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This wonderful combination is a healthy salad recipe that I tend to make quite often because I find it so satisfying yet light at the same time! You can also add or subtract ingredients if you want to add more flavor to this recipe.
Healthy Salad Recipe – Salmon, Pasta and Asparagus
360g boneless skinless salmon fillets
2 bay leaves
5 tablespoons balsamic vinegar/fat-free balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
35g fresh basil leaves
2 cups of cooked pasta
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Low calorie cooking spray
200 g fine asparagus – without the woody tips
35g arugula leaves
10g fresh Parmesan cheese, cut into very thin slices
Place salmon and bay leaves in a small saucepan. Cover with cold water, bring to a boil, then reduce to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.
Drain and discard the bay leaves and set aside until needed.
Meanwhile, place the vinaigrette, lemon juice, and basil in a food processor. Season and blend into a bright green sauce, adding 1 tablespoon warm water if too thick.
Cook pasta according to package directions and drain well. Return to skillet and mix in two-thirds of the seasoning.
Spray a griddle or skillet with low-calorie cooking spray and set over high heat. Cook the asparagus, if necessary in portions, for 3-4 minutes, turning once, until tender and slightly charred.
In a large bowl combine all ingredients and mix well to blend.
Sprinkle with remaining seasoning, divide Parmesan between plates, sprinkle with a pinch of black pepper.
Chill at least 1 hour and up to 6 hours.
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