Kale Salad With Salmon, Avocado, Almonds & Apricots

 

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Kale Salad With Salmon, Apricots, & Toasted Almonds

This fruit and veggie-packed kale salad with salmon is topped with fresh apricots, avocados, pickled red onions, toasted almonds and feta cheese.  A homemade honey balsamic dijon dressing tied all the delicious flavors together for a memorable salad you’ll make again. 

No ordinary salad – this one makes great use of apricots, avocados and salmon on sale at Safeway this week.

Fresh apricots are in season from May until the end of July, so I try to utilize them as much as I can during the season.  This recipe is inspired by my blackened salmon with peach salsa recipe.  However,  since apricots are not as sweet, I added fresh blueberries to the salad for extra sweetness and hot honey in the dressing for a tangy, sweet dressing with a kick.  

I air-fried the salmon, and oh my – I think that’s my new favorite way to cook salmon. 10 minutes in the air fryer for perfectly cooked salmon. No splatter in a pan, no smelly oven, no stuck on salmon skin on the grill – it’s seriously a game-changer!

Truth be told, I’ve had the air fryer for 2 years and have just recently started to utilize it.  I made air fryer coconut shrimp and now air fryer salmon and it was so good and so easy!  

 

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Ingredients in kale salad with salmon

  • 2 cups kale, chopped
  • 1.5 lbs. salmon, sliced into 4 6-oz portions
  • 4 fresh apricots, sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon pickled red onions
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  •  feta cheese

Air Fryer Salmon Seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons hot honey or regular honey
  • 1 teaspoon onion 
  • salt and pepper to taste

How to Make a Kale Salad With Salmon and Avocados, Apricots and Almonds

To prepare the salmon, combine the seasoning mix of brown sugar, dried oregano, chili powder, paprika, onion powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.  Stir well to combine.  Rub the seasoning mix into the salmon. 

Spray the air fryer basket with non-stick cooking spray so that the salmon skin does not stick.  Cook the salmon in the air fryer for 10 minutes at 400° F.   

If you do not have an air fryer – you can use the same rub and pan-sear the salmon for 12 minutes in a skillet, or grill for 12 minutes on a pre-heated grill or cook in a pre-heated oven for 15 minutes on 400° F. 

While the salmon is cooking, toast the almonds.  Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat and add the sliced almonds.  Cook for about 7 minutes, stirring the pan often so the almonds do not burn. 

In a large platter or bowl, combine the chopped kale, sliced apricots, blueberries, toasted almonds, pickled onions, and feta cheese. 

Prepare the dressing in a mason jar by combining olive oil, dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, honey, and salt and pepper.  Cover and shake, or stir well to combine.  Dress the salad a few minutes before serving and toss well so that the dressing coats the kale. 

Top with the air fried salmon and enjoy. 

How to Pickle Onions for Kale Salad

For the pickled onions, you’ll need apple cider vinegar, half a red onion, sugar and salt.

Thinly slice the red onions and place them into a glass food storage container or mason jar. 

In a small saucepan, combine 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 cup of water.  Simmer over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.  Pour the pickling mixture over the sliced onions.  Cover and refrigerate.  

 

 

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Blackened Salmon Salad With Creamy Avocado Quark Dressing

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Salmon Tacos With Chipotle Mayo Slaw and Pickled Onions

Blackened Salmon With Fresh Peach Salsa

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Kale Salad With Salmon, Avocado, Apricots and Almonds

This fruit and veggie-packed kale salad with salmon is topped with fresh apricots, avocados, pickled red onions, toasted almonds and feta cheese.  A homemade honey balsamic dijon dressing tied all the delicious flavors together for a memorable salad you'll make again. 
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer Salmon Salad, Kale Salad with Salmon
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories:
Author: Eva Fry

Ingredients

Salad

  • 2 cups kale chopped
  • 1.5 lbs. salmon sliced into 4 6-oz portions
  • 4 fresh apricots sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds toasted
  • 1 tablespoon pickled red onions
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • feta cheese

Air Fryer Salmon Seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons hot honey or regular honey
  • 1 teaspoon onion
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • To prepare the salmon, combine the seasoning mix of brown sugar, dried oregano, chili powder, paprika, onion powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl.  Stir well to combine.  Rub the seasoning mix into the salmon.
  • Cook the salmon in the air fryer for 10 minutes at 400° F.
  • While the salmon is cooking, toast the almonds.  Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat and add the sliced almonds.  Cook for about 7 minutes, stirring the pan often so the almonds do not burn.
  • In a large platter or bowl, combine the chopped kale, sliced apricots, blueberries, toasted almonds, pickled onions, and feta cheese.
  • Prepare the dressing in a mason jar by combining olive oil, dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, honey, and salt and pepper.  Cover and shake,or stir well to combine.  Dress the salad a few minutes before serving and toss well so that the dressing coats the kale.
  • Top with the air fried salmon and enjoy.

Notes

How to Make Pickled Onions
For the pickled onions, you'll need apple cider vinegar, half a red onion, sugar and salt.
Thinly slice the red onions and place them into a glass food storage container or mason jar. 
In a small saucepan, combine 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 cup of water.  Simmer over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.  Pour the pickling mixture over the sliced onions.  Cover and refrigerate.  
Alternative Cooking Methods for Salmon
If you do not have an air fryer - you can use the same rub and pan-sear the salmon for 12 minutes in a skillet, or grill for 12 minutes on a pre-heated grill or cook in a pre-heated oven for 15 minutes on 400° F. 

 

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