Wild Salmon Vegetable Salad with Lemon Miso Dressing

Wild Salmon Vegetable Salad with Lemon Miso Dressing

Lately I’ve been experiencing a craving for Japanese food. The seaweed salad, miso soup, sashimi salad, miso marinated black cod, and spicy salmon vegetable rolls are some of my favorites and offer exotic flavors that keep me coming back for more!


My fascination with Japanese food started when I moved to California. We have so many fantastic Asian restaurants here and they offer authentic and absolutely delectable food. Whenever I’m looking for a break from cooking and want to eat out with family or friends we always seek out restaurants that feature Japanese, Korean, Thai, or Vietnamese cuisine as our first choice.


These exotic cuisines share a common bond in knowing how to create dishes that appeal to all our tastes and offer a great balance between salty, sweet, tangy, sour, spicy, and savory (umami). Today’s Wild Salmon Vegetable Salad with Lemon Miso Dressing is inspired by the flavors and ingredients of Japan. The two stars of this salad are the wild salmon and lemon miso dressing. When you combine the salmon and lemon miso dressing with the crisp baby lettuce, carrots, nori, cucumber, green onion, and Napa cabbage it creates a salad that is totally satisfying and filled with healing foods.


I had all the ingredients on hand except the wild salmon. I went to the store and bought fresh Copper River sockeye salmon, cut it into four fillets and slow roasted it for dinner. I saved two of the cooked fillets to make this salad for lunch the next day for my mom and me.


Copper River sockeye salmon is from Alaska and is a sustainable fish that has a beautiful reddish-pink color, succulent flavor, and buttery texture that lends itself to slow roasting. Slow roasting fish in the oven at 250 ̊ F is so easy to do and it protects the fish from drying out while creating a velvety texture that is so good!


If you don’t want to take the time to cook the salmon feel free to use canned wild sockeye or pink salmon that is boneless and skinless. Wild Planet has a good canned sockeye salmon that is available in 6 ounce cans. Wild salmon is a good protein source and high in omega-3 essential fatty acids that are important for cardiovascular health and protection against inflammation.

Baby romaine, cucumbers, carrots, green onions, and Napa cabbage are vegetable superstars that are both nutrient-rich and healing. Check out some of my other recipes and articles to find out more about their wonderful health benefits.


Nori is mineral-rich seaweed that is dried into thin sheets and is used  for wrapping sushi rolls. Nori is a good source of protein, vitamin A, potassium, iron, and calcium. If you are vegan or vegetarian feel free to leave out the salmon and add more vegetables like snow peas and protein-rich cooked quinoa to the recipe.


For all you salad lovers what is your favorite salad toppings?  If you would like to contribute to the conversation, please take a moment to leave a comment.


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This recipe was entered in Against All Grain  Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free, Seasonal Salad event! Click on the link to see all the tasty salads shared on July 1, 2012.



Wild Salmon Vegetable Salad with Lemon Miso Dressing     

Paleo, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free    

Serves 2 Entrée Salads

Two 5-ounce wild salmon fillets, skin on or 2-6 ounce cans of wild salmon
1 small lemon—cut into ½-inch slices
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
4 cups baby romaine or mixed baby greens—rinsed
1 cup Napa cabbage—rinsed and thinly shredded
2 green onions—thinly sliced
1 carrot—shaved and diced
1 Persian cucumber—thinly sliced in rounds
1 sheet of Nori seaweed—cut into small pieces (optional)
1 recipe for Lemon miso dressing—make while cooking the salmon


To make the salad:
1. If you purchased fresh salmon fillets remove any pin bones and place salmon fillets skin side down on top of lemon slices in a baking sheet lined with parchment or lightly greased. Drizzle salmon with 2 teaspoons of olive oil and season to taste with unrefined sea salt and fresh ground black pepper.
2. Set salmon aside at room temperature for around 15 minutes while you preheat the oven at 250 ̊ F (120 ̊ C).
3. Once oven preheats place salmon in oven and cook for 25-30 minutes depending on thickness of fish. To check doneness of fish stick a knife in center of the fillets and remove. Fish is done when knife slides out easily. The fish will still look slightly translucent in color but it is done.
4. Remove fish and cool.  Remove fillets from skin and break into pieces.  If using canned salmon, drain and flake into small chunks. Set aside while you assemble the salad.
5. Place lettuce on plates and top with all the remaining salad ingredients. Drizzle with lemon miso dressing and enjoy!


Lemon Miso Dressing

Paleo, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free   

Makes around 1 cup

2 tablespoons raw honey
2 teaspoons fresh peeled ginger—grated
1 small organic lemon—peel, use flesh and juice from lemon
2 tablespoons white miso—non-genetically modified
⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon filtered water


1. Add all ingredients for dressing in blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Set aside the dressing while you put together the salad.
2. Store leftover dressing in glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.



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Recipe shared on Whole Food Wednesday, Fight Back Friday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Fit and Fabulous FridaysAllergy Friendly Friday, Fat Tuesday.


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  1. Shelley,
    This one is my Favorite so far! I am a great fan of Nori!!! I munch on it instead of chips.
    I have an American Eskimo Dog that is 15 and will only leap up in the air for Nori.

