Be Well Kitchen:
Simple Salmon & Quinoa Clean Salad Recipe

Hey there smartie, you know salmon, a light and super mega brain boosting protein, cooks in minutes, with the Vitamin A and C of spinach and the good carbs you need from the quinoa, the perfect combination for a pre-made lunch, a meal on the go as a side dish or a main meal.


  • 2 cups baby spinach or chopped kale greens
  • 2 cups uncooked quinoa
  • 2 – 5 oz salmon fillet ** Frozen fillets are great and convenient and super economical.
  • 1/4  cup  thinly sliced red onion
  • Minimal sea salt to taste
  • ¼ C extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ C balsamic vinegar

For the Clean Green Vinaigrette

Whisk together, ¼ C extra virgin olive oil & ¼ C balsamic vinegar, season with a touch of sea salt as needed.

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Bring water to a boil and cook the quinoa, add a bit of salt to taste, strain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.
  3. While quinoa cooks, sprinkle fillet evenly with sea salt. Place fish on a foil-lined broiler pan coated with a drizzle of olive oil. Broil on high for 10 minutes, until fish is opaque and firm to the touch. Gently break the salmon into a large mixing bowl flaky pieces with a fork.
  4. Toss salmon, quinoa, spinach, red onion and balsamic vinaigrette in a large bowