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Crispy Salmon Caprese Salad

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I love a good chopped salad and this one is a personal favorite! Crispy salmon gets tossed with cucumber, tomatoes, basil, and baby mozzarella balls for one epic and easy salad that’s perfect for spring!

If you have pesto on hand this is delicious with a drizzle of pesto but I tend to like it better with just a splash of quality olive oil, flaky sea salt, and a bit of balsamic vinegar for acid. If you can’t find baby mozzarella no worries, just use any fresh mozzarella cut into bite sized pieces.

Hands-on Overall

Allergy information for Crispy Salmon Caprese Salad

✔  Gluten free
✔  Nut free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Shellfish free

Nutritional values (per serving)

Net carbs5.6 grams
Protein29.5 grams
Fat28.8 grams
Calories407 kcal
Calories from carbs 6%, protein 30%, fat 64%
Total carbs6.5 gramsFiber0.9 gramsSugars4.2 gramsSaturated fat9.7 gramsSodium761 mg(33% RDA)Magnesium44 mg(11% RDA)Potassium638 mg(32% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

  • 1 large salmon fillet (225 g/ 8 oz)
  • 1 large cucumber, chopped (285 g/ 10 oz)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved (285 g/ 10 oz)
  • 225 g baby mozzarella balls (8 oz)
  • 1/2 cup firmly-packed fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided (60 ml/ 2 fl oz)
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar (15 ml)
  • Optional: 1-2 tbsp pesto


  1. First, to cook the salmon place 1 tbsp of olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Once hot place the fish skin side down in the skillet. Cook for about 5 minutes before flipping and continue to cook 3-4 minutes on the other side until the fish easily releases from the pan and is cooked through.
  2. Remove from the skillet, remove the skin, and let cool. Crispy Salmon Caprese Salad
  3. Place the chopped cucumber, tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and remaining olive oil in a large bowl and toss to combine.
  4. Chop the salmon into bite sized pieces and add to the salad tossing gently.
    Crispy Salmon Caprese Salad
  5. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with balsamic. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Crispy Salmon Caprese Salad

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Salmon, wild, raw
0 g11.2 g3.6 g80 kcal
Cucumber, fresh
1 g0.4 g0.1 g9 kcal
Tomatoes, cherry, fresh, sweet varieties
1.9 g0.5 g0.2 g14 kcal
Mozzarella cheese, fresh (for salads)
2 g17.3 g11.3 g181 kcal
Basil, fresh
0 g0.1 g0 g0 kcal
Olive oil, extra virgin
0 g0 g13.5 g119 kcal
Salt, pink Himalayan rock salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0.1 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Balsamic vinegar, dark (excludes sweet, syrupy vinegar)
0.7 g0 g0 g4 kcal
Total per serving
5.6 g29.5 g28.8 g407 kcal

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Lauren Lester
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Lauren Lester

Lauren is a food photographer, recipe developer, and author.

She is the founder of the creative content agency, Healthful Creative. HC specializes in helping food centered brands share their story through recipe development + food photography.

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