salmon sandwich with pesto avocado spread


So. This sandwich?

SO good.

I’m starting to think no matter what the preparation is, Copper River salmon is going to be delicious. Every way we’ve eaten it so far has been absolutely perfect and this was no exception.

Avocado is mashed with pesto, spread over fresh ciabatta bread, and then topped with a luscious piece of salmon. The flavors are incredible.

It isn’t exactly the easiest sandwich to eat, but I promise that you won’t even care. The ultra-rich, plentiful good fats and food favorites completely make up for it.


Salmon Sandwich with Pesto Avocado Spread

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 mintues

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Keywords: entree sandwich high protein salmon


Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 1 avocado
  • 3 Tbsp prepared pesto
  • 4 ciabatta buns
  • 4- 4oz. pieces of salmon
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • greens if desired


Stir pesto into smashed avocado and set aside.

Remove skin from salmon and season with salt and pepper.

Heat pan to medium-high heat and add butter to coat pan.

Add salmon to hot pan, cooking for about 4 minutes.

Flip over and cook on other side for another 2-3 minutes, until salmon is cooked through.

Divide avocado spread between the 4 buns.

Top with piece of salmon.

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salmon tartare

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My second shipment of Copper River Salmon arrived last week and let me just say – I wish salmon season was year-round. I’m not sure that I’ve ever had salmon so fresh and so delicious.

Even though I’ve always wanted to make a fish tartare – I’ve always been a little apprehensive. Partly because my Food Microbiology Professor frightened us with horrible stories of raw fish and partly because eating raw fish at home seems a little scary. But I’m never one to live in fear, so it was time to try it out. I searched for recipes online and took a little bit from here and a little bit from there to create this salmon tartare plus avocado that is absolutely delicious and full of good fats.

The salmon tartare is bursting with flavor and is pretty addictive alongside salty tortilla chips and a chilled beverage.

So. Go get yourself some ultra-fresh salmon and make some tartare this summer! It is the perfect lunch, or afternoon snack and is everything I look for in food – exciting flavors, somewhat healthy, a little pretty and super simple.

Salmon Tartare

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Keywords: raw appetizer side snack gluten-free high protein salmon summer


Ingredients (4 appetizer servings)

  • 8 oz fresh (as you can get) salmon fillet (skin and bones removed)
  • 3/4 cup diced avocado (about 1/2 of a medium sized avocado)
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber (seeds removed)
  • 1 Tbsp diced jalapeno (seeds removed)
  • 2 Tbsp diced shallot
  • 1 tsp ginger, mined or jarred
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp roughly chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp thinly sliced chives
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp oil (grapeseed, canola, etc)
  • salt & pepper
  • tortilla chips or rice crackers for serving


Chill salmon in freezer for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, prep all other ingredients and toss together.

Thinly slice salmon and then cut into small cubes.

Toss together with other ingredients.

Season with salt & pepper to taste.

Serve immediately with tortilla chips or rice crackers.

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copper river salmon

Have you ever heard of Copper River Salmon?

The Copper River Salmon organization fishes the pristine Copper River in Alaska for a few months every year, then ships it all over the country to excited chefs and the guys at the seafood counters. The salmon is some of the best I’ve ever had – full of flavor, gorgeous color and many milligrams of those amazing omega-3 fatty acids!

This year, I’ve partnered with the Copper River Salmon team to track down and locate the stores and restaurants where you can find the prized Copper River Salmon.

Last week I received the first shipment of salmon, so we’ve been eating lots of fresh salmon. It has been absolutely heavenly – I feel so spoiled!

We’ve been keeping things pretty simple and enjoying…

  • Butter Roasted Salmon from Mark Bittman (butter + salt + pepper in the oven)
  • Salmon Ceasar Salads + Avocado Dressing from Laurens Latest
  • Salad Greens + Miso Asian Dressing + Salmon + Fried Egg (sounds crazy, tasted amazing)


So head out to your local stores and restaurants and get some Copper River Salmon while it is here! I promise you’ll thank me. Be sure to let me know where you find it and you can upload it, or I’ll upload the locations for you.

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Disclaimer: I received salmon from Copper River Salmon free of charge, but did not receive any monetary compensation for my opinions. 

daily eats: 5.14.12

Hey Friends! I’m here with another post of daily eats! I mentioned that I’ve been getting more into raw foods again (happens every spring/summer) which is why you’ll see some more raw foods than normal added into the day.


Morning: For some reason this morning I didn’t feel like coffee so I had some green tea.

Breakfast 1: I got out the juicer (hadn’t used it since we moved to California) and made a lovely green juice. This one contained: cucumber, celery, pear, lemon and spinach. Juicing pros: what leafy greens produce the most juice? I didn’t seem to get much from the spinach…

Breakfast 2: 1/2 pear leftover from juice + almond butter

Workout: I took a 75 minute yoga class and it was perfect – really tough, but in a good way. Some of the people in my yoga classes are amazing and I kind of stare with my mouth open at the ways they can move their body. Someday?

Lunch: Was supposed to be an amazing salad, but my avocado decided it wasn’t quite ripe yet, so I was only able to use a small piece of it. This salad, though not perfect, was still delicious. A bed of herb green mix was topped with tomatoes, goat cheese and seasoned with balsamic + olive oil + salt & pepper.

On the side I had some carrots and celery + hummus and olive tapenade.

Snack 1: bowl of hail merry grawnola + coconut milk

Snack 2: scoop of impromptu ice cream while we were at the bike shop.

Dinner: teriyaki quinoa from Eat, Drink & Be Vegan + shrimp + bok choy. I’m clearly still on a quinoa kick, and this was a fun and flavorful way to have it for dinner.

 With a few bites of cookie and some good old crime drama on TV, I called it a day. My Mom is arriving today and I couldn’t be more excited to see her!