25 March 2012

Chop-Chop Style Salmon

Salmon Chop Chop with Creamy Curry Dressing


When the marine is away the blogger gets to play!  Well, sorta.  I have a few coping mechanisms that help me feel better about the extreme awfulness otherwise known as a deployment.  Some are normal and some are... well, a little odd.  Wearing his T-shirts and boxers around the house?  Totally normal!  Sniffing his old, perpetually jet fuel-soaked flight suits when I open his closet?  Borderline insane!  I've also amped up the me-time with my spankin' new fitness regimen [spinning, zumba, + boot camp], reading everything in sight [I had to implement a book budget!], decorating the new house, painting, and [of coooourse] blogging.

I've also moved past the single-gal tendency to eat things like pizza or cereal for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and set a goal to make at least one fancy-schmantzy meal for myself each day.  So even though I had my go-to granola + greek for breakfast and a PB+J sandwich for dinner... my rockin' lunch was dressed to impress:

Salmon Chop Chop with Creamy Curry Dressing
Chop-Chop® Style Salmon
[whips up easily for one, two, or more!]
What's in it?
1 wild Alaskan salmon filet, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup of yellow saffron rice
lettuce [romaine, spring mix, etc...]
sliced tomatoes
crumbled feta
oil for searing
garlic powder, onion powder, turmeric, paprika salt and pepper

yummy veggie add-ons 
sliced avocado or guacamole
asparagus spears 
black olives

Creamy Curry Vinaigrette
3 Tbsp fresh or store bought mayo or plain yogurt
1/2 tsp of curry powder, plus more to taste
1/2 tsp of white vinegar
a pinch of mustard powder [optional]
a pinch of garlic and onion powder
S+P to taste
  
Salmon Chop Chop with Creamy Curry Dressing

Get Chopping! 
For the yellow rice, grab a store-bought packet or whip up your own!  Combine 1/2 cup rice [bonus points if you use brown!] with 1 cup of vegetable broth, and a pinch of salt, pepper, turmeric, garlic + onion powder and a few strands of saffron and cook rice as per usual.  

Next move on to the salmon.  Season both sides with garlic powder, onion powder, turmeric, paprika salt and pepper.  Feel free to sneak in a little cayenne pepper into the mix for a kick! [I can't help but add it to everything!]  Pop the salmon on the grill or try out this sear-bake combo:  Preheat your oven or toaster oven to 450F.  Pour a little bit of oil into a pan and wait for it to heat up.  Once hot, add salmon and sear on both sides for approx 2 minutes each.  With a spatula, move the salmon to a foil lined baking sheet and bake for approximately 5-10 minutes depending on thickness.  You should notice a delish golden crust on the outside and a tender flaky inside.


For the sauce, whisk together mayo [or yogurt!], vinegar and spices and serve room temperature.  You can dip your fork in it and then dig in to your chop chop or go ahead and drizzle it all over the place.  Its divine!

In a nutshell -- cook the rice, then the protein, chop veggies, crumble cheese and get your layer on!  I opted for green, then rice, more greens, veggies, salmon, creamy curry sauce, and a light dusting of feta cheese on top.  


Salmon Chop Chop with Creamy Curry Dressing

So... How was it?
This dish is the long lost twin of my original chop-chop-inspired creation and pretty much rocks my world!  I make these rice-bowl-meets-salad hybrids all the time [chicken for P and veggie for moi] but why I waited so long to put a salmon spin on the dish...  I'll never know!  I'm already planning on making it again this week!  So good!  The salmon had the perfect flavor-packed crust to it with a tender flaky middle and was  absolute perfection paired with the crisp veggies, warm, fluffy rice and creamy curry sauce.  No more boring salmon!  Ever! =)


What's your all-time favorite dressing?  I'm still riding my curry obsession!

Then make these... 
Seared Salmon Healthy Fish TacosChicken Kitchen Mexican Chop Chop
often

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45 comments:

  1. Um, YUM! This looks amazing. I'm always looking for new salmon recipes!! Maybe you could whip us up a recipe for tilapia, too??
    Thinking of you Jen! I hope this deployment just flies by!

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  2. Wow, this salad looks amazing.  All of my favorite ingredients have made an appearance!  Have fun playing while the cat is away :)

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  3. Great attitude!  The time will fly by keeping so busy.  Thinking of you, I'm a military pilot's wife too, totally get it.    

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  4. What a great salad dinner entree! I've been Weight Watcher dieting and this is right up my alley. Great nutrition and it doesn't feel like 'slim' food!

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  5. This is exactly how I act when my husband is away.  Totally love cereal but it really isn't healthy as the one and only food group.  One meal a day is a great goal.  Love the salad pile on photo montage.  :)

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  6. Great post and recipe! I love making salads like this either when I am eating alone, or to share with my husband!

