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Easy Salmon Caesar Salad

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This easy salmon Caesar salad is a family favorite at our house! (Although, full disclosure, while my kids love Caesar salad, they prefer bottled Caesar dressing so I serve it with both my homemade dressing and their favorite bottled version!). Not only is this Caesar salad with salmon a nutritious and delicious meal, but it’s incredibly easy to make and ready in just 30 minutes, making it a perfect weeknight dinner meal.

If you love salmon dinners like we do, be sure to try my grilled salmon in foil, salmon sliders with caper aioli, teriyaki glazed salmon, or crunchy panko baked salmon next time.

Bowl of Caesar salad with salmon

Estimated reading time: 9 minutes

What You’ll Love About Salmon Caesar Salad

  • Flavorful meal that tastes so good
  • Drizzled with the best Caesar dressing
  • Made with nutritious ingredients
  • Easy to make
  • Just 10 minutes prep time
  • Just 20 minutes cook time

Ingredients

  • Bread – We’re making homemade croutons for this salad so you can really use any type of good, artisan bread. I like using a baguette, but you could also use sourdough, multigrain, or a roasted garlic loaf.
  • Oil – We’ll use an olive oil to make the croutons.
  • Lettuce – Use romaine hearts for the crunchiest salad. If you prefer to use a mix of greens, use romaine with a darker green like red leaf lettuce or shredded kale.
  • Salmon – Look for salmon fillets portions that are about 5-6 ounces per fillet. You can use skin-on or skin-off – either will work.
  • Parmesan cheese – Use freshly grated Parmesan cheese for best flavor, or high-quality pre-shredded Parmesan for convenience.
  • Homemade Caesar dressing – Garlic, anchovy paste, salt, egg yolk, lemon juice, dijon mustard, and vegetable oil or avocado oil.
Ingredients to make salmon Caesar salad recipe.

How to Make Caesar Salad with Salmon

This is an overview on how to make pan-seared salmon Caesar salad, the detailed instructions can be found below in the recipe card.

Make croutons. Toss bread cubes with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake until golden brown and crunchy.
Sheet pan with homemade croutons.
Make Caesar dressing. Mince garlic and anchovy paste and press mixture with the side of a chef knife to scrape mixture together and break up any garlic clumps. In a small jar or small bowl, combine garlic anchovy mixture, egg yolk, lemon juice, dijon, and oil. Shake together until emulsified.
Homemade ceasar salad dressing in a jar.
Pan-sear salmon. Sprinkle salmon with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and place salmon skin side up into skillet. Cook until cooked through and flaky.
Cooked salmon in a pan
Assemble salads. In a large bowl, add romaine lettuce and drizzle with Caesar dressing (start with half of the dressing). Toss gently to coat lettuce. Divide salad onto plates or individual salad bowls. Top with shredded Parmesan cheese, croutons, and salmon. Season with freshly cracked black pepper and extra Parmesan cheese if desired.
Closeup of Caesar salmon salad.

FAQs

Is Caesar salad healthy?

Well I say everything is healthy. 🙂 Some foods are more nutritious than others, but all food serves a purpose. This Caesar salmon salad has protein, carbs, produce, and healthy fats. OH, and FLAVOR. So I would say, yes, it’s incredibly delicious AND nutritious.

How many calories is in a Caesar salad?

The calories in Caesar salad will of course depend on ingredients and portion size, but this particular Caesar salmon salad has an estimated 536 calories per serving. The full nutrition facts estimate can be found below the recipe card and will vary on the exact amounts of dressing, salmon, and croutons you use.

Can I make this Caesar salad with grilled salmon?

Yes! To make a grilled salmon Caesar salad, you can prepare as directed but instead of cooking the salmon in a skillet, you can grill outside. Grilling instructions can be found below in the recipe card, it’s a great option for warmer months, especially if you don’t like cooking fish inside.

Caesar salad with salmon on the side.

Storage Instructions

This Caesar salad recipe is best served immediately, but if you have leftovers, store components separately in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. (I prefer to use dressing within a day since it has a raw egg!)

How to reheat salmon

You can serve the leftover salmon cold or at room temperature or heat in a 350 degrees F oven or in a hot skillet, just until heated through.

Close up of salmon caesar salad with a fork

What to Serve with Salmon Caesar Salad

This Caesar salad with salmon is really meant to be a full meal, but if you want to serve it with a simple side, here are some ideas:

How to Feed Caesar Salad with Salmon to the Whole Family

I get it, feeding kids can be tough! But following the Division of Responsibility and knowing your job and your child’s job makes it SO much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to feed your kids any meal, which will help ensure that they are eating a variety of nutritious foods – with plenty of play food sprinkled in.

I would recommend serving the salad components separate and let kids create their own salad (if they are older than toddlers!). If it’s a new food, serve a tiny portion in a pinch bowl (taster bowl). Serve the meal with a few items you know your kids will eat, like bread and butter, fruit, and milk.

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Bowl of Caesar salad with salmon on top

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Bowl of Caesar salad with salmon

Salmon Caesar Salad Recipe

  • Author: Emily Dingmann of myeverydaytable.com
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Skillet
  • Cuisine: American
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Description

This salmon Caesar salad is a fantastic weeknight dinner that’s delicious and nutritious! Made with simple ingredients + ready in 30 minutes.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 8 oz. baguette
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • sea salt
  • 3 hearts of romaine lettuce (about 68 cups sliced)
  • 1 lb. salmon filet
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • shredded parmesan cheese for serving

Caesar Salad Dressing

  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. anchovy paste
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 1 tsp. dijon mustard
  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil


Instructions

  1. Make croutons. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Tear half of baguette (about 4 ounces) into small pieces. Drizzle with olive oil and season with sea salt. Bake for about 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown. Set aside.
  2. Make dressing. Mince garlic and anchovy paste so that it forms a paste. Add a pinch of salt and use the side of your knife to scrape this together so that you don’t have big chunks of garlic. Place into a jar. Add egg yolk, lemon juice, dijon, and oil to jar. Shake until emulsified.
  3. Wash and dry lettuce. Thinly slice.
  4. Cook salmon. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet to medium-high heat and place salmon, skin side up and cook for 4 minutes, flip over and cook another 2-3 minutes more, until cooked through.
  5. Assemble salad. In a large salad bowl, toss together lettuce and dressing. Top with shredded parmesan cheese, croutons, and salmon. Top with freshly cracked pepper.


Notes

  • Grilled salmon directions: Preheat grill to medium-high. Prepare foil pan, drizzle salmon with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place skin side down and grill for 6 minutes. Carefully flip over and grill another 4-5 minutes, or until cooked thorough and flakes easily. It should reach 145 degrees F.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 536
  • Sugar: 3.5 g
  • Sodium: 1506.7 mg
  • Fat: 26.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 39.7 g
  • Fiber: 3.8 g
  • Protein: 36.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 108.9 mg

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