Asian Ginger Miso Salmon Salad
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Asian Ginger Miso Salmon Salad


One of my new year’s resolutions is to eat more fish (yes, I have very crazy, highly aspirational resolutions…. other examples include to learn to make pain au chocolat, to make more cocktails, and to make more cheese plates). I’ve been buying salmon practically every week for the past couple months because it’s one of the healthiest fishes… Can I get an omega-3 up in here?! Did you know omega-3s can actually help make you happier?? Which lord knows we could all use in these depths of winter. They can also make you smarter. Which maybe you don’t need, but I certainly do. The tryptophan in salmon can also help you sleep. Which I don’t need. Unless of course that tryptophan is going to finish all my work for me, clean my house, to go the grocery store, and cook a week’s worth of dinner and lunches for me. Then I will get a glorious amount of sleep and all will be well with the world. Thank you, tryptophan.

I made this salad because it was cold and rainy one night when I went out to eat and while the Asian salmon salad on the menu sounded so appealing, the hearty and comforting turkey pot pie won. Plus, I knew I could make my own salmon salad at home that would be packed with all the ingredients I love. And kale. Because if we’re trying to be healthy here, let’s quit it with the romaine and start eating something with way more nutrition and a ton more flavor. Word.

Since I’ve been buying salmon so much, I’ve been trying new recipes and cooking methods pretty much every week. This week I decided to make a little miso marinade and broil it before slicing it and putting it on all of those lovely vegetables. I always hear that people are afraid of cooking fish, but guys, it’s the easiest thing ever! Really, you don’t even have to do anything to it to make it delicious. A few simple ingredients can lay on the flavor beautifully.


For this one, all I did was whisk together extra virgin olive oil, grated ginger, miso paste, honey, soy sauce, and rice vinegar. Then I brushed a whole lot of it onto the salmon filets and let the salmon sit in the fridge for an hour or so.


And then broiled the salmon for 12 minutes.


In a big bowl, I mixed together some of my very favorite ingredients: kale, shredded red cabbage, red pepper, shredded carrots, avocado, edamame, Thai chili pepper, and mandarin oranges.


I also whipped up a simple dressing with minced garlic, freshly squeezed lime juice, rice vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, honey, and minced ginger.


I tossed the salad with the dressing and then topped it with chow mein noodles.

I sliced the salmon and placed it on top of the salad. And sprinkled sliced scallions and sesame seeds over the top.  After garnishing with lime, I dug in.


New favorite way to enjoy salmon? I’m pretty sure this is it. I instantly felt 9402 times healthier after eating this salad. And smarter. And definitely way happier.


All of these ingredients and colors are just the best. When else do you eat those little fried chow mein noodles but in an Asian salad??


OK, maybe those didn’t make me feel healthier, but they sure were delicious. I’m sure they at least partly contributed to the happiness factor. Sorry, omega-3s.


And those mandarin oranges. Those are some of the most underrated things ever, are they not? I think the only acceptable time for adults to eat mandarin oranges is in Asian salads.

The salmon was one of the most flavorful, tender salmons I’ve had yet. It was room temperature on the salad, which I was a little skeptical about, but ended up being absolutely awesome.


My miso was actually ginger miso, which means this salmon was extra packed with ginger, which is basically my dream come true. I’m the person who eats ginger by the chopstick full when having sushi. The more, the better!!


In case you couldn’t tell, I enjoy making new year’s resolutions that are fairly easy to keep. We’re only on week two here and I’ve done an awesome job with the whole fish thing. Of course, learning to make pain au chocolat has been on my resolution list for the past three years and I’ve had yet to accomplish it (is it even worth it?? should I just keep buying my own chocolate croissants or will it give me a huge sense of accomplishment and pride to make my own??).

The whole going to sleep by 11:00 p.m. each night resolution is not working at all. Clearly the salmon is not helping with that whole sleep thing. Nor does it make me feel happier in the morning when my alarm goes off. Meh, I guess I’ll keep eating it anyway.

