Thursday, August 31, 2017

Take-2 Meals: Salmon Caesar Salad

It is so disappointing when leftovers go to waste. Sometimes all they need is a makeover (and maybe a new name) to transform them into another exciting meal!

I'm not sure why leftovers get such a bad reputation, but for some reason I cringe at the thought of reheating last night's dinner in the microwave and eating them again the next night. That's why over the years I have brainstormed different ways to spruce up leftovers into an (almost) totally new meal!

One of my favorite ways to transform leftover protein is into a salad. Besides saving good food from going to waste and thus, saving money, revamping leftovers into a salad is a great way to pack even more vegetables into a dish.

When I have leftover salmon, my go-to recipe is salmon Caesar salad. To make this salad, begin with a large bowl of shredded lettuce. Next, add your salmon. You can also use chicken for this recipe, but when I do I omit the Parmesan cheese for dietary purposes.

Then it's time to add your veggies. I know that a traditional Caesar salad does not have other vegetables besides lettuce, but to make this meal more filling, I tend to bulk it up with more veggies. I typically like to add cucumber, avocado, scallions, sun-dried tomatoes. When I made the recipe this week, I had leftover roasted tomatoes, so I tossed those in as well.

I like to prepare my dressing in my Ninja Express Chop Food Chopper. First, pulse the garlic and anchovies in your chopper and food processor. Then, add the lemon juice, mustard, mayonnaise (while traditional Caesar salad dressing is prepared with raw egg, I use mayonnaise instead since I do not feel comfortable serving raw egg to my toddler), olive oil, salt, and pepper. Puree the ingredients and pour over the salad. Then, simply toss and enjoy!

If you're children seem skeptical about eating salad, I suggest serving this dish "salad bar style". Place each ingredient in a separate bowl or mason jar and let them choose the contents and proportion of ingredients in their salad. Be sure to give them a pre-measured amount of dressing so you can be sure there will be leftovers for you as well.

Take-2 Salmon Caesar Salad


leftover salmon, flaked
1 head of Lettuce, shredded
1 persian cucumber, halved and sliced
1 avocado, cubed1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

2 cloves of garlic
2 anchovy fillets
Juice of half a lemon
1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Combine the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Place the garlic and anchovies in a food processor. Pulse until minced. Add the remaining dressing ingredients and blend until desired consistency is reached. Toss salad in the dressing and enjoy!
Prep time: Cook time:n/aTotal time: 10Yield: 4 Servings 

What's your favorite way to use up leftovers?

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