Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Basil Salmon Salad (GAPS-legal, grain- and gluten-free)


This basil salmon salad is a great, light meal for these hot summer days.  The lemon juice and basil lend a fresh flavor to the meal, and no cooking is required.  This was a real hit with my whole family.

Basil Salmon Salad
Serves 2 adults
  • One 7.5-oz can wild-caught salmon
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1Tb minced green onions (green part only)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise, preferably homemade
  • 2 Tb sour cream
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp fresh dill (depending on how well you like that dill-y flavor)
  • 1/4 tsp celtic sea salt
  • 1 Tb minced fresh basil leaves
  • pinch of freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 Tb capers (or substitute additional 1 tsp lemon juice if you don't have any capers)
  • Serve over lettuce dressed with fresh lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and stir to combine.  Arrange lettuce on a plate, add a sprinkle of salt and pepper, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a drizzle of olive oil.  Scoop a generous amount of basil salmon salad on top of the lettuce.  Garnish with lemon wedges, and enjoy! 

This recipe is part of Monday Mania at The Healthy Home Economist, Fight Back Friday at Food Renegade, Pennywise Platter at The Nourishing Gourmet, and Real Food Wednesday with Kelly the Kitchen Kop!


Anonymous said...

Dear Sarah,

First let me say thank you for sharing so much here. I am in the process of not eating grain at all. I am a diabetic and grain, wheat and the like, makes my feet numb and puts me to sleep right away.

Incidentally, my daughter has just been diagnosed autistic, so I know that her food is probably the culprit.

I have been reading your recipes and they all sound so delicious. I just need to see what I can do for her. She does not chew, so I have to make pretty much everything pureed and I would use starch as a base. But now, I need to find something else that will give me that nice puree without the starch.

Thank you again for your information. You have truly helped me today.

Be blessed,


Sarah Smith said...

Hi Maria,
You are very welcome. I hope you are able to find health again for you and your daughter through food. The GAPS diet is supposed to be great for diabetes as well as autism. My family has seen amazing results with this diet (it has cured my joint pain, my husband's chronic sinus infections and eczema are greatly improved, and my daughter's immune system and poor weight gain are much better). Please let me know if there is any information you need.

I don't know if these ideas would be helpful, but perhaps you could use any of the following as a base for the puree for your daughter:
-yogurt or sour cream
-cooked carrots
-cooked chicken
-roasted butternut squash or pumpkin
For variety, we sometimes puree chicken soup, and it is tasty. I'll also be posting recipes in the coming months for a pureed butternut squash soup and tomato soup.

Anonymous said...

Yes, they will certainly be a great help. In fact, I am trying the cooked chicken today for her base and then adding the vegetables.

Thank you again Sarah!


Barb @ A Life in Balance said...

So glad you posted this on Monday Mania! I have several cans of salmon in my pantry to use up, and this would be just the ticket. I also have fresh basil and dill in the garden, and a jar of capers in the pantry.