There are lots of sustainable salmon options available now, from wild Alaskan to farmed U.S. species. Keep this easy recipe in mind for times when you have leftover cabbage in the fridge.
4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets
5/8 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
4 teaspoons canola oil
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
1 tablespoon lower-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon light brown sugar
2 cups shredded red cabbage
2 cups shredded green cabbage
1 cup shredded carrot
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 green onions, thinly sliced
2 1/2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted
1 1/2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
How to Make It
Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle salmon with 3/8 teaspoon salt and pepper. Add salmon to pan, skin side down; cook 5 minutes. Turn salmon over; cook 2 minutes or until done.
While salmon cooks, combine vinegar and next 4 ingredients (through brown sugar) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add cabbages, carrot, cilantro, onions, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt to bowl; toss to coat. Divide salad evenly among 4 serving plates; top each with 1 salmon fillet. Sprinkle evenly with almonds and sesame seeds.
Didn't make this with the salmon because I was having some Cooking Light Italian Meatball sliders and needed a salad. Strangely, I had all the ingredients for this salad so I gave it a go. It was great and super easy. Probably not best, but this would be fast and easy with a nice piece of salmon. The dressing was delicious. Will make again with a beautiful piece of wild salmon.
This was a good dish. The flavors melded nicely. I put a little less than half the cilantro in the salad because I am sensitive to that flavor. I am glad I did because it would have overpowered the whole dish.
I made a few minor modifications to this recipe. I skipped the cilantro and used a prepackaged bag of coleslaw mix instead of shredding the cabbage and carrot. The sweet and sour slaw was very good and this is a quick and different dinner for a weeknight.