Orange Glazed Salmon Salad

Sometimes I just need to eat salmon.

Sometimes eating it makes me not feel guilty for the M&M Dairy Queen Blizzard I inhaled after my girls softball game the day before.


I love salmon… my oldest daughter and I are the only ones who do. My youngest dramatically spits it out and my husband calls it SAL-mon. It’s not funny to me… but I fake laugh… so he doesn’t notice that I’m annoyed. Because if he noticed… he’d keep doing it. I use this technique quite often in life’s little awkward situations… like when people tell bad jokes, or when I pretend to listen to a long overdrawn story and get caught not paying attention… and also when some lady at the grocery store is telling me about how she’s related to an extra in the movie Titanic. True story. I can’t make this stuff up… you’d think I wear a t-shirt that reads “come tell me your life’s story”. Because that’s what they do, while I’m standing in the check-out isle… and I can’t escape.

Let’s get back to salmon. Try not to read it as SAL-mon throughout this post, k? Or do it… could be funny!? Good luck!

Here are the ingredients. For those who are gluten free substitute tamari for the soy sauce. Tamari is 100% soybean and no wheat!

This is a pound of salmon. If you were serving 4 entree portions, I’d serve 6-8 ounces per person, so you’d need more than a pound. But this was mainly for me and I wanted this to last so I divided this into thirds… so I could eat this for lunch the next few days.

Cut into equal portions. I left the end piece longer because it was thinner.

I could wall paper my office with this pattern, that’s if I had an office. Love.

Place salmon in a shallow dish.

Then In a small dish; measure and pour in the soy sauce or tamari.

Same thing with the sesame oil.

And with the dark brown sugar.

Then zest…

… and juice half of an orange. I’m getting pretty good at cooking with my left hand! 😉

Whisk until combined and sugar is dissolved.

Pour half of the sauce/marinade/glaze over the salmon.

Toss, coat and let it chillax for 15 minutes or so.

While you wait, you could line a sheet pan with foil and lightly oil it with some olive oil.

Place the salmon, ugly side up.

Place underneath the broiler for about 4-6 minutes. Flip repeat for another 4-6 minutes or until the salmon is fully cooked. Once cooked let it cool for a few. Pssst the brown sugar caramelizes!!!!

While all that’s going on I get moving on the salad part. I love mixed greens… they are my fav! A little baby spinach, baby romaine and radicchio it’s salad perfection! Some sliced purple cabbage, matchstick carrots, sesame seeds and the reserved glaze.  Bingo-bango. But you don’t have to serve it on a bed of lettuce. Rice… noodles… crusty bread… whatever floats your boat!

I was going to add a little red bell pepper, but when I pulled it out of my veggie basket… it looked like this :(. But any of your favorite veggies would work; mushrooms, pea pods, thinly sliced red onion, sliced red pepper that isn’t wrinkly.

Toss them in with the greens.

And give it a light toss.

Dish up some salad and place a piece of the orange glazed salmon in the center.

Drizzle with some of the glaze. It acts like a salad dressing… it’s awesome.

Remember those sesame seeds? You could totally toast these in a dry pan for a few minutes. But I was lazy… and hungry.

Sprinkle them on top. Then just season with black pepper and a little sea salt, just go easy on the sea salt because soy sauce tends to be a little salty. But you probably already knew that… and you probably mumbled “Thanks captain obvious” … I so would.

Hmmm. It’s missing something…

Oh yeah… squeeze a little fresh orange juice over top and serve!

What I like most about this salad, is that it’s simple. Because simple is how I roll. No but seriously it’s light, healthy and chock full of antioxidants. On that note; I’m going to eat this salad for breakfast for the rest of my life… because it’s the shizzy.


Orange Glazed Salmon Salad

Yield: 4-6 servings



3 tablespoons Soy Sauce

1 tablespoon Sesame Oil

1 tablespoon Dark Brown Sugar

Juice and Zest of half an Orange

4 Fresh Skinless Salmon Fillets

Olive Oil for pan


1 pkg. Mixed Salad Greens

1/2 cup sliced Purple Cabbage

1/2 cup Carrot Matchsticks

Reserved Salmon Marinade

Sesame Seeds, for garnish


In a small dish; whisk together soy sauce, sesame seed oil, dark brown sugar, zest and juice until sugar dissolves. Pour half of the marinade/ glaze over top of the salmon fillets and set remaining glaze aside. Toss the salmon until nicely coated and let marinate for 15-20 minutes on the counter top. Meanwhile preheat the broiler.

