Black & Bleu Salmon Salad

  • By KJ

Black & Bleu Salmon Salad is a simple yet delicious salad recipe!

A bed of fresh lettuce mix is topped with juicy blackberries, salty and creamy bleu cheese crumbles, candied nuts, and perfectly grilled salmon. Toss it all up with a homemade balsamic dressing and dig in!

Black & Bleu Salmon Salad in a serving bowl.

Black & Bleu Salmon Salad is a simple yet delicious salad recipe!

A bed of fresh lettuce mix is topped with juicy blackberries, salty and creamy bleu cheese crumbles, candied nuts, and perfectly grilled salmon. Toss it all up with a homemade balsamic dressing and dig in!

Black & Bleu Salmon Salad in a serving bowl.

Why KJ Loves

Black & Bleu Salmon Salad

Black & Bleu Salmon Salad

I love how fresh and vibrant this salad is, without a lot of hassle! The combination of the salmon, blackberries and bleu cheese with the balsamic dressing is my favorite!

Salad mix in a serving bowl topped with candied pecans, blue cheese and blackberries.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Fresh & Healthy

This black & bleu salad is a vibrant mix of healthy ingredients, like fresh salmon, juicy blackberries, and low-sugar, unprocessed balsamic dressing. Proof that you can have a meal that tastes good and makes you feel good. 

Balanced & Flavorful

All of these ingredients work together to serve up the perfect, balanced bite of salad. No more “bleh” salads where there are not enough toppings (or where the toppings are not quite right together). Each ingredient adds just the right touch to this black and bleu salad. 

(Really) Easy

Simply cook up the salmon, whisk up some salad dressing, and assemble! If you’ve never made a homemade dressing before, do not fear! It is simple, and you will ask yourself why you’ve never done it before.

Balsamic dressing being poured over the salad.

Making Black and Bleu Salmon Salad

So, I have a confession to make.

I don’t love making salads at home. 

But when I do, it’s usually something similar to this black & bleu salmon salad! I love how versatile it can be. Change up the protein. Make it a side salad. Use bottled salad dressing. 

Versatile salad recipes like this one are great to have on hand so you can customize them to any situation.

To make this salad, simply:

01) Grill your salmon filets on each side.

02) Toss the spring mix with blackberries, nuts, and bleu cheese crumbles.

03) Whisk together the salad dressing ingredients and pour on top of the salad. 

04) Top the black and bleu salad with grilled salmon and enjoy!

The salad being tossed together.

Serving Black & Bleu Salmon Salad

Serve with a side of crusty bread to round out your meal.

How To Make Homemade Candied Nuts

Want to make your own candied nuts at home?

Easy peasy!

Simply coat the pecans in a some melted butter, toss with brown sugar and bake at 350 until just toasted and caramelized. Make sure to keep an eye on them so they don’t burn!

Blue cheese being sprinkled over the salad.

Black and Bleu Salad Variations

Change up the protein.

Top your salad with chicken or steak — grilled, baked, or pan-fried!

Use bottled salad dressing.

Don’t wanna mix up your own? No judgment if you grab a bottle from the store.

Make it a side salad.

Leave out the protein, and you’ve got a delicious, fresh side salad.

Change up toppings.

Try feta instead of bleu cheese. Or add some diced cucumbers or avocados. 

A close-up photo of the Black & Bleu Salmon Salad.

Meal Prep Black and Blue Salad

This salad makes the perfect meal prep option! 

Prepping this salad recipe for the week is simple. Just leave the dressing on the side until you are ready to eat.

The salad portioned into meal prep containers.

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Black & Bleu Salmon Salad in a serving bowl.

Black & Bleu Salmon Salad


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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x

Description

Black & Bleu Salmon Salad is a simple, yet delicious salad recipe! A bed of fresh lettuce mix is topped with juicy blackberries, salty, creamy bleu cheese crumbles, candied nuts and perfectly grilled salmon. Toss it all up with a homemade balsamic dressing and dig in!


Ingredients

Scale

For the salad:

  • 8 oz spring lettuce mix
  • 12 oz blackberries
  • 1/3 cup blue cheese
  • 1/3 cup candied walnuts, almonds or pecans
  • (2) 6 oz salmon filets
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

For the balsamic dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 small shallot, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

For the salad:

  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Gently rub the olive oil onto both sides of the salmon filets. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Place the salmon filets directly onto the grill and grill for 5-8 minutes on each side, or until desired doneness is achieved.
  2. In a large bowl, gently toss together the spring mix, black berries and bleu cheese to combine.

For the balsamic dressing:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the Dijon mustard, shallot, honey, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and salt until smooth and combined.
  2. Pour the dressing over the top of the prepared salad. Gently toss to evenly combine. Top the dressed salad with the grilled salmon filets and serve. Enjoy!

Notes

  • If you are serving the salad without the salmon or other protein, simply skip that step. You could also serve the salad with roasted salmon or chicken instead of grilled!
  • If you are wanting to prepare this salad in advance or have as a meal prep option, assemble the salad and the dressing separately. Combine to toss prior to serving.
  • Nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grilling

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 475
  • Sugar: 14.4g
  • Fat: 34.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 26.7g
  • Fiber: 9.5g
  • Protein: 17.9g
  • Cholesterol: 37mg
Black & Bleu Salmon Salad.

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