Herbed Salmon Cakes with Green Salad

Wild salmon is made into tasty little grain-free patties that sit atop fiber-rich greens tossed in raw apple cider vinegar, another digestion-boosting ingredient.

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Prep Time
35 min
65 min



  • 3 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar (TRY: Eden Organic Apple Cider Vinegar)

    1 tsp Dijon mustard

    1/2 tsp raw honey

    1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

    1 tbsp finely minced shallot

    ¼ tsp sea salt

    1/8 tsp ground black pepper,

    4 cups mixed salad greens

    1 carrot, shredded

    1/2 English cucumber, halved lengthwise and sliced

Salmon cakes

  • 2 6-oz cans skinless, boneless wild-caught salmon, drained

    1/2 small sweet onion (such as Vidalia), minced

    2 stalks celery, minced

    3 tbsp coconut flour

    3 tbsp finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

    2 tbsp chopped fresh dill

    2 tsp grated lemon zest + 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

    1 tsp paprika

    1/2 tsp each sea salt and ground black pepper

    2 large eggs, beaten

    3 tbsp whole-milk yogurt

    olive or coconut oil cooking spray


1. Make vinaigrette: In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, mustard and honey. Whisking constantly, drizzle in oil until thickened and well combined. Whisk in shallot. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate. (Dressing can be made up to 3 days ahead.)

2. Make salmon cakes: Flake salmon into a medium bowl. Stir in onion and celery until well combined. Stir in flour, parsley, dill, lemon zest, lemon juice, paprika, salt and pepper. Fold in eggs and yogurt. Using a dry 1/3-cup measure, divide mixture into 8 portions and shape into ½-inch- thick patties. Place on a plate, cover and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. (Patties can be refrigerated overnight before cooking.)

3. Place a large rimmed baking sheet in oven and preheat to 400ºF. Remove baking sheet from oven and mist with cooking spray. Arrange patties on hot pan and mist with more cooking spray. Bake until bottoms are golden, 10 to 15 minutes. Turn gently to prevent crumbling and bake until golden on both sides and hot in center, about 15 minutes more.

4. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss together greens, carrot and cucumber. Just before serving, toss salad with 3 tbsp vinaigrette, adding more if desired.

5. Divide salad among plates. Top each with 2 patties, and drizzle each patty with 1 tsp of the remaining vinaigrette. (Reserve any remaining vinaigrette in the refrigerator for another use.)

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 2 salmon cakes, 1/4 of salad, about 4 tsp of the dressing
  • Calories 333
  • Carbohydrate Content 12 g
  • Cholesterol Content 120 mg
  • Fat Content 21 g
  • Fiber Content 4.5 g
  • Protein Content 23 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 5 g
  • Sodium Content 695 mg
  • Sugar Content 5 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 12 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 3 g