Asian Glazed Salmon Salad with Maple Ginger Dressing

Asian Glazed Salmon Salad - a beautiful, healthy salad. The dressing is transformed into a delicious Asian glaze for the salmon!

A healthy, delicious, beautiful salad – and the dressing doubles as part of the salmon glaze!

Greetings from London!

Scott and I are spending time with family in London. We arrived last Friday and time seems to be set on fast forward. It’s hard to believe that we’ve been here almost a week!

Cait (our daughter) and I start each day with a brisk, but peaceful, early morning walk along the River Thames, just minutes from their home. After that, the insanity begins! It’s a scurry to get showered and dressed, just in time to do the morning school “run” with our four grandchildren, aged 4-10, either by foot, bike or on the quintessential scooters. That’s how it’s done here in London, no carpools, school buses, etc. for the most part. And if you were a fly on the wall, watching us try to get everyone out the door in morning, you’d be certain that you’d landed precisely in the center of a 3-ring circus!

We love the walks to and from school each day though. It’s non-stop chatter, but we get to hold hands, tell stories and listen to what’s on their minds and in their hearts.

After everyone is safely delivered, things get a bit more relaxing. Scott and I will often stop at one of the charming local coffee shops along the way and get some TCSF work done while sipping cappuccinos. That just seems so appropriate here in London. Okay, to be honest, it might be the wonderful croissants and pastries that pull us in. It’s funny, before our daughter, Cait, moved to the UK seven years ago, I would never have thought of England as having fine pastry. But they really do, some shops even rivaling France!

If you live in London (or another large city) you can just skip the pictures below, as these are probably quite “everyday” to you. But for the rest of us, I thought it might be fun to see how our day begins here.

A London Morning Thames Walk
In an effort to curb the noise level in London at night, there are restrictions on flights between 11:30 pm and 6 am. Once the ban is over, a beautiful kaleidoscope of jet streams can be viewed across the early morning skies.


A London Morning Thames Walk
I love the way England has made it’s assets so accessible to the public to enjoy. There is a wonderful 184 mile trail along the River Thames that begins in the Cotswolds and runs all the way through London to Greenwich. It’s extremely popular with tourists as well as Londoners. The Thames is just minutes from our daughter’s home and one of our favorite ways to start the day is with a brisk stroll along the charming footpath.


The London Morning School "Run"
The school run – we count noses, and we’re off! Sometimes like a herd of turtles.. Sometimes as quick as hares, when there’s an incentive along the way…


The London Morning School "Run"
Indeed, everyone cooperated this morning and moved quite expediently, so there’s a reward coming – you can see the whole crew is quite excited…


The London Morning School "Run"
To be honest, Grammy and Papa are just as excited as the little ones about a stop at the local quick pick grocery – which just happens to have baguettes and croissants imported from France!


The London Morning School "Run"
Does anyone really care if we walk down the streets of this sophisticated, cosmopolitan city with crumbs all over our jackets? Not us, for sure!


The London Morning School "Run"
After that it’s, scurry, scurry, scurry. We don’t want to be late for school!


The London Morning School "Run"
With a friendly greeting at the school door, the three girls are dropped off first – then there’s just one left…


The London Morning School "Run"
Another few blocks and our mission is accomplished – everyone’s safely and happily delivered. And the “old folks” are ready for a nap. Or a cappuccino!

Did I forget the salmon salad?

No way! It’s been one of our favorite meals this fall. Light and lean, yet bursting with delicious flavor, this salad is easy enough for everyday and pretty enough for a dinner party.

Asian Glazed Salmon Salad with Maple Ginger Dressing - a healthy, delicious salad. The dressing doubles as part of an Asian glaze for the salmon!

The dressing is a fun fusion of Asian and autumn. Fresh ginger, rice vinegar and a splash of sesame oil are the Asian components. Maple syrup is a classic fall flavor that adds just a touch of sweetness.

I love that the dressing and glaze can be made in advance, making the salad easy to put together at the last minute. The dressing is also the base for the glaze – just add a few additional ingredients, give it a quick simmer and you’re done!

