And then I received a package in the mail.
My friend Bea of The Not So Cheesy Kitchen is a proud PDXer (Portlander?). Anytime I bring up salmon (which is surprisingly quite often) she reiterates her stance on Pacific Northwest Salmon being the best salmon. Especially when I tell her that I just ate Atlantic Salmon. That's what I usually seem to find in "my" Northwest (that would be Northwest Indiana).
One day, her and the fam headed to the beach...or was it the mountains...maybe it was both...and she mentioned two magical words: salmon and jerky. Together. As in, Salmon Jerky! And since she knows me (and can pick up on the needy desperation in my voice), she bought some extra and shipped it to me. It was ridiculous. Basically like hot-smoked salmon (one of my favorite things in the world), but less meaty and more chewy.
I would have eaten it from the can with a fork if I didn't already have plans for it. I was so happy that the salad made the salmon the star of the show. If I could buy this canned salmon on my local shelves, they'd have a problem keeping it in stock.
Salmon and Cucumber "Noodle" Salad
Cucumber and smoked salmon come together to form the perfect salad-as-a-meal for a busy day.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: n/a
Keywords: entree salad paleo dairy-free gluten-free nut-free soy-free cucumber mint salmon
Ingredients (serves 1)
- 1 English cucumber
- 1 (6-8 ounce) can hot smoked salmon
- fresh mint, julienned
- couple big pinches crushed red chile flakes
- 1 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- freshly ground black pepper
Use a julienne peeler, a spiralizer, or a zester like the one pictured to cut the cucumber into long thin noodles.
Place the noodles into a bowl and toss with the mint, red chile flakes, lemon juice, and pepper.
Drain any water from the salmon, then flake or chunk it and gently toss it with the cucumber noodle mixture.
note: You could substitute canned cooked salmon or just cook a salmon fillet and use it in place of the canned smoked salmon.
-adapted from Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts On The Go