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  7. That is one GORGEOUS salad and I love the curry dressing!!!  Can't wait to make this.  The Mister and the girl will LOVE it, too!

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  8. such a delicious and beautiful looking salad!  i love all the colors and the salmon in there sounds so good! :)

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  9. All-time favorite dressing ... hmm, that's tough.  I'm loving a Caesar dressing I just found (Brianne's is the brand), but I usually love just a good homemade vinaigrette. :)

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  10. all time favorite dressing? oh man, i gotta be about 5 years old... but ranch all the way. :) i do love vinaigrettes too, so this dressing looks fantastic!

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  11. This looks like a great salad, I love the way you put some rice in there too! 

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  12. When my hubby was in the military I was fortunate that he only deployed once and for only 3 months but I totally understand how you are feeling! Hang in there!  I ate a lot of ice cream and popcorn for dinner, this looks and sounds way better!

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  13. Looks delish!  Also, if you're looking for new books without spending a fortune, try paperbackswap.com.  It's a great way to get rid of old books and get some new ones-- I've become mildly addicted.  =)

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  14. Sounds like a great salad!
    How long is deployment? I go craaazy when my wife is away... she used to work as a camp counselor over the summers and I was a picture of misery.

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  15. Blonde GlambitionMonday, March 26, 2012

    This meal looks delicious, well minus the salmon, but I could always try a substitution. I'm going to add this to my deployment meal idea list :)

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  16. The chop chop looks fantastic, but I am completely sad that P has been deployed.  Is it for a year or is he blessed with something shorter?

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  17. Extreme;y delicious and tasty. Again a quick recipe, this is the best part of it.

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  18.  This looks so amazing!  I've got a freezer full of salmon that I've been looking for different ways to cook and this is just what I need...thanks!!

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  19. Awesome salad, looks really delicious!

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  20. Can't wait to try the vinaigrette...also your step by step collage is super!

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  21. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.Monday, March 26, 2012

    I think it's a great idea to treat yourself to a good meal every day! And this looks delish and I love the dressing!

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  22. Thanks Abby! Have you been through one yet? This is our first!

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  23. Thank goodness I snack on fruit and veggies all day long as a habit -- my eating should be back on track in no time =) Thanks Emily!

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  24. Thanks Susan!!! Hope you love it as much as I do! Def a happier way to eat healthy =)

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  25. Thanks Courtney!!! I'll try to get ahold of some good tilapia to recipe test with -- its been hard to find decent quality lately for some reason. The salmon is so money though -- def try that while I'm on the hunt for good white fishies =) lol

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  26. I'm a sucker for a good ranch =) Hands down!

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  27. I love the sound of the yoghurt dressing on this.    Because of the combination of rice, protein and vegetables it make the perfect balanced meal.

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  28. Oh my gosh, Jenn, this salad looks AMAZING!! It's so going to be dinner tonight! I think I have everything I need. Thanks for the inspiration...I want to eat it right now! xoxo

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  29. I  like your rule of one fancy schmantzy meal a day.  In fact, I've started to try and implement that myself.  Today I'm driving home for lunch to make a fancy little lunch and I might just have to make the curry vinaigrette to dump over whatever it is I end up making.  It looks so good!

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  30. 6mo-1year... its been rough =/ I miss him every second!

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  31. oooh fabulous! Thanks darling! Checking it out stat!

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  32. I wish 3 months was the max time they could take them.. that's hard enough as it is -- but unfortunately they're mostly longer and more frequent as well... bah. I cant wait for time to slip away so I can see him again!!!! popcorn doesnt sound like a bad idea ;)

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  33. lol Annie make this one: http://www.peasandcrayons.com/2012/01/restaurant-recreations-chicken-kitchen.html

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  34. Omg Hannah you will love it! Def beats plain salmon with veggies on the side!

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  35. The curry vinaigrette sounds de-lish.

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  36. Its my favorite sauce right now =) Go glitz up that lunch girl!!!! <3 xoxo

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  37. yay!!!!!! let me know what you think of it!!!! so excited you're going to make it! =)

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  38. Thanks Corina!!!! It makes it really satisfying too -- kind of obsessed =) Hope you make it sometime!

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  39. I like the way you did the assemble the salad pictures!  Recipe looks really good!  Will be trying it for sure

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  40. What a great vinaigrette recipe! I'm going to have to bookmark this to try with other spices for my salads as well -- I really like the idea of using yogurt instead of anything oil-based. 

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  41. I made this and I LOVED IT!  I altered it a little but not too much :)
    http://happinessis18differentcolors.wordpress.com/2012/06/25/salmon-salad-with-creamy-curry-vinaigrette/

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