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Orange Salmon Salad (Paleo, Whole30)


I love cooking with oranges, especially naval orange. It lends a burst of citrusy freshness with a hint of natural sweetness to the dish which often makes me want to go back for more. Honestly, the salad dressing is out of this world. I would drink it straight up if I have no self-control. At some point I was questioning if I’m eating another portion of greens because it was an excuse to have more dressing. 

The marinade for the fish could not be any simpler. Orange, garlic, and thyme go so well together! I’m sure it’ll work well for other kinds of fish or even chicken. Use wild-caught salmon if possible. Yes, it makes a difference. If you have time, package up the fish in the foil and let it sit out in the chiller for the flavours to marry. The aluminium wrapped fish would be perfect for the grill as well!

Orange Salmon Salad

Servings 4


  • 4 x Wild Salmon Fillets about 180g each
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 tbsp. fresh orange juice
  • 1 tbsp. fresh thyme stem removed
  • 1 naval orange sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 400 g of mixed salad greens
  • 1/2 Japanese cucumber sliced
  • 1 large tomato sliced into wedges
  • Salad dressing
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tbsp. orange juice
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 4 tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 200C
  • Prepare a sheets of aluminium foil for wrapping each salmon fillet
  • In a small bowl, mix together garlic, orange juice, and olive oil
  • Season salmon with salt and black pepper
  • Lay 2 slices of orange on aluminium foil
  • Place salmon on top of orange slices and pour prepared sauce over
  • Place another slice of orange on top and loosely seal the package
  • Bake for 15 minutes
  • In another bowl, mix salad dressing together in a tight container, cover and shake until combined/emulsified
  • Toss salad greens with prepared salad dressing to desired taste
  • Serve with baked salmon


You can also add some segmented orange into the salad like I did but it's optional.
You can get wild salmon fillet from The Alaska Guys

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