Sesame Seared Salmon Salad

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 day 30 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 1 day
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 1 to 2 servings
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4 ounces soy sauce

1 ounce sesame oil, plus more for frying

4 ounces rice wine vinegar

1 orange, juiced

1 (5-ounce) salmon fillet

Nonstick cooking spray

1 ounce black sesame seeds

1 ounce white sesame seeds

Miso-Soy Vinaigrette:

4 ounces miso paste

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1 cup rice wine vinegar

3 cups olive oil

1 tablespoon soy sauce

Salt and pepper


1/2 ounce olive oil

1/2 ounce sesame oil

1/2 ounce soy sauce

1 zucchini, cut into julienne

1 yellow squash, cut into julienne

1 carrot, cut into julienne


12 ounces baby field greens

1 plum tomato, sliced

2 ounces toasted cashews

1/2 ounce sweet soy sauce


  1. For the salmon: Combine the soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, and fresh orange juice in a shallow dish. Add the salmon and marinate for 24 hours in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Mix the sesame seeds together. Dredge 1 side of the salmon in the sesame seeds and pan sear the seeded side only. In a saute pan over high heat, add a touch of sesame oil and sear the fillet in the middle of the pan until you smell the sesame seeds cooking, about15 seconds. Flip to the other side and cook for 10 seconds. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and cook until desired doneness, 6 to 10 minutes.
  4. For the vinaigrette: In a food processor, blend the miso paste with the sesame oil and rice wine vinegar. Slowly add the olive oil, soy sauce, and salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. For the vegetables: In a skillet over medium-high, saute the zucchini, yellow squash, and carrot in the olive oil, sesame oil, and soy sauce for about 45 seconds.
  6. For the salad: In a large bowl, toss the greens with 2 ounces of the miso-soy vinaigrette and arrange on a plate. Place the stir-fried vegetables on top. Sprinkle with the cashews and tomato slices. Arrange the salmon on top and drizzle with a little sweet soy sauce.
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