Sometimes I crave salmon, especially this Orange Glazed Salmon Salad.

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.

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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!

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

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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.

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

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

Place salmon in a shallow dish.

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

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Same thing with the sesame oil.

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And with the dark brown sugar.

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Then zest…

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

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Whisk until combined and sugar is dissolved.

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

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

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

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Place the salmon, ugly side up.

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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!!!!

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Next, 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.

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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.

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Next, toss them in with the greens.

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And then give it a light toss.

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Then, dish up some salad and place a piece of the orange glazed salmon in the center.

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Next, drizzle with some of the glaze. It acts like a salad dressing and is awesome.

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Then sprinkle them on top. Next, just season with black pepper and a little sea salt, just go easy on the sea salt because tamari or soy sauce tends to be a little salty. But you probably already knew that and you probably mumbled “thanks captain obvious”. I know I would.

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Finally, serve with a squeeze a little fresh orange juice over top.

What I like most about this Orange Glazed Salmon Salad, is that it’s simple. Because simple is how I roll. No but seriously  this is a light, healthy and wholesome. On that note; I’m going to eat this salad for breakfast, lunch or dinner for the rest of my life.

Enjoy! And if you give this Orange Glazed Salmon Salad recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

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Orange Glazed Salmon Salad
Yield: 4-6 servings

Orange Glazed Salmon Salad

A bright citrusy salmon topped salad. So much flavor in this deliciously healthy main dish salad.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes



  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • juice and zest of half an orange
  • 1 pound skinless salmon fillets, cut into 4 equal pieces
  • olive oil spray, for pan


  • 5 ounces mixed salad greens
  • 1/2 cup sliced purple cabbage
  • 1/2 cup carrot matchsticks
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds, for garnish


  1. In a small dish; whisk together soy sauce, sesame seed oil, dark brown sugar, zest and juice until sugar dissolves.
  2. Pour half of the marinade/ glaze over top of the salmon fillets and set remaining glaze aside.
  3. Toss the salmon until nicely coated and let marinate for 15-20 minutes on the counter top. Meanwhile preheat the broiler.
  4. Once marinated place the salmon on a lightly oiled and foil-lined sheet pan and discard used marinade.
  5. Place salmon under the broiler and cook for 4-6 minutes, rotate the pan and repeat for another 4-6 minutes or until salmon is fully cooked and flakes.
  6. In a large bowl toss the salad greens with the carrots and cabbage and divide the salad on to a large plates.
  7. Place a piece of still warm salmon in the center. Drizzle with a little bit of the reserved glaze and season with black pepper and sea salt to taste.
  8. Garnish with little squeeze of fresh orange juice and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. Serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 387Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 525mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 27g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.
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