How often do you eat fish?

Asian Ginger Miso Salmon Salad
Course: Entree
Servings: 4
Author: We are not Martha
Asian Ginger Miso Salmon Salad
  • 3 C kale ribs removed and chopped roughly
  • 1 C shredded red cabbage
  • 1 red pepper sliced
  • 1/4 C shredded carrots
  • 1 avocado peeled, pit removed, and chopped
  • 1/2 C edamame shelled
  • 1 Thai chili pepper chopped
  • 1/2 C sliced mandarin oranges
  • Miso dressing see recipe below
  • 1/2 C chow mein noodles
  • Ginger Miso salmon see recipe below
  • 1/2 lime sliced
Lime Ginger Dressing
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 T freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 t rice vinegar
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 t honey
  • 1 t minced ginger
Miso Salmon
  • 1 lb. salmon skin off
  • 1/2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 T grated fresh ginger
  • 2 T miso paste
  • 1 T honey
  • 1/2 T soy sauce
  • 1 t rice vinegar
  • 4 scallions thinly sliced
  • 1 t sesame seeds
Asian Ginger Miso Salmon Salad
  1. In a large bowl, mix together kale, red cabbage, red pepper, shredded carrots, avocado, edamame, Thai chili, and mandarin oranges. Toss with Miso dressing.
  2. Serve salad in individual bowls and top with chow mein noodles, sliced miso salmon, and lime wedges.
Lime Ginger Dressing
  1. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together all ingredients.
Ginger Miso Salmon
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together extra virgin olive oil, grated ginger, miso paste, honey, soy sauce, and rice vinegar. Place the salmon in a baking dish and brush with the miso mixture.
  2. Cover baking dish with plastic and place in refrigerator for about an hour.
  3. Heat oven to broil.
  4. Broil the salmon for about 6 minutes, flip over and broil for another 6 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and sprinkle with sliced scallions and sesame seeds.


18 Responses to "Asian Ginger Miso Salmon Salad"

  1. I definitely want to eat more fish this year, too! This salad looks like the perfect way to get jump started on that. I love the ginger and miso flavors! Sounds delicious!

  2. This salad has all my favorite things rolled into one! I have no idea why I don’t think to buy salmon more often. Thank you for inspiring me!

  3. Pam says:

    I want this for dinner! YUM.

  4. I love the idea of this salad! We eat salmon a least once a week and I always prepare it the same exact way every time. I definitely need to try something unique like this salad!

  5. This looks so delicious. I am loving how salmon has a crispy surface and yes even I can use being more happy and smart! So yes for more salmon!

  6. Odetta says:

    I like dinners like this because they are tasty and you can feel good about them!!! Nice colors!

  7. nice! I also intend to eat more fish. I love salmon and need to remember it isn’t only for the grill!

  8. This looks fantastic. We eat fish at least twice a week. I look forward to your cocktail experiments 🙂

  9. We all love salmon is my family and combined with salad makes the perfect meal!

  10. This is my idea of a perfect salad! it looks so fresh and takes away the Winter blues too!

  11. Salmon is my favorite fish! I try to eat fish regularly but it doesn’t always happen so I should copy your new year’s resolution!

  12. Gingi says:

    omgee, this looks like HEAVEN!!! *drool* Beautiful photos btw!

    Anyhoo, I found your blog through a fellow blogger, and just thought I would stop by and say hi! It would totally make my day if you did the same… or better yet, keep in touch!! <3 –

  13. LisaR. says:

    Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  14. This looks absolutely great! And one of my husbands’ new years resolutions is to eat more fish too, so i’ll definitely be making this1

  15. i eat salad every tuesday night for dinner. Its just this thing my husband and I did before we had kids. Tuesdays were salad night so I can’t wait to make this for next tuesday

  16. Gosh, all I can say is YUM this salmon just looks too good to be true, definitely a good one for getting that winter salad fix.

  17. I cook salmon most nights for dinner.. so this asian salmon salad is just perfect for me. Love how healthy it is!

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