Salmon Salad with Sesame Oil Dressing

I think the who, what and why of this food blog are as cliched as they get with respect to food blog and I am going to spare everyone of that and move on to the recipe..

I have come to realize that versatility of salmon from the experimentation that we (the architect and the engineer) have been doing with it over the past few months. Starting as mostly vegetarians it was a bold step for us to experiment with fish and generally they have been very rewarding. I have fallen in love with salmon and even salmon tartar has been accepted.

So here is one of our experiments –

Salmon Salad with Sesame Oil Dressing

Ingredients

  1. Salmon (fillet), fresh/frozen – about 100g person or more if you like.
  2. Small red onion
  3. Lime juice – 2 tsp
  4. Salad leaves – whatever you like, IMO the darker the better
  5. Soy sauce – around 1 tbsp
  6. Toasted sesame seed oil – around 2 tbsp
  7. Toasted sesame seeds – 2 tsp for garnish
  8. Salt and pepper to taste

Equipment

  1. Nonstick pan for pan frying salmon
  2. A spatula for flipping the salmon
  3. Knife for breaking up the salmon
  4. Salad bowl for making the dressing and tossing the salad
  5. Whisk or a fork for whisking the dressing
  6. Knife and cutting board for the onions
  7. Small bowl for marinating/pickling the onions

Procedure

  1. Heat up the non-stick pan for pan frying the salmon on medium heat. If you are using frozen fish, it isn’t necessary to defrost it. It can go on the pan frozen. Also, since salmon is a fish high in fats, you don’t need any oil in the pan to fry the fish. The fish can directly go on a hot pan. Fry the fish for 5 mins on each (broad, flat) side and if you are like me even on the short sides.
  2. In the meanwhile slice up the onions in long half moons and pour the lime juice over them (use the small bowl).
  3. Add the sesame seed oil and soy sauce to the salad bowl, add some salt and pepper and whisk (use a whisk or a fork). You might want to taste the dressing and adjust the ingredients to your taste.
  4. When the salmon is done, break it up into bite size chunks using a knife.
  5. Add the salad leaves, salmon and onions to the salad bowl and toss. Check for salt and pepper.
  6. Serve it topped with toasted sesame seeds.
  7. Click a nice picture and boast about it to family and friends as you enjoy eating it.
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