Asian Glazed Salmon Salad with Maple Ginger Dressing - a healthy, delicious salad. The dressing doubles as part of an Asian glaze for the salmon!

America’s Test Kitchen was my inspiration for the salmon. They came up with an easy, no-fail technique to achieve beautifully glazed salmon with a crisp golden crust and a moist, flaky interior. The secret is a mixture of sugar, cornstarch and salt that’s rubbed on the fillets before pan searing in a super hot pan. It only takes a few minutes, then they’re topped with a spoonful of glaze and popped into the oven to finish.

Asian Glazed Salmon Salad with Maple Ginger Dressing - a healthy, delicious salad. The dressing doubles as part of an Asian glaze for the salmon!

The salad itself is super simple to put together. When ready to serve, make a bed of arugula as a base and top with the glazed salmon, sliced pears, red grapes, golden raisins and pomegranate arils. Drizzle with the yummy Asian dressing and you’re done! It makes a delicious, healthy dinner (or lunch) and is wonderful paired with a basket of warm, crusty bread.

Asian Glazed Salmon Salad with Maple Ginger Dressing - a healthy, delicious salad. The dressing doubles as part of an Asian glaze for the salmon!

Try it! If you’re like me, you’ll find yourself craving it again and again!


Asian Glazed Salmon Salad with Maple Ginger Dressing
Asian Glazed Salmon Salad with Maple Ginger Dressing - a healthy, delicious salad. The versatile dressing doubles as part of an Asian glaze for the salmon.
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Asian-fusion
Serves: 4
  • For the dressing:
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 small clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced fresh ginger
  • 6 tablespoons sunflower or other mild tasting oil
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • For the Asian glaze:
  • 2 tablespoons dressing
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon sriracha chili sauce*
  • For the salmon:
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 4 4-6-ounce salmon filets, with or without skin
  • Asian glaze (recipe above)
  • For the salad:
  • 6-8 cups arugula
  • 1 cup red grapes, halved
  • ½ cup golden raisins*
  • ½ cup pomegranate arils or seeds
  • 1 large or 2 medium red or yellow pears, cored and sliced (leave peel on)
  1. For the dressing, combine all ingredients in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid and shake, shake, shake. Set aside.
  2. For the glaze, combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a steady simmer and cook for 3-5 minutes until thickened and syrupy.
  3. For the salmon, preheat oven to 300˚F. (150˚C).
  4. Combine brown sugar, salt, and cornstarch in small bowl. Pat salmon dry with paper towels and season with a generous sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture evenly over top of flesh side of salmon, rubbing to distribute. (If you’re using skinless fillets, rub brown sugar mixture over the nicest looking side of the salmon.)
  5. Heat oil in a large, oven-safe nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot and just starting to smoke. Place salmon, seasoned side down, in skillet and cook until well browned, about 1-2 minutes. Using tongs, carefully flip salmon and cook on opposite side for 1 minute.
  6. Remove skillet from heat and spread a teaspoon of glaze evenly over each salmon fillet. Transfer skillet to oven and cook 7-10 minutes, until center of thickest part of fillets registers 125 degrees on instant-read thermometer. Keep warm while you prepare the salads.
  7. For the salads, divide arugula between 4 dinner plates. Add salmon fillets over to one side of plate and drizzle each with another teaspoon or two of the glaze. Scatter salad with grapes, golden raisins and pomegranate arils. Arrange pear slices attractively on one side of salad. Drizzle with dressing and pass extra at the table.
* if your raisins have lost their moisture and look dry and very shriveled, it's easy to plump them up again. Just place them in a microwave-safe cup or bowl. Add 2-3 teaspoons of water, apple juice or orange juice and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Microwave on high power for 30-40 seconds. Remove from microwave and cool to room temperature.

Salmon technique adapted from America's Test Kitchen


Asian Glazed Salmon Salad - a beautiful. healthy salad. The dressing is transformed to a delicious Asian glaze for the salmon.

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