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You may routinely affiliate smoked salmon with cream cheese and an all the things bagel—particularly for those who’re a New Yorker. However there are a world of different scrumptious methods to benefit from the wholesome protein for those who’re ever searching for but another excuse to purchase it. Want proof? Try chef and Nicely+Good Council member Candice Kumai’s tremendous simple smoked salmon salad recipe. It screams Saturday brunch, with solely of the hassle of a Tuesday evening dinner required. 

Scrumptious Alaskan smoked salmon is lean, imply, and mega flavorful. It’s loaded with omega-3s, protein, and an arsenal of different well being advantages. Its scrumptious smoky taste additionally makes it one of many excellent brunch meals, however it may additionally get fairly expensive. Fortunately, you may get pleasure from it with out going bankrupt by utilizing it as a strategic accent relatively than the primary focus of what you’re consuming. Right here, I high it on a lightweight inexperienced salad made from peppery rocket (aka arugula). Tying collectively the flavors is a caper-lemon dressing that provides the right quantity of tanginess to the meal. It makes for an ideal full meal that seems like brunch, with out having to spend tons of time within the kitchen.

Smoked salmon and arugula salad

Yields four servings

Components

For the caper-lemon dressing:
1/four cup caper brine (from the caper jar)
1 teaspoon oregano
2 tablespoons additional virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/four teaspoon sea salt
half teaspoon honey or maple syrup

For the salad:
four cups wild arugula
1/three cup capers
1 cup cannellini beans
1/four cup chèvre (goat cheese), crumbled
12 skinny slices wild Alaskan smoked salmon

1. Make the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk collectively the caper brine, oregano, olive oil, lemon juice, and sea salt. Add a contact of honey or maple syrup, if desired.

2. In a big bowl, mix the wild arugula, capers, and cannellini beans. Toss with the dressing. Prime with the chèvre and smoked salmon. Serve extra dressing on the aspect, if desired.

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