Smoky Summer Salad with Lime-Crusted Salmon


Hands holding a bowl of our smoky summer salad with lime-crusted salmon

Summertime calls for quick, fresh, and satisfying meals that don’t require turning on the oven — and this salad hits all those marks! Flavorful, crispy salmon, fiber-packed black beans, and crunchy, colorful greens pair perfectly with our go-to 5-Minute Smoky Chipotle Dressing and Peach Cucumber Salsa. Prepare your tastebuds for major deliciousness!

This 30-minute meal is rich in protein, antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals and is the answer for a nourishing lunch or dinner, especially on warm summer days. Let us show you how it’s done!

Smoky chipotle dressing, peach cucumber salsa, black beans, limes, salmon, corn starch, brown rice flour, salt, romaine, avocado oil, and cabbage

If you’ve got a thing for crispy coated fish like we do, this recipe is going in your rotation. Brown rice flour, cornstarch, lime zest, salt, and optional garlic powder combine for a zesty, flavorful “breading” for the salmon.

Zested limes around a bowl of lime zest, brown rice flour, garlic powder, salt, and corn starch

We dip the salmon into lime juice for extra brightness, then dip in the zesty breading to achieve a light coating.

Salmon filets dipped in lime juice and a lime breading

Next, we cook the salmon filets in a hot skillet until they turn light pink and develop a crispy exterior.

Using tongs to flip salmon filets in a skillet

For the salad base, we went with romaine and red cabbage for crunchiness and added black beans for fiber and satisfaction. Almost any greens would be delicious, so feel free to sub in whatever you have around.

Finish off the dish by topping the salad with salmon, peach (or mango) salsa, and our 5-Minute Smoky Chipotle Dressing. Swoon!

Adding dairy-free chipotle lime dressing to a salad

We hope you LOVE this summer salad with salmon. It’s:

& SO delicious!

We love this recipe any time we’re craving something quick, nourishing, and flavorful. It’s loaded with protein, fiber, antioxidants, and almost all the vitamins and minerals, including vitamin K, B vitamins, potassium, and selenium.

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Flaky salmon filet on a salad

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

Servings 4 (Bowls)

Course Entree, Salad

Cuisine Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free

Freezer Friendly No

Does it keep? 1-2 Days


  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 4 Tbsp lime zest (4 medium limes yield ~4 Tbsp zest)
  • 1/2-3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder (optional)
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice (1 large lime yields ~3 Tbsp juice)
  • 4 (4-6 oz.) salmon filets, skin and bones removed
  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil (for cooking fish)
  • SALAD: If using homemade dressing and peach salsa (both recommended), prepare them at this time and set aside. In a large serving bowl, combine the lettuce, cabbage, and black beans (optional) and toss to combine. Set aside.
  • SALMON: In a medium-sized shallow bowl or dish, combine the brown rice flour, cornstarch, lime zest, salt, and garlic powder (optional). Whisk to fully combine and ensure there are no clumps of lime zest. Set nearby.

  • In a separate shallow bowl, add the lime juice and set nearby. Then get a large dinner plate and set it near the stove for the cooked salmon.

  • Heat oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is hot and shimmering, start the salmon assembly line. Take one salmon filet and place it in the lime juice, flip it once or twice to evenly coat. Lift it up gently and let excess lime juice drip off, then place it in the flour/zest mixture. Press down gently on the top of the salmon, then flip and press once or twice until it is evenly coated in the mixture. Lift it and gently shake off excess flour, then immediately place into the hot skillet.

  • Cook the salmon for 2-4 minutes on each side, or until the internal temperature reads 145 F (63 C). When the salmon is cooked, set it aside on a plate to cool slightly. Repeat with the remaining salmon.

  • To assemble the bowls, divide the greens/beans between bowls and top each with chipotle dressing and peach salsa. Add a salmon filet to each bowl, and enjoy!

  • Best when fresh, but leftovers will keep stored separately in the fridge for up to 1-2 days. Not freezer friendly.

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with the lesser amount of salt, with 4-ounce salmon filets, and without optional ingredients (black beans or garlic powder).
*We tested this using our DIY Gluten-Free Flour Blend and while it was good, we liked the lightness and crispiness of the brown rice flour and cornstarch much more!

Serving: 1 bowl Calories: 418 Carbohydrates: 27.7 g Protein: 28.8 g Fat: 22.7 g Saturated Fat: 3.6 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 5.4 g Monounsaturated Fat: 12 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 63 mg Sodium: 408 mg Potassium: 1063 mg Fiber: 4.8 g Sugar: 7.4 g Vitamin A: 6561 IU Vitamin C: 37 mg Calcium: 79 mg Iron: 3 mg


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