Hot summer nights call for simplicity.
When it’s 100% humidity, I’m at my laziest. I’m also craving nothing but fresh, refreshing, non-cooked foods. So meals like this smoked salmon salad with cucumber, avocado, and mango are my best friend.
It’s the perfect combination of simple ingredients and bold flavor and it comes together in about 5 minutes flat.
That’s summertime success.
I’m a big fan of salmon, as most people I know are, but it wasn’t until I really started researching where our food comes from that I found out that most of the salmon we eat is farm-raised–it actually accounts for 70% of the salmon sold worldwide. Unless the salmon is labeled as “Wild-Caught,” “Alaskan,” or “Sockeye,” it has been farm-raised.
The problem with that is that farm-raised salmon are fed an unnatural diet of corn, soy, and chicken byproduct which means they will have far less of those Omega 3’s you’re always hearing about. Also, since they’re crowded so tightly and don’t have any room for exercise and other fish activities, they are dumped with antibiotics to keep them alive long enough to harvest. 😷
There’s also some other unappetizing realities, like the fact that food manufacturers dye unhealthy farm-raised salmon to look more like the fish that have lived in the wild.
Wild-caught salmon is more expensive, I know, but it’s well worth the extra cost. It’s worth it for your health and the health of the environment. This article from Dr. Mercola goes into some more detail in case you’re interested.
So this beautiful wild-caught salmon pairs perfectly with cool, crisp cucumber ribbons (I spiralized mine with this kitchen tool, but you can easily just slice them thinly with a knife or vegetable peeler.)
The avocado adds creaminess, the mango gives it a little punch of sweetness, and a few fresh herbs (I used dill and basil from my garden) freshen it all up. I think red onion would be a delicious addition, but I forgot about adding it until pictures had already been snapped. 🙂
Sprinkle with a few chili flakes, sea salt, and a squeeze of lemon and you have a perfectly simple and delicious salad that’s healthy and generously accepting of summertime laziness.
- 4 ounces wild-caught smoked salmon
- 1 mango, sliced
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 1 cucumber, spiralized or thinly sliced
- 1/4 red onion, sliced (optional)
- Fresh herbs- I used basil and dill
- Fresh lemon juice
- salt, chili flakes
- Arrange cucumber, avocado, mango, optional red onion, and salmon on a serving dish.
- Garnish with fresh herbs, sprinkle with salt and chili flakes, and finish with a squeeze of lemon.
Don't let me do all the talking! Let me know what you think in the comments.