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Buttered Salmon & Summer Salad

Summer salad with homemade buttermilk dressing and salmon on a white decorative plate.

Inspired by the latest issue of Food Network magazine, I wanted something fresh and delicious.

My husband just caught a beautiful salmon. As you might already know, my husband is not a big fish eater, but this salmon was so good that even he had a big piece of it. I am not sure why, but it seems that when he catches the fish that has just come from the ocean (into the rivers) it does not have the ‘fishy’ smell that other fish, caught further down stream do. So this was definitely a meal that my daughter and I have really enjoyed while my husband was out catching more fish.I have just made some clarified butter the day before, so I used it to sear this fish, which gave it a very … deep buttery flavor. To compensate for the butter, I paired it with a fresh salad made with home made buttermilk dressing.
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Salmon & Summer Salad

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This buttery salmon is juicy, tender, and full of fresh flavors that comes together perfectly with a delicious summer salad with this creamy delicious homemade buttermilk dressing.

Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin
Course: lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: salmon, summer salad
Calories: 307 kcal
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


Salmon Fillet

  • 4-5 tablespoons clarified butter
  • 1 Head Red leaf Butter Lettuce
  • 1 cup yellow cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 5 radishes thinly sliced
  • 1/2 sweet onion thinly sliced into half circles
  • Lemon slices for garnish


  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tablespoon dry parsley
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder or 1 clove of pressed garlic
  • 1 tablespoons shredded aged parmesan cheese
  • Pinch of Cayene Pepper
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste


  1. Take the salmon out 30 minutes before planning to cook.
  2. When ready to cook, slowly heat the clarified butter in a non stick skillet (over low heat).
  3. Cut the salmon to serving size portions and sprinkle with crushed Sea salt and powdered garlic, all over.
  4. When the butter almost reaches smoke point, carefully place the salmon into the pan skin side down and turn the heat to medium. If you have thick pieces like mine, let it brown from all 4 sides, about 2-3 minutes per side (depending on the size of your fish), covering the pan with a lid.
  5. Combine 2/3 cup buttermilk, 1 Tbsp mayo, 1/2 tbsp dry parsley, 1/2 tbsp garlic powder, 1 tbsp parmesan cheese, a pinch of cayenne pepper, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix with a whisk, to make a smooth dressing.

  6. Cut your lettuce to desired pieces and combine with the rest of the vegetables. Toss to combine.
  7. Put the salad on each individual plate and drizzle with the prepared dressing.
  8. Line about 3 lemon slices on the plate, to serve as garnish under the salmon fillets.
  9. Put the pan seared fish on top of the lemon slices.
  10. Serve right away.
Nutrition Facts
Salmon & Summer Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 307 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 116mg5%
Potassium 657mg19%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 860IU17%
Vitamin C 15.5mg19%
Calcium 103mg10%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Welcome to Let the Baking Begin! I'm Marina and my love and passion for eating only the most delicious foods drive me to share that love here on Let the Baking Begin (since 2009). With over 20 years of experience in the kitchen, you know the recipes are tested and retested until perfect. I'm so happy to have you here. Enjoy! Read more...

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