    This recipe has such a great balance. I just finished dinner and I’m hungry again! Yumm
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Donna, Your comment made me smile! I can imagine your dog leaping in the air for Nori. I had a Maltese for 16 years and he loved to stand up for carrots. I’m happy to hear that my salad makes you hungry again! I hope you make it soon. 🙂

  2. Sylviane Nuccio

    This looks just so delicious, beautiful and healthy all at the same time. Thank you for sharing those wonderful recipes with us. Makes me hungry now!
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  3. Hi Shelley,
    thanks for sharing this easy healthy recipe with us, because we do not have so many good Japanese restaurants in Italy this is a great opportunity to try this recipe in summer easy and delicious!

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Patricia, Even though Italy doesn’t have alot of good Japanese restaurants you can make this salad and enjoy all the flavors of Japan. I hope you try the recipe!

  4. Wow Shelley that looks wonderful. Just the amazing assortment of colors is really mouth watering. I wish I was a better cook but maybe I will try your recipes. I am sure that it won’t look the same but I hope it will taste yummy!
    Joyce Edwards recently posted..Gluten: It’s Every Where!!!My Profile

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Joyce! This salad is pretty easy to make and all the vibrant colors of the vegetables and salmon make it a treat for the eyes and mouth. I hope you make it soon.

  5. Yum. I found you via Whole Food Wednesday. I linked in a post about prawn cocktails. Have a great week.

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Carole, Thanks for stopping by from Whole Food Wednesday. I will have to visit your blog. Have a wonderful week!

  6. Shelley,
    This salad looks so good. You asked about favorite salad dressings. Mine is the peanut dressing followed by a ginger dressing, both often served in Japanese restaurants. I love making really nutritious salads and healthy dinners – for a few days – and then I find it easier to eat out for a few meals. With spending so much time with the computer and with clients, shopping for the food becomes more difficult. I often go to Whole Foods and get some of their ready made salads (like kale salad and quinoa based salad) at their food counter.

    Your blogs remind me to stay focused on eating healthy foods. The images are so appealing.


    Dr. Erica
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Dr. Erica, I love ginger dressing too, that warm spicy flavor makes me happy! I’m glad my blog keeps you focused on eating healthy it sounds like your doing good with it. Thanks for all the encouragement!

  7. Lilach Bullock

    Wow Shelley, not only does this look beautiful but it also looks delicious (and healthy!).

    I only wish I could make it so it looked as yummy as yours does!

    Thanks for sharing:)
    Lilach Bullock recently posted..Social Medias very own “War of the Roses”My Profile

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Lilach! There’s nothing better than healthy and delicious real foods that look beautiful and taste good! I’m sure you can make your version look yummy!

  8. Hi Shelley,

    That looks so delicious and so healthy! I’m going to pin this and save it so that I can get those ingredients and give it a try soon! Thank you for sharing this!

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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Stacy! I love pinning recipes on Pinterest. Let me know how you like the salad when you make it!

  9. Wow, that looks great!! I have some Nori on hand but some of the other items will have to be searched. I love avocado in a salad.. just found out this past spring how much I like it!
    Holly recently posted..Did you know that if you journal you are twice as likely to succeed?My Profile

  10. A beautiful looking salad! I really like the addition of nori for that extra kick of sea flavour.

    x x x
    naomi recently posted..A Salad for All Seasons (Go Ahead Honey it’s Gluten Free!)My Profile

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Naomi! The nori really does add another layer of flavor that is really tasty in this salad.

  11. Peter Fuller MBA

    What a fantastic recipe Shelley.

    I have always loved some salmon in my salad but this recipe is totally different than anything I have tried before.

    I am looking forward to trying it this weekend.

    Peter Fuller MBA recently posted..What You Are Doing Today Will Affect Your Retirement FreedomMy Profile

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Peter, Thanks and I hope you enjoy the recipe! Salmon is one of my favorites and slow roasting it really enhances the flavor.

  12. Shelley, what a gorgeous salad! These flavors are amazing…I love the miso dressing! Thank you for bringing this to my Fit and Fabulous party! I hope to see you this weekend. 🙂
    Amee recently posted..Skinny Berry ParfaitsMy Profile

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Amee, Thanks and I was happy to bring the recipe to your Fit and Fabulous party! I’ll visit again with more recipes to share with you. 🙂

  13. Nicolle Olores says:

    What a great looking and delicious dish! The dish really looks wild and I love to try this at home if I have more time in the kitchen after work. So healthy and delicious thanks for sharing!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Nicolle! I hope you make it soon, this salad is so tasty and comes together quick once the salmon is done.

  14. Vikki Johnson says:

    Shelley, this salad looks DELICIOUS! I can’t wait to make it. I adore Asian cuisine and salmon is my favorite fish. Thanks for always inspiring me to try new recipes. You’re amazing at your craft. Keep up the awesome work.

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks so much Vikki! I’m happy that I inspire you to try new recipes. 🙂 Hope you enjoy this salad!

  15. MMMMM MMMMM Scrumptious! Seriously, delicious! 🙂
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  16. This is gorgeous, and matches your logo. I have included this in my June Real Food Meal Plan post. Thanks for sharing!
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