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Salmon Patties with Sautéed Squash & Zucchini

We've given this staple in times of financial hardship a clean, gourmet twist by adding cilantro and grated carrots. Protein-rich egg whites and whole-wheat bread crumbs seal the highly affordable deal.

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These salmon patties taste delicious all by themselves, but you can also dress them up with a simple fruit sauce. Combine 1/4 cup no-sugar-added fruit preserves (strawberry or raspberry works best) with 1/4 cup water. Cook preserves in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until thickened and warm. Remove from heat and drizzle over patties.

Prep Time
30 min
30 min


  • 1 medium yellow onion, half diced and half thinly sliced, divided
  • 1 6-oz can salmon packed in water, without bones or skin, drained
  • 2 egg whites, whisked
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and grated
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, minced, divided
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 2 medium yellow squash, thinly sliced, or 12 baby patty pan squash, cut in half
  • 1 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • Additional fresh herbs, chopped, or green onion curls, for garnish (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, mix together diced onion, salmon, egg whites, Dijon, bread crumbs, carrot and 1 tbsp cilantro. Using your hands, form mixture into 4 large patties, each about 4 or 5 inches in diameter.
  2. Heat a large nonstick or cast-iron pan over medium-high for 1 minute. Mist with cooking spray. Place all 4 patties in pan and cook for 2 1/2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Remove patties from pan and set aside.
  3. Wipe out same large nonstick or cast-iron pan with paper towel; then heat over medium-high for 1 minute. Mist with cooking spray again. Add squash, zucchini and thinly sliced onion. Sauté for about 2 minutes, then add 1 tbsp water. (The water will help steam vegetables and cook them more thoroughly.) Cook for another 5 minutes or until squash and zucchini are tender and onion is translucent. When vegetables are just finished cooking, add remaining 1 tbsp cilantro and mix. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Serve 1 patty with 3/4 cup vegetables. Garnish with additional herbs, if desired.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 patty and 3/4 cup vegetables
  • Calories 210
  • Carbohydrate Content 30 g
  • Cholesterol Content 25 mg
  • Fat Content 4.5 g
  • Fiber Content 6 g
  • Protein Content 16 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 0.5 g
  • Sodium Content 340 mg
  • Sugar Content 6 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 0 g