SEARED SALMON TOPPED WITH CITRUS AVOCADO SALAD
I’m a huge salmon fan over here! We eat it about once a week to switch up the protein in our dinners. This Seared Salmon Topped with Citrus Avocado Salad is my new favorite. It’s so bright & fresh and the salad goes perfectly with the seared, buttery salmon!
Why I Include Salmon in My Lifestyle
As you probably know, salmon is very rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids, which benefits our bodies in so many ways! Omega-3’s are great for our heart and brain function. It’s also a great source of protein while being high in many vitamins.
We’ve been trying to reduce our meat consumption for ethical and environmental reasons, and adding in seafood a couple times a week is a great way for us to do this while still feeling like we are eating a satiating meal!
I also love how versatile salmon is. I’ve been enjoying it since I was a child, even when I had an aversion to other fish. Salmon isn’t especially “fishy” tasting, so it’s a great protein for the whole family.
Citrus flavors ALWAYS go well with salmon, but I also love doing a blackened salmon with spices, or pairing it with a caper sauce.
There’s many ways to cook salmon that are delicious, but my current favorite is just a simple pan sear. My Official Green Pan’s have made this SO easy because the salmon never, ever sticks which is amazing. If you’re looking for a very high-quality, non-toxic pan set, I can’t recommend the brand enough. Linked here is the set I have. Worth EVERY penny.
An important step in searing salmon is to make sure the fish is dry. I place it on a plate before I cook it and dab it with a paper towel to remove any moisture.
I then season the salmon with my absolute favorite blend, Grind to a Salt. It’s my holy-grail seasoning and I use it so frequently, especially on salmon!
Choosing Your Salmon
I know that for a lot of people, buying salmon at the store can be intimidating. Do you get farm-raised or wild-caught? Frozen or fresh? Which cuts? It can definitely be confusing!
Here’s a few tips that I like to follow:
1) I always choose frozen salmon. Unless you’re purchasing from a fish market that flies in fresh fish every day, the thawed fish at your grocery store was likely previously frozen. If you buy it frozen, you’ll skip a freeze/thaw cycle.
2) I personally prefer wild-caught salmon to farm-raised. I just think the color looks better and the fish looks more fresh.
3) Your salmon should always look and smell fresh. If the coloring seems off or there is an overly fishy smell, I wouldn’t risk it!
The Citrus Avocado Salad
One of the things I love the most about winter is that it’s citrus season! It’s just crazy to me how I seem to crave oranges and other citrus fruits the most during the winter, and that’s exactly when they’re in their prime! Nature is just so crazy cool like that.
This Citrus Avocado Salad is one of my favorite things that I’ve made recently because the flavors are just so fresh and flavorful.
I decided to use 1 blood orange, 1 sumo orange and 1 avocado. I love the way blood oranges look for some variety in color and texture! If you haven’t tried them yet, sumos are a delicious type of citrus that are SO juicy! I get them every time they come into season.
The salad is dressed super simply with honey and lime to perfectly round out the flavors. I suggest making the salad first and letting it sit in the fridge while you cook the salmon so that all of the flavors have time to become friendly.
Easy Seared Salmon Topped with Citrus Avocado Salad
- 1 pound salmon cut into fillets
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 sumo orange
- 1 blood orange
- 1/4 red onion
- 1 large avocado
- 1 lime
- 1 tsp honey
- Peel and dice the sumo, blood orange, avocado and red onion.
- In a bowl, whisk together the honey and lime juice.
- Add the citrus, avocado and red onion to bowl and stir to coat in the dressing. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place in fridge until serving.
- Pat salmon dry and season with salt and pepper.
- Heat a skillet over medium heat and add 1 tbsp of avocado oil. Allow to heat for another minute.
- Sear salmon for 3-4 minutes per side.
- Top the seared salmon with the citrus avocado salad and serve.