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May 23, 2016

Oven Poached Salmon Caesar Salads

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Oven Poached Salmon Caesar Salads are a household favorite easy weeknight meal! Wild caught salmon poaches in the oven, then is served on top of a quick homemade Caesar salad. This quick entree is prepped, poached and ready to eat in less than 40 minutes!

Image of two Oven Poached Salmon Caesar Salads on a white background with a blue-and-white striped towel

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I was talking with my friend Susannah last week about how neither of us share a lot of recipes for meat-based entrees on our blogs.

Which is particularly funny because:

  1. My husband and I eat meat most evenings as a part of our dinner.
  2. The dishes we make are generally pretty delicious.
  3. I just never take the time to photograph them.
  4. Photographing meat is sometimes a dicey endeavor. Which means I don’t take the time to do it often because of this. And I don’t know why because whenever I have photographed it recently, it’s turned out A-OK.

Overhead collage of Oven Poached Salmon before and after baking in a baking sheet

Case in point: These Oven Poached Salmon Caesar Salads.

This is one of our go-to meals for a busy weeknight, and for good reason. The salmon bakes up in less than 30 minutes. The salad is tossed together so quickly as the salmon cooks. And you’re ready to eat in 40 minutes tops.

You can’t beat something this simple or delicious.

Sure, we’re cutting corners by not making our own Caesar dressing, but not everything has to be homemade all the time. This is one of those big life lessons lessons I’ve learned since having a child. Because real talk: I don’t have time to make everything from scratch. And that’s OK.

Why not let your favorite store-bought Caesar dressing help you out?

Oven Poached Salmon Caesar Salads being sprinkled with additional parmesan cheese before serving

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Oven Poached Salmon Caesar Salads are one of our favorite weeknight meals!

Here’s how we make ours:

Oven Poached Salmon Caesar Salads
Yield: 2 salads

Oven Poached Salmon Caesar Salads

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes

Oven Poached Salmon Caesar Salads are a household favorite easy weeknight meal! Wild caught salmon poaches in chicken stock in the oven, then is served on top of a quick homemade Caesar salad that features romaine lettuce, cucumber, parmesan and croutons, all tossed in your favorite store-bought Caesar dressing. This quick entree is prepped, poached and ready to eat in less than 40 minutes!

Ingredients

Oven Poached Salmon

  • 1 lb. salmon filets
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken stock (can substitute vegetable stock)
  • ½ teaspoon salt-free creole seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Caesar Salad

  • Oven Poached Salmon Filets, slightly cooled
  • 3 cups romaine lettuce
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan
  • ½ cucumber, , diced
  • 3 tablespoons Caesar dressing
  • ¼ cup croutons
  • Black pepper, to taste

Instructions

Prepare the Salmon

  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F.
  2. Place the salmon filets skin-down in a baking dish.
  3. Pour the chicken stock into the baking dish, filling until about halfway up the salmon.
  4. Season the salmon with the salt-free creole seasoning, salt and pepper.
  5. Cover with aluminum foil, and bake for 22-28 minutes, or until the salmon is just cooked through.
  6. Remove from the oven, and let cool slightly.

Make the Caesar Salad

  1. While the salmon cools, combine the romaine, cucumber, parmesan, croutons and the Caesar dressing in a large bowl.
  2. Toss the salad using salad tongs, then split evenly between two plates or bowls.
  3. Season with additional black pepper if need be.
  4. Place the salmon on top of the salads, and enjoy immediately.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2 salads

Serving Size:

1 salad

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 901 Total Fat: 58g Saturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 41g Cholesterol: 228mg Sodium: 3340mg Carbohydrates: 10g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 3g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 81g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

What is one of your favorite go-to weeknight meals?


16 Comments

  1. Katerina @ Diethood

    Aaahhh I love all thing Caesar! Including DA man, himself! 😉 I absolutely love this simple salad, though, AND those gorgeous pics!!

    • Erin

      You and me both, Katrina! Caesar goodness forever! 😉 And thank you so much. This simple salad is killer, and it makes me smile that you love the photos. Your images are always beautiful, so it’s quite the compliment!

  2. Des @ Life's Ambrosia

    I love caesar salad! A restaurant I used to work at would serve up a salmon caesar, this brings back memories!

    • Erin

      Me too, Dee! I love that a restaurant where you worked served a salmon caesar and that the dish brings back memories. One of my favorite places near my college campus serves the same, and whenever I have a salmon caesar, I inevitably think about eating the dish there so much!

  3. Joanie @ ZagLeft

    We eat salmon almost once a week – we love it. I’ve never thought to poach it and what a great idea it is. Can’t wait to try your recipe, it looks like such a wonderfully light meal full of so much flavor.

    • Erin

      Salmon is one of our weekly favorites, too! We switch it up with the poaching, and it always turns out beautifully! Thanks so much. I hope y’all enjoy these salads as much as we do.

  4. Michelle De La Cerda

    One of my favorites. I found a great way to bake it and it just melts in your mouth. I love the idea to poach it though. Yum!

    • Erin

      Now I’m curious how you bake it all the time so it melts in your mouth! We’re big fans of poaching, but we love to change things up, too!

  5. Dee

    I haven’t made salmon in ages, but this looks so good that I want to make it soon!

    • Erin

      You totally should! And I hope that if you do, you and your fam enjoy this as much as mine did!

  6. Dawn @ Girl Heart Food

    Two of my favourites! Salmon and caesar salad! What a perfect weeknight meal 🙂 Yum!

    • Erin

      Agreed, Dawn! This is one of our favorite quick meals!

  7. Julia

    These salads are perfection!! I love salmon every which way and Caesar is just such a classic. I’m itching to eat this for all the dinners!

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Julia! Like you, I’m a HUGE salmon fan, and they’re delightful on this simple, easy Caesar. I hope you enjoy this for dinner sometime soon!

  8. Jenny | Honey and Birch

    I have always loved the caesar dressing and salmon combo – one of my favorite things to order at a restaurant. Why I’ve never made it at home is a question for the ages that is about to be remedied. Thanks for the recipe!!

    • Erin

      You should totally make it at home! This has been one of my long-time restaurant favorites that we end up cooking every other week because it’s quick and so tasty!

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