My Favorite Summer Salad

June 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a fresh salad.  The lettuce at your local farmers’ market is crisp and fresh while the fruit, that usually goes on top of my summer salads, is juicy and sweet.  I want to share a recipe for one of my favorite summer salads.  It’s quick, easy, refreshing, and light.  I never get tired of this salad and it’s one of my quick and easy “go to” summer lunches.


  • 1/4 cup Trader Joe’s Gorgonzola crumbles
  • Trader Joe’s Cranberry, Walnut, Gorgonzola dressing
  • Green leaf or Romane lettuce
  • 1/2 of an apple (I prefer Fuji or Honeycrisp apples)
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup coarse chopped pecans
  • Salmon fillets (or another type of fish, cut into a tick steak or fillet)
  • An orange
  • 1 tbsp. orange marmalade
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil


  1. In the morning, mix 1 tbsp. of orange marmalade with the juice from 1/2 an orange.  Season your salmon with the citrus mix, salt, and pepper.
  2. When you are ready for lunch or dinner, preheat your oven to broil.  Don’t worry about the heat the oven will make, it won’t be on long enough to heat up your kitchen.  If you don’t want to use your oven, you could grill the salmon outside or use a cedar plank in your barbecue to cook the salmon.

3.  While your oven or grill is preheating, lightly coat your salmon with a thin layer of olive oil and top with thin orange halves (cut enough orange halves to cover the top of the fish).  Add some of the marinade to the top of the fish before it goes into the oven or on to the grill.

4.  Put the salmon in the oven for 5 minutes.  While the salmon is cooking, cut and rinse your lettuce.  Place the lettuce into a large salad bowl.

5.  After five minutes in the oven, turn the salmon over and cook it for an additional 6 minutes.  While the salmon is finishing up in the oven, cut your 1/2 of an apple into bite size slices.  Add the apples, pecans, Gorgonzola crumbles, and cranberries to the salad.  Add dressing and toss.  Add more dressing to taste (Start with a little dressing in the salad.  Remember it’s better to have too little than to have too much).

6.  Once the salmon has cooked through, take it out of the oven (this should only take the 6 minutes of cooking time in step 5.  If you have a very thick fish steak or fillet, it will take longer than 6 minutes.  Check on it every 2 minutes or so, until it is cooked completely).  Plate your salmon next to, or on top of, the salad.


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