Once marinated place the salmon on a lightly oiled and foil lined sheet pan and discard used marinade. Place salmon under the broiler and cook for 4-6 minutes, turn and repeat for another 4-6 minutes or until salmon is fully cooked and flakes.

In a large bowl toss the salad greens with the carrots and cabbage. Plate a portion of salad on to a large plate. Place a piece of still warm salmon in the center. Drizzle with a little bit of the remaining glaze and season with black pepper and sea salt to taste. Garnish with little squeeze of fresh orange juice and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. Serve.

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25 Responses to “Orange Glazed Salmon Salad”

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    Kathleen — August 4, 2011 at 4:51 am

    I love how fresh and delicious this looks! It's the perfect summer meal!

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — August 4, 2011 at 5:29 am

    It totally is! I love fresh fish with a salad! 🙂

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    The Cilantropist — August 4, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Laurie this sounds fantastic! The recipe is simple and like you, I really love salmon and often use the health-factor to cover up other not-so-healty eats. 😉 I also love your fake laugh story, LOL, too funny!!!

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    Anonymous — August 4, 2011 at 7:26 am
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    Blog is the New Black — August 4, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I can't get myself to like salmon! 🙁 I see recipes like this and I just want to love it!

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    RavieNomNoms — August 4, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    I hear ya lady! Sometimes a girl just needs to feast on some salmon! This looks so fantastic. The orange glaze is to die for…

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    Bev Weidner — August 4, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Freaking. Gorgeous.

    I lurve salmon, so this post just rips into my soul innards and gives me a massage.

    I just love your blog!

  8. #
    Curt — August 4, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    That's an awesome recipe. I've been trying a lot of different things with salmon lately. I'm going to smoke salmon this weekend in fact.

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — August 4, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Thanks Amanda!

    Thanks for the tip Anonymous! I appreciate it!

    Raven ~ So glad I'm not the only one!! lol

    Bev~ I always love reading your comments. You crack me up!

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — August 4, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    I love smoked salmon!

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    Becka (The Elegant Eggplant) — August 4, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    laurie, I totally agree about sometimes just needing some salmon!! Maybe its a girl thing. This is my kind of recipe… simple, healthy and DEEELISH 🙂

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    SavithaRaj's Spice Land — August 4, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    OK…now these photos have really made me HUNGRY…….

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    Erin — August 4, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    This looks so pretty! I don't like salmon, really most seafoods. But the salad and the dressing and the glaze…yum! I could totally do this with chicken!

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    Pretty. Good. Food. — August 5, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Wow, look super easy! Can't wait to give it a shot 🙂

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    Amish Stories — August 6, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Greetings from the Amish community of Lebanon,Pa. Richard from Amish Stories.

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    Munatycooking — August 6, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    This is going to be our dinner! Thanks for posting the recipe.

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    Jennifer — August 7, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    It sounds super. Your photos are amazing!

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    Cheryl and Adam @ — August 8, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Salmon need to be really fresh and excellently prepared for us to really enjoy it but when it is it's a definitely favorite. Love the flavors in your recipe, especially the sesame oil which goes so well with salmon. Fresh and light and yummy!

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    Val — August 16, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Great salmon recipe. I love how the glaze doesn't overpower the salmon but works together with it to bring out its best qualities. Perfect 🙂

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    Chef Fresco — September 6, 2011 at 12:27 am

    We made this for dinner tonight – it was delicious!

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — September 6, 2011 at 1:30 am

    So glad to hear you liked it! Thanks for leaving feedback! 🙂

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    cochi — March 16, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Made this tonight and loved it! For the salad I tossed orange, ruby red grapefruit, avocado and almond slivers with baby arugula and spinach and a lime olive oil dressing…it went soooo well with the citrus flavor in the salmon. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    Meredith — October 17, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Made this salad and it was wonderful. I love seafood, and enjoy trying different ways to prepare it. Love the citrus flavor from the marinade and dressing.

    • simplyscratch replied: — October 17th, 2013 @ 11:12 pm

      I’m so glad Meredith! Thanks for coming back and leaving a comment! Have a great weekend!


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