BBQ Salmon Kale Salad is a healthy and updated version of the classic BBQ salad! Filled with bold flavors, crunchy kale, crispy vegetables and all toss in a Honey Chipotle Vinaigrette! One easy to prepare salad you will fall in love with!
This salad is real life.
Those colors! Almost too purdy to eat. I said almost…
Dinner time has proven to be rather hectic with a little one that is calling the shots. That time of the day has proven to be way more difficult than I had anticipated. Despite my husband being home from work, it appears to be Aiden’s ‘witching hour’ and our hands are rather full. Have you heard of these glorious hours in the early evening? Well, apparently all my parent friends failed to mention this not to amazing time.
It is where babies are overstimulated – overly tired, overly hungry, over everything. And they turn into a nightmare. Enough to make me forget all about our delicious dinner plans and pick up our favorite spicy chicken wraps from this little spot down the street. Or make cereal. Both are staples on our menu lately…
With parenting comes rollercoasters. And every evening is a new ride. Some nights are more like ‘It’s a Small World’…calm, relaxed and not too exciting. Other nights are like the newest, biggest roller coaster that was just built and everyone’s taking bets on who’s dumb enough to go on it. Scary. Exhausting. And questioning if you really want to go on it again. But nonetheless, after a few moments, you realize it wasn’t that bad.
But, isn’t each new road supposed to bring ups and downs? What fun would parenting be if you didn’t learn something new? We have learned that dinner can be a ‘fly by the seat of your parents’ sorta deal. Some nights it’s every man for themselves, others I am able to whip up a delicious meal that we both aren’t sure how it really happened.
Sorta like this salad! Despite the longer than usual ingredient list, I promise it is mostly spices and quite a few pantry staples. Fresh salmon filets are encrusted in a spicy seasoning then pan seared for a few moments. It takes moments to make but the flavor is out of this world! It would be so tasty on chicken too if seafood isn’t your thing.
Kale isn’t new in the food world but it is new for me to finally eat it raw. Oh man. Game changer. It is dressed up with fiesta corn (oh so good!), black beans, red onion, onions, cilantro, drizzled with BBQ sauce and all tossed in a spoon licking good dressing…honey chipotle! I am telling you, you will want to double the dressing because you will want to put it on every.thing.
This salad is perfect to prep ahead. Just toss the dressing with the kale and remaining ingredients. The kale magically softens as it sits so no bitter kale here! Then cook the salmon right before serving and wham, bam, dinner is done!
Talk about a life saver of a dinner!
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