Salmon, Avocado and Arugula Salad with Lemon-Parsley Dressing

April 7, 2014

Salmon, Avocado and Arugula Salad with Lemon-Parsley Dressing

How do you feel about doggy bags? Yes or No?
Personally I disdain wasting food - especially when the food is good - and leftovers can be a wonderful treat to have the next day.
But how many times those styrofoam clamshells or cardboard boxes just spend a couple of days in the fridge before being tossed into the dumpster?
I often just forget about them.
Other times, no matter how appealing the food looked when it was served at the table, it looks so inevitably soggy and unappetizing the next day.
That’s why I’m always on the fence about asking for doggie bags.
As I do not own a canine friend, bringing scrap bones and other food to my pet doesn’t really work for me.

Lemon-Parsley Dressing

And there are certain times when it is NOT OK to ask for a container for your leftovers.
Whether you’re on a date or on a business lunch/dinner, doggy bags can make you look bad.
It may send the wrong message; like you’re cheap, or that you don’t cook or that you concentrate too much on your food.
Doggy bags may also leak, spread unsexy aromas and present practical’s hard to lean in for a good-night kiss if you’re clutching a carton of smelly chow mein.
 Salmon, Avocado and Arugula Salad with Lemon-Parsley Dressing

There are foods, however, that are just meant to be taken home.
I’m thinking about grilled meat or fish, or roasted veggies.
It saves money and it’s such fun turning one thing into another.
Take this salad for instance; I used some gorgeous salmon I took home last night from fantastic dinner. And in like 5 minutes I was enjoying the best salad ever.

Salmon, Avocado and Arugula Salad with Lemon-Parsley Dressing

When it comes to salads; I LIKE SIMPLE SALADS. Whatever the reason. So I just kept this salmon and avocado salad really basic.
and Lemon-Parsley dressing
Right? Like that’s totally doable.
And super-healthy too. Good fats, loads of protein, greens as far as your eyes can see.
Are you on board?

Salmon, Avocado and Arugula Salad with Lemon-Parsley DressingSalmon, Avocado and Arugula Salad with Lemon-Parsley Dressing                Print this recipe!

Serves 4

For the salad:

1 lbs / 453 gr salmon fillets or steaks, poached, grilled or broiled, cooled
4 cups arugula
1 ripe avocado, peeled and cubed
1 scallions, chopped
2 tablespoons capers (optional)
fresh chopped parsley for topping

For the dressing:

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped, parsley
Sea salt and ground black pepper
Lemon wedges for garnish


Break cooked salmon into chunks.
Cut the avocados in half; cut lines through the avocado vertically and horizontally and scoop the flesh out with a spoon.
Chop the spinach or baby kale into small bite sized pieces and finely chop the scallion.
Arrange all ingredients in a bowl. If you have the time, refrigerate at least 30 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
Combine all the dressing ingredients together. Taste and adjust to your preferences.
Pour the dressing over the salad and serve immediately (or store in the refrigerator until ready to serve).
Top with fresh parsley.

Nutrition facts

One serving yields 284 calories, 20 grams of fat, 3 grams of carbs and 23 grams of protein.


  1. Looks delicious! And, will agree...taking home leftovers is not always the best idea!

  2. I had such a hard time with the whole concept of doggy bags when I lived in the US. I'm from Sweden and asking for a doggy bag here would be totally unaccetable. You just don't do that. And if you would, most restaurants wouldn't have anyting you could bring the left overs home in.
    But then again, the portions here are way smaller than your megasized restaurant meals. I was seriously shocked at the amount of food you got at a restaurant in the US, but then again you're not expected to finish it. In Sweden and the rest of Europe you're expected to finish it and if you don't they will assume it is because you didn't like it. So I guess that's just a cultural difference between our countries. The salad looked yum though. =)

    1. I hear you Sarah, that's absolutely a cultural difference and I think we, in the US, should be more like Europe when it comes to portion size/control. It's more savvy and healthy!

  3. "Doggy bags may also leak, spread unsexy aromas and present practical’s hard to lean in for a good-night kiss if you’re clutching a carton of smelly chow mein" HAHAHAHA! Love it! Absolutely love it!

    I don't know how you come up with such funny lines man, but they're brilliant.

    As for that salad? OMG! I'd DEFINITELY ask for a doggie bag if I didn't finish it all. Date or no date. Kiss or no kiss! :)

  4. What a great combination of flavors, salmon goes perfectly with avocado and arugula that's for sure. Love this! Now about that doggie bag issue, it just all depends.......

    1. It all depends indeed Cheri, I couldn't agree more!

  5. I'm definitely on board with this fantastic looking spring salad.
    Everything here tastes good and is good for you- couldn't wish for more.

  6. This looks soooo good Mike! Thanks for sharing!

  7. I need a reality check - I had no clue being cheap (or "frugal") sent the wrong message these days!
    While I might be out of the loop in regard to dating etiquette, I am so in the loop for what constitutes good food - and this salad, my friend, is definitely good, good eats!

    1. But you're always on the loop my friend, don't you dare saying differently! ;)

  8. This salad looks amazing, Mike! I love that you turned leftovers into this delicious, healthy meal. I feel like my wife and I are always doing that around here. We end up with leftover portions of meals that I make for Spiced, and then we reinvent them into new meals for our dinners. Fun stuff. Totally pinning this salad for later, too!

  9. yum. how many servings does this equal to-2 or 4?

  10. Doggy bags aren't big here (actually I don't think it's acceptable to ask for one but I don't really know??), so I don't have that problem. Though bringing that gorgeous salmon back home was a great idea, because this salad looks delish. I love how healthy it is, and the dressing sounds wonderful! x

  11. I am torn on the whole doggy bag thing too - I usually get one if Im out for Indian as the servings are huge and I can never finish my meal! But Im with you - some times its just not suitable and often the food is never as good (or wont keep) until the next day. Next time I have leftover salad though Im definitely making this salad - I love how simple it is yet packed full of healthy ingredients and Im guessing it tastes amazing too :)

    1. It's so true Dearna, Indian restaurants' servings are huge...I guess it's a sign of their generosity! ;)

  12. Love your doggy bag dilemma - I love having good leftovers, but more often than not I find a carton of some weird looking science experiment in the back of my fridge a couple of weeks later... This salad is the perfect use for proper leftovers! We often have leftover salmon when I grill a fillet, and now I have the perfect simple recipe for it, (simple really is the best)!

  13. Yea I'm 50/50 on doggy bags. Asheley hates wasting food, so she'll wrap just about anything up and eat it the next day. She's my human garbage disposal for all the things hanging out in the refrigerator, hahaha.

  14. This looks delicious! Except... I really don't like raw onions/ scallions. :-/ Could you offer a substation suggestion?

    1. Oops, that should have said 'substitution'!

    2. Just leave them out, no biggies!

  15. I made this last night for dinner and I loved it, especially the dressing.
    Thank you for posting.

  16. I love this salad. I probably eat it 2-3x per week for lunch. Healthy, delicious and easy to prepare. Thank you.