Lyonnaise Sandwich

Bacon and Egg Breakfast Sandwich
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The Lyonnaise Sandwich

Crunchy, salty and fatty bacon, trust us, we got hungry just writing this sentence! We had heard of the famed Lyonnaise salad, a dish typical of the city of Lyon, in France, that combined frisse lettuce with bits of fried bacon and a poached egg, and we thought it was genius of Adrianna Adarme of A Cozy Kitchen to bring the classic salad to a sandwich form. She cooked up bacon with shallots and red wine, mixed with fine Dijon mustard, and tossed it with the frisse. She added the soft poached egg and some tomato slices, and used warm buttery brioche buns to contain the whole shebang.  With bacon, red wine, brioche, oeuf (that’s egg in French), and a French name to boot, the Lyonnaise sandwich is definitely one to add to the repertoire.

Lyonnaise Gourmet Sandwich

Salade Lyonnaise Sandwich by A Cozy Kitchen

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The Steak Sandwich vs Flank Steak and Chimichurri Sandwich

The Steak Sandwich
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Flank Steak and Chimichurri Sandwich

For a lot of people, a great meal is based on one thing, and one thing only: meat. Steak, specifically. So we thought our list could never be complete without a gourmet steak sandwich. There were many delicious choices out there, but we think our winner deserved it. Meet: The Flank Steak On Texas Toast With Chimichurri Sandwich by Food52 (www.Food52.com)! A very popular seasoning right now, chimichurri is a spicy garlic dressing from South America, made out of several spices mixed in olive oil. It brings out the earthy flavor of the steak without overpowering the meat, giving it a delicious spicy touch. In this sandwich, the Chimichurri sauce is used both to marinate the steak and to craft a deliciously inventive mayonnaise.  The thick and buttery Texas toast is absolutely essential to absorb the weight of the sandwich – and the delicious juices from the steak!

Flank Steak Sandwich

Flank Steak on Texas Toast with Chimichurri by Food52

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Lox and Cream Cheese Bagel Sandwich vs Smoked Salmon With Avocado & Egg Sandwich

Lox and Cream Cheese Bagel Sandwich
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Smoked Salmon With Avocado & Egg Sandwich

Disclaimer: I LOVE smoked salmon. Actually, to say I love it is an understatement. I’m a full-blown smoked salmon addict. I will have it on anything and everything, for every and any meal. So nailing the greatest smoked salmon sandwich recipe was a task of personal pride. The winner was the Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Egg Open Faced Sandwich by Kate of Framed Cooks.

We love that she used just one slice of bread, since it allows the smoked salmon flavor and texture to shine through, plus the sweetness of the avocado paired wonderfully and matched the buttery texture of the smoked salmon, and the salty and filling scrambled eggs gave it more substance and extra heft. All in all, a protein-packed, antioxidant rich, super filling and incredibly delicious gourmet sandwich!

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Open Face Sandwiches with Avocado, Egg and Smoked Salmon by Framed Cooks

> View Full Recipe: Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Egg Open Faced Sandwich

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