Did you see that episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta (come on, you can admit to watching it) when Kenya, in hopes of getting her beau to propose to her, “cooks” a special dinner by microwaving a meal from Trader Joe’s and telling him how hard she worked on it?
Well, minus the whole lying about the work part, I have to confess that is often my style of cooking. On nights when I don’t get home until after 7 and I am starving, even a 30 minute meal is too much work.
But unlike Kenya from RHOA, I like to brag about how easy a delicious meal was. So this is one of my favorite go-to healthy meals. I didn’t do too good of a job of taking pictures because I was too busy salivating and whispering, oh salad, get in ma belly…
Blackened Salmon Caesar Salad, Trader Joe’s Style
What you need are the fillets of Cajun style salmon, a bag of Caesar salad mix, and a container of mini sugar plum tomatoes.
I usually just grill up the fillets in a pan for about 5-6 minutes on each side. While they’re grilling, I cut the tomatoes into halves. Then I mix the dressing with the lettuce, tomatoes, croutons, and parmesean cheese. Once the salmon is ready, I pull it apart with a fork into large chunks, and toss into the salad.
Now, the Cajun salmon has a good kick to it. I add Sriracha or crushed red pepper to almost all of my food, and I thought that the salmon had a good amount of spice, so some may call it extra spicy. The lettuce helps cool down your tongue, though. It makes a big ol’ salad, more than enough for 2, but don’t worry about pigging out on it, because the dressing is lite and the salmon is good for you.
Warning: this salad is highly addictive and you may want it several times a week.