Food Hussy Recipe: Salmon & Avocado Salad

This post is sponsored by IKEA but all opinions are my own. 

Obviously I love IKEA and they're having a fun Easter celebration coming up tomorrow night - plus they shared a great salmon avocado salad recipe with me that I had to make for a cozy night in with the hubs. 

I had just gotten new place settings for the house and I thought it was a great time to give them a whirl! They have these super cute candle holders - in bright pink of course - as well as serving dishes, glasses, etc. - of course everything I needed.

You know they have salmon in their food market - right? It's frozen and packaged individually - they sell them in 4-packs and it's very high quality and responsibly farmed. Look at it - looks perfect - right?!

And don't forget - tomorrow IKEA is celebrating the Easter holiday with its annual Swedish Påskbord. Join them Friday April 7 for an all-you-can-eat Smörgåsbord buffet. Tickets are available for only $16.99 per person / $4.99 for kids 12 and under, or at a discounted rate for IKEA FAMILY members ($12.99 per person / $2.99 for kids 12 and under). (You can also get them at the store tomorrow night! Dinner plans - DONE!) 
We don't sit at the table enough - most of the time it's on the couch watching TV - but having a fun place setting, candles and flowers actually makes the table much more inviting. Plus - it gives me and Larry a chance to connect after a long day at work.

And of course - with IKEA there's something for every style - and my style is bright and happy with LOTS of color!!!! I can never have enough color!!!

I actually mixed and matched different design series for the final look but a lot of it came from the Poppig series - so if you want to recreate it - you can start there.

The salad was super easy - it was mixed greens topped with blanched green beans - which actually I had never done. It was really easy - you just boil water and add the green beans for just a couple of minutes - then drain them and run cold water over them so they don't keep cooking. (Side note: the recipe calls for haricot verts - I couldn't find them so I just used green beans. HV are basically skinny green beans.)

For the salmon - I added seasonings to it and then seared it on each side for a couple of minutes - then served it up with the green beans, avocado and some fresh lime to squeeze on top!

It looked so good and I was definitely ready to dig in - it's also simple and it went together quickly. The best part was that the salmon only had to cook for a few minutes - which is what I need after a long day at work. DINNER. FAST.

 YUM - right?!

I also put together a super simple vinaigrette for it - with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, lime juice, salt & pepper. I put poured a little bit together - just enough for Larry and I - and then wisk wisk wisk and done. You can use whatever you have in your fridge but I have to say - throwing that together quick was really light, fresh and tasty! 

Helpful Links - Here's the full list of IKEA products you'll see in the photos above: 

Salmon and Avocado Salad

Ingredients & Supplies
  • 500g LAX FILÉ Salmon Fillet
  • 2 avocados
  • Approx. 5.25 oz. haricots verts (or green beans) 
  • Mixed green salad
  • 1 lime
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Paprika
  • Chili powder
  • Bring 1 quart of lightly salted water to boil. Boil the haricots verts for 2 min., then keep under running water until cool.
  • Heat a frying pan or grill pan.
  • Season the defrosted salmon fillets with salt, black pepper, paprika and chili.
  • Grill each side of the salmon fillets for approx. 1 minute, high heat. Leave to cool.
  • Turn the beans with the green salad in a bowl and add olive oil, salt and black pepper. Squeeze half a lime in the bowl. Distribute the contents of the bowl on 4 plates and add pieces of the equivalent of half an avocado to each plate.
  • Cut salmon fillets into smaller pieces and distribute on the salad on each plate and serve. 
  • Top with your favorite salad dressing or mix together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, fresh lime juice & zest, salt & pepper and you've got a great little vinaigrette! 

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