Sunday, August 28, 2011

Orange Glazed Salmon Salad w/ Orange Balsalmic Vinaigrette

OK, let me just start off by saying this has been my favorite salad I've made to date.  Every single bite was followed by a Mmmmmmm!  But we are big salad people in my house so that’s not too different from the normal!  Corey said he liked this other salmon salad better, but I loved the sweet orange glaze that caramelized on the salmon coupled with the orange balsalmic vinaigrette of this one.  Feta cheese, crunchy walnuts, and orange segments finished it out perfectly.  Last weekend on vacation, Corey's mom, sisters, & I shopped at a huge outlet mall in Texas.  The William's Sonoma outlet had a Grill clearance aisle where we found maple wood planks for $1!  The smoky flavor from the wood added another dimension, but it is totally optional! 

1 cedar or maple wood plank 
2 salmon filets
1 Orange
Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinaigrette
Salt & Pepper
2 RomaTomatoes
Lettuce (I used a 50/50 Spring Mix/Spinach)
2 Tablespoons Chopped Walnuts
¼ cup Crumbled Feta Cheese

Soak wood plank in water for 2 hours prior to cooking or overnight (this keeps it from catching on fire on the grill).  Mix equal parts honey & fresh squeezed orange juice for ¼ cup with 1 teaspoon orange zest.  Place salmon filets on wood plank & brush with honey orange glaze.  Grill for about 15 minutes, brushing with glaze halfway, or until flakes easily with a fork.  Assemble salads in bowls with lettuce first.  Whisk together dressing by combining almost ¼ cup olive oil, 3 splashes balsamic vinaigrette, 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice, 1 teaspoon orange zest, 1 teaspoon honey, and salt & pepper to taste.  Taste dressing and add more honey, orange juice, vinegar, or S&P if needed.  Drizzle over lettuce and toss to coat.  Next add diced tomatoes, feta, orange segments, and walnuts around the sides.  Place salmon filet in the middle and serve.

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