Salmon Pasta Salad

Hello Lovely,

Eating well is so important. Lately I just do not have the energy to cook or bake. Time isn't a factor but the creative energy and the physical energy are just....not...there! I had a week of meal prepping and while it helped me tremendously to cut down on time spent getting ready in the morning, it left me feeling drained. One of the things I was able to create before throwing in the towel was a delicious Salmon Pasta Salad!

I love easy pasta dishes and I had a salmon fillet in the freezer for weeks that I didn't want to go bad. So I thought, what about a pasta salad with Salmon? It was really easy to put together. If you thaw and marinate the salmon overnight, all you have to do in the morning, is grill it and boil the pasta. You could even save some of the marinade as a dressing for the pasta. So before I hop on a plane today for the annual VIVA conference tomorrow night, I thought I'd share this quick and easy lunch dish that anyone can make!

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Salmon Pasta Salad

Serves 1 (simply double ingredients to serve more)


  • Salmon fillet thawed
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes 
  • 2 cups pasta of your choice (I used Rotini in lieu of Bow Tie pasta)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/8 cup Kraft Raspberry vinaigrette
  • 1/8 cup Kraft Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • pinch of salt
  • grated cheese for topping


  1. Thaw salmon then mix the vinaigrette, seasoning, salt and olive oil in the salmon pouch. Allow to marinate overnight.
  2. Boil pasta according to directions on box, then drain.
  3. Saute the salmon in a skillet while the pasta cooks.
  4. Once pasta is complete, combine the noodles with the salmon, marinade and tomatoes in a dish. Feel free to add other items like corn, bacon or spinach. I just used what I had on hand because I was in a mad rush.
  5. Top with grated cheese and serve!
  6. Enjoy!
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Hello Lovely,

How is your clean eating going so far? Don't tell me you're off the wagon already! Maybe you're not sure where to begin.Don't worry, I'll give you guys a free pass because Valentine's Day just went and I'm sure you did a lot on indulging with your loved one or by yourself if you're single.

 I've always been fond of salmon. It's an excellent source of B12, vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, biotin, potassium and so much more! Unfortunately, salmon is not cheap depending on where you live, so this tends to be a special treat only kind of dish.

Even after buying the salmon, you may be unsure of what to do with it. After walking around in Whole Foods for an hour (mostly killing time while looking for ingredients not sold here in The Bahamas), I was tempted to buy some salmon burgers. There were so many varieties, I had no idea you could do that much with it! Just as I reached to pick up one I remember two important things: we had salmon at home in the freezer and I was leaving in two days so the burgers would go to waste. We didn't do much grocery shopping so I didn't have any fancy ingredients on hand. That's what makes these burgers so awesome! As long as you have salmon on hand, you can stuff them with anything else you already have in your fridge or pantry. This was my attempt at using the last of the groceries before leaving so that they don't go to waste (my boyfriend really doesn't cook).

If you don't have a grill, don't worry, you can totally make this in a frying pan. I was lucky enough to have a George Foreman grill on hand so that made cooking it a lot easier (after scrubbing off the debris from my boyfriend's meat burger). There isn't much to these...just a bit of egg, breadcrumbs, and seasonings of your choice. I added ricotta because I love cheese stuffed anything. ANYTHING! Add pepper to kick it up a notch if that's your speed and VOILA! An easy dinner you don't have to feel guilty about!



  • 1 pound salmon fillet
  • ½ cup Panko style crumbs (Almond meal can be substituted for you GF folks)
  • 1 egg - slightly beaten
  • ½ cup chopped yellow onion
  • ½ cup chopped red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ricotta cheese
  • ½ teaspoons salt


  • ⅓ teaspoon pepper


  1. Remove skin from salmon fillet and mince salmon. If you're using frozen salmon fillets you don't have any skin to remove. Just defrost and mince the salmon with your fingers or a knife.
  2. Add minced salmon and remaining ingredients to bowl and combine.
  3. Careful not to over handle.
  4. Form into 3 large or 4 small patties about ½ inch thick
  5. Heat grill pan or BBQ to medium to medium high.
  6. Cook 4 minutes on each side or until completely cooked through and center feels slightly firm.
  7. These cook fast - careful not to over cook or will become dry.

Surf & Turf – Salmon and Petite Steak

Hello Lovely,

The Surf and Turf is a meeting of two worlds: the land and the sea.  With this striking combo we thought it was fitting to feature it for Valentine’s as a couple is a meeting of two minds and hearts focused on one goal.  This dish is beautiful in appearance and delicious in flavor!  I’ve swapped the lobster tail for salmon for a lighter flavor with the same meaty texture.

Petite steak

  • 3 thick petite steaks cut into halves
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Fresh parsley (sprigs of curly and Italian parsley) minced
  • 2 stem of fresh rosemary minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 medium cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter for cooking
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and marinate for a minimum of an hour in the refrigerator or use immediately.
  2. Place sauté pan on low heat until butter bubbles.  Place 2 pieces of steak into the pan and let cook for 2 minutes on each side for rare, 4 for medium rare, etc.  You can cook the steak to your prefer temperature.
  3.  There will be butter gravy in the pan that can be used to top the steak.  Serve immediately and enjoy!



  • 08 – 1lb fresh salmon filet
  • 2 tblsp. Salted butter
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

Butter Sauce

  • ¼ stick of melted butter

  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoon fresh parsley, chopped

  • Dash of salt

  1. Remove the skin from the salmon and season with salt and black pepper.  
  2. Place butter into a medium heated pan and let cook for 3- 4 minutes on each side. Remove salmon from pan.  
  3. Combine ingredients for the butter sauce and place into the pan for 2 – 4 minutes.  Place butter sauce on cooked salmon.  

For surf and turf recipe, place salmon on top of or on the side of the steak and serve with a lemon wedge. Do you prefer salmon or lobster with your steak?