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Honey-Glazed Poppy Seed Salmon Salad by Stacey Mattinson, MS, RDN, LD

Honey-Glazed Poppy Seed Salmon Salad

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 373 kcal


  • 1 lb salmon
  • 1/2 tsp canola oil (can use another type of oil if preferred, olive works well but has a slightly stronger flavor)
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp poppy seeds
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 10 cherries, pitted and quartered
  • 2 large white mushrooms, chopped
  • 5 c raw spinach (~3/4 of a bag)
  • 1 c cooked quinoa (1/2 c uncooked quinoa yields 1 c cooked)
  • 2 Tbsp goat cheese
  • 1 Tbsp pine nuts
  • 1/4 c light mayonnaise (I like Hellman's)
  • 2 tsp Truvia (or 4 tsp regular sugar; or other alternative sweetener to taste)
  • 4 tsp red wine vinegar


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Place salmon (skin down) on a baking sheet. For easier clean-up, you may place a piece of foil between the salmon and the baking sheet. Top salmon with canola oil and spread around with the back of a spoon. Top salmon with honey and spread with back of a spoon. Sprinkle salmon with poppy seeds. Set aside until oven is preheated. Place salmon in oven once oven is preheated.
  • In a liquid measuring cup or bowl, add together mayonnaise, Truvia (or sugar or other sugar substitute), and red wine vinegar. Whisk together thoroughly. Set aside.
  • Prepare cherries, mushrooms and quinoa while salmon is cooking.
  • In a large bowl, toss together spinach, quinoa, goat cheese, pine nuts, cherries, mushrooms and salad dressing. Once salmon has reached an internal temperature of 145°F (about 15 minutes) and is no longer pink internally, remove from the oven and place on top of salad. Add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy immediately.


If saving leftovers, separate the salmon from the salad greens. This way you can heat up the salmon before service more easily.


Calories: 373kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 28gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 319mgPotassium: 819mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5g
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