Sweet & Spicy Salmon with Citrus Spring Greens

4 servings.

Balanced with a crisp and brightly dressed salad, sweet & spicy salmon showcases the lighter dishes of spring!


  • 4 (6-oz.) salmon fillets

Salad Dressing

  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp minced shallot
  • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 ½ tsp honey
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp orange zest
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Sweet & Spicy Rub

  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp coarse ground pepper


  • 8 cups mixed spring greens (sweet, tender varieties like Boston, Bibb, baby spinach etc.), cleaned, torn into bite size pieces, chilled
  • ½ large seedless (English) cucumber, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped sugar snap peas
  • ½ cup cooked, shelled, chilled edamame
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion
  • Segments from 2 large oranges
  • 1 ripe avocado, chopped (just before serving)
  • ¼ cup pistachios, roasted and coarsely chopped


To prepare orange ingredients: first, zest ½ tsp from orange. Then, carefully cut off the peel and pith. With clean hands, segment the oranges for the salad, capturing the juice in a bowl at the same time. Reserve 2 Tbsp of the juice for the salad dressing.


  • Combine all dressing ingredients in a jar with a fitted lid. Shake well to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate and allow flavors to meld.
  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • In a small bowl, stir together all of the rub ingredients until smooth.
  • Line a baking sheet with foil (rapid release foil works really well).  Space the salmon fillets over the foil. 
  • Evenly distribute the rub over the tops of the fillets. Using fingers, pat rub onto salmon.  
  • Bake 10 – 15 min. depending on thickness and desired doneness.
  • Meanwhile, divide the greens evenly among four plates. Top each with cucumber, sugar snap peas, edamame, red onion, orange segments, and avocado. Lightly drizzle each plate with dressing. 
  • Top each salad with baked salmon fillet and a sprinkling of pistachios.


  1. Looking forward to trying this salmon recipe. Perfect for Spring. Yumm.
    Thank you Amy and Chris.

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