Salad: Maple Walnut + Pecan Encrusted Salmon

June 1, 2017

This Salad: Maple Walnut + Pecan Encrusted Salmon recipe is super refreshing, boasting of great sweet and savory flavors, and is easy to make using simple ingredients. The perfect Summer meal, but can be enjoyed during any season.

Salad: Maple Walnut + Pecan Encrusted SalmonToday’s recipe consists of Salmon, which I haven’t eaten in a few months. I almost forgot how amazing Salmon is.

Anyway, Salmon is a type of fish that often cooks fairly easily and one of my favorite ways to make Salmon is in the oven. It’s just so easy that way. Don’t you agree?

Plus, I feel like the oven gives Salmon a more smokier + juicier kind of cook and flavor to it (if this makes any sense at all! Haha).

With this dish, I chose to make a nice refreshing salad and I of course had to ensure that my Salmon had a burst of flavor to marry well with the greens.

Who wants just a plain ole’ salad, right? I mean, I’m not a plain ole’ kind of girl!

Salad: Maple Walnut + Pecan Encrusted Salmon

For the topping, I chose to go with something a bit sweeter and crunchier than the usual garlic and butter-based recipes for any typical Salmon dish.

I figured that nuts would add a nice crunch to not only the Salmon but the salad itself.

And since I’ve stumbled upon a new sense of love for both Walnuts and Pecans (since after giving birth to my son a few years ago), I figured, why not use both! Haha.

I just love the balance of saltines from the Walnuts and slight sweetness from the Pecans. They just go together. 

Salad: Maple Walnut + Pecan Encrusted Salmon

Well, with just a few ingredients and literally 20 minutes or so to spare, I had a nice, quick dinner that was by far my EASIEST meal yet.

Not only was it super fast, but it was so good that my husband wished that I had made more (which is not unusual for me, I might add. Haha!).  

I definitely take pride in cooking for my little family and I’m not boasting at all. Just slightly tooting my own horn if I shall.

If you’re into Salmon like I am, then these Baked Salmon Cake Balls + Rosemary Aioli are a MUST! Packed with protein, omega fatty acids, and a ton of other great nutrients from the fresh salmon, these balls make for the perfect appetizer, lunch, or dinner, especially when entertaining. 

These delicious Baked Salmon Sliders with BBQ Jerk Sauce are a must-have for the summer. They are perfectly small to act as a great appetizer for guests, a nice bite to eat for lunch, or perhaps a few good bites for dinner. 

But of course, I know that some of you might not want to only limit yourselves to Salmon (especially if you’re a lover of seafood), therefore, I’ve included this Spicy Cajun Shrimp, Kale + Cauliflower Rice recipe as a great reference to a must try as well. It’s a one pot meal, completely easy, ready in 30 short minutes.

This Healthy Honey Garlic Shrimp + Broccoli is a great homemade option to amazing take-out flavors in one single bowl. Made in less than 30 minutes, this shrimp and broccoli is smothered in a sweet + slightly spicy honey garlic sauce, with hints of ginger, served with brown rice and topped with sesame seeds. Pure perfection!

Not to mention this Brown Butter Lobster, Shrimp, Crispy Kale + Wild Rice Bowl recipe which is most certainly one that the family will love!

So be sure to check out the recipe below so that you can give this a real GO! Trust me, it’s worth the short minutes! 

Salad: Maple Walnut + Pecan Encrusted Salmon

Now let’s dig right into this recipe, shall we?

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a Medium skillet, turn heat on medium-high and add butter.

Lightly sprinkle sea salt and black pepper on each side of Salmon fillets and add to hot skillet, searing them on each side (about 3-4 minutes each side in which Salmons are seared to perfection).

In the meantime, in a small bowl mix together topping ingredients and gently spoon Tbsps full of glaze (leaving half of the glaze for later) on each Salmon while they remain in the skillet on medium-high heat.

Remove from heat and place skillet (if using an oven safe version) directly in the oven to finish searing and for the glaze becomes caramelized, about 10-15 minutes.

Halfway through, be sure to add additional Tbsps of glaze to the tops of Salmons to ensure it remains well dressed.

Meanwhile, rinse and chop veggies for the salad and set aside.

After, check on Salmon and glaze. Once glaze has become thickened and gooey and Salmon has become more opaque (or a darker pink), remove from oven and let cool for 1 minute.

To serve—Assemble veggies to create your salad, and gently place Salmon on top of veggies. Top with your favorite light dressing and additional nuts, if desired. 

Wallah!

Bon Appetite!

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Salad: Maple Walnut + Pecan Encrusted Salmon

Salad: Maple Walnut + Pecan Encrusted Salmon

Maple Walnut + Pecan Encrusted Salmon Salad Recipe

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
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Ingredients

  • 1 Large Piece of Salmon, sliced into Medium fillets
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsps unsalted butter

Maple, Pecan, + Walnut Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 3-4 Tbsps pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley

Salad:

  • 4 cups chopped kale (You can also use lettuce if preferred)
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in halves
  • 1 Medium cucumber, peeled + diced
  • Favorite dressing

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a Medium skillet, turn heat on medium-high and add butter.
  • Lightly sprinkle sea salt and black pepper on each side of Salmon fillets and add to hot skillet, searing them on each side (about 3-4 minutes each side in which Salmons are seared to perfection).
  • In the meantime, in a small bowl mix together topping ingredients and gently spoon Tbsps full of glaze (leaving half of the glaze for later) on each Salmon while they remain in the skillet on medium-high heat.
  • Remove from heat and place skillet (if using an oven safe version) directly in the oven to finish searing and for the glaze becomes caramelized, about 10-15 minutes.
  • Halfway through, be sure to add additional Tbsps of glaze to the tops of Salmons to ensure it remains well dressed.
  • Meanwhile, rinse and chop veggies for the salad and set aside.
  • After, check on Salmon and glaze. Once glaze has become thickened and gooey and Salmon has become more opaque (or a darker pink), remove from oven and let cool for 1 minute.
  • To serve---Assemble veggies to create your salad, and gently place Salmon on top of veggies. Top with your favorite light dressing and additional nuts, if desired. 
  • Wallah!
  • Bon Appetite!

Tips & Tricks

STORAGE: Leftovers are best kept in a tightly sealed container and refrigerated for up to 3 days.

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  1. LOVING the combination of nut and salmon. This looks like a great dinner salad. Along with a nice glass of white wine, this is the perfect dinner for the patio on a Friday night.

  2. Shanika – LOVED this salad! I am trying to do more “big salads” for dinner and my husband is trying to eat more fish. So it was the perfect combo. Love the nuts!

  3. Every time I come visit your blog I almost feel like you are reading my mind with the wonderful recipes you post. This Salmon encrusted with Pecans and Walnuts is just one of the many fabulous recipes we have tried and they all turn out perfect! Thank you for posting wonderful recipes with great tips and instructions!

  4. What an interesting mix of spices with the maple syrup Shanika!! Sweet & spicy!! Sounds delish– we’re trying to eat fish at least once a week and am always on the lookout for some new way to cook it! thanks! Hope your weekend is running along well. What are you up to?? We’re mostly home doing laundry and packing up to leave early Monday morning for our daughter’s wedding in Wisconsin! hugs from here!

    • Hi Rhonda! Yes, I do love the sweet + spicy element of this dish! I didn’t think that maple syrup would work so perfectly with Salmon, but it does! I’m happy to help! I do hope that you enjoy it once you try it! Eating fish once a week is a really great idea! I actually spent the entire day yesterday in NJ with my Sister-in-law and my husband’s family for a nice outing. We had a blast going around town and spending time at the mall, etc. NJ is definitely a breathe of fresh air compared to NYC. Today, I’m doing a lot of work for the blog and then some remote work later on. Sounds exciting to be going to Wisconsin. I hope that you guy have a great time and the wedding and safe travels. Until next time! Hugs and more hugs! 🙂

  5. […] In the meantime, I seasoned my Salmon and created the same Maple Glaze that I used in a previous Salmon recipe: Click Here for Recipe!  […]