Small touches like the charred lemon vinaigrette and tart pomegranate arils elevate this speedy salad into a showstopping main dish. Preheat your sheet pan to get a jump-start on cooking the squash and onions.

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Credit: Jennifer Causey

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20 mins
20 mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 2 1/2 cups salad and 6 oz. salmon)


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  • Place a baking sheet on rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler to high. Once hot, carefully remove baking sheet from oven; place squash, onion, and lemon (cut side down) on baking sheet. Broil until charred, 7 to 8 minutes. Let cool; squeeze juice from lemon halves into a small bowl.

  • Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, maple syrup, mustard, orange zest, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl; set aside.

  • Heat canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Sprinkle salmon flesh with remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper and remaining 5/8 teaspoon salt. Cook salmon, skin side down, until skin is crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip fillets; cook 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Place kale, spinach, pomegranate arils, squash, and onion in a large bowl. Add vinaigrette; toss to coat. Divide salad and salmon among 4 bowls; spoon 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice over each fillet.

Nutrition Facts

507 calories; fat 28g; saturated fat 4g; protein 38g; carbohydrates 26g; fiber 5g; sugars 7g; added sugar 2g; sodium 606mg.