Pomegranate Glazed Salmon Salad and a new kitchen!

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Pacific Grove, CA where I live is little town filled with a mix of cute historic cottage homes, and older homes, like mine (est. 1964), which means we are in perpetual update mode! Over the years we’ve added carpet, bamboo flooring, new windows, fixtures, lighting, and now I can finally add to our never ending list, an updated kitchen!!

My kitchen came with dark blue painted cabinets. I like the color blue, but not so much to be the focus of my kitchen. Right away I repainted the cabinets a cream color, then played with a crackle finish. I made do, and it wasn’t horrible (well, you be the judge), but an update was overdue.

We had a half dozen folks give us ideas and quotes over the years as we searched for the most affordable option. One guy wanted to repaint and add a border (below is the sample he provided us), which was not impressive especially since he never followed up with an estimate. Another suggested stripping the paint to reveal the wood, but that would end up costing quite a bit in labor hours. After years of hemming and hawing, we are on day three of replacing them all!

We had to unload everything in the cabinets; all food items and dishes are now in a walk in pantry, also known as our daughter’s room.

Knowing that during the next week and a half we would be eating sandwiches, microwaved foods, and take-out, I wanted something healthy our last evening that I had full access to the kitchen.

The dish that I saw from I Am Simply Tia, a Pomegranate Glazed Salmon meal that Tia provided for Perks of Cancer as a guest blogger came instantly to mind. Please read that entire entry, it’s an awesome post.

I decided to change it up by serving the salmon on a bed of mixed spring salad greens, adding candied walnuts and gorgonzola cheese.

I followed the marinade exactly. Oh how I love the fresh ginger and garlic combination. I was so anxious to get this plated up, I didn’t marinade the fish for the full hour as recommended, so I cooked it in the sauce to infuse the flavors while cooking.

I savored this healthy meal!

Pomegranate Glazed Salmon Salad

  • 2 salmon filets
  • Spring salad mix of your choice
  • candied walnuts
  • gorgonzola cheese

The glaze is my salad dressing. I doubled the original recipe, and added a little sugar.

For the dressing:

  • 4 tbsp soy sauce (I used reduced salt)
  • 2 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 3 Tablespoons of sugar (your choice, I used brown) Not in original recipe

Simmer all ingredients on medium-high until reduced to about a 1/2 cup. Let cool before tossing it in your salad greens, or just pour enough to cover the salmon.

Makes great leftover lunch too! Yum. Add this to your spring menu list!

Sandra @ The Foodie Affair

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17 Comments on Pomegranate Glazed Salmon Salad and a new kitchen!

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    Simply Tia says:
    March 21, 2012

    Yours is served the way it should have been served. Totally healthy. It looks packed with flavor and just divine!

    Packing away your kitchen must have been torture! How excited are you about the new kitchen?

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      Sandra says:
      March 21, 2012

      The salmon is the star in this dish! So yummy 🙂 Thank you for the inspiration!

      I’m looking forward to my new kitchen and also a little nervous. I hope everything goes smoothly. So many details to work out!

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    March 22, 2012

    Your salad looks simply beautiful – I cannot believe you are temptiong me to eat meat 😛

    Choc Chip Uru

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      Sandra says:
      March 24, 2012

      Oh no!! Avert your eyes, I can’t be responsible for the change in your diet 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, CCU!

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      Sandra says:
      March 24, 2012

      Thanks, Heather! It’s a bigger project than I had originally imagined. I miss my kitchen!!

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    Anita says:
    March 23, 2012

    I am so jeal! I want a new kitchen soooo bad…even just new dishes would be nice.

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      Sandra says:
      March 24, 2012

      It’s a mess now, but soon another “to do” is checked off our long list!

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    Cara says:
    March 23, 2012

    Oh, Sandra . . .

    This dish looks phenomenal!! I am an avid salmon eater and more than that, I have an affinity for all kinds of sauces and dips. This pairing is sublime. Sweet, salty, texture.

    I am not so great in the kitchen, unless of course I have a through recipe in which to follow, but my husband is quite the accomplished cook, so I’m fairly confident I can finagle him into procuring this treat for me!

    By the way, I kind of like the cabinets the way they are 🙂 They have personality for sure.


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      Sandra says:
      March 24, 2012

      Yeah, I do feel a twinge of guilt replacing my cabinets, but not so much to stop me from doing it 🙂

      Do convince your husband to try the Salmon recipe. I’ll be interested to hear if he tweaks the recipe (cooks always do!) and what changes he makes. Have a great weekend!!

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    Sammie says:
    March 27, 2012

    I knew that salmon was delicious!! Congratulations on your new kitchen Sandra!! You’ll be creating lots of beautiful memories there! 🙂

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      Sandra says:
      March 28, 2012

      Oh, thank you, Sam! It’s coming along. I can’t wait to cook my first meal 🙂

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      Sandra says:
      March 28, 2012

      Me too, mama 🙂 I’m glad you stopped by!

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    Cheryl says:
    July 15, 2012

    This looks awesome!! I had to smile when I saw pics of your kitchen being dismantled … I went through that about 2 years ago ..it was rough but so worth it in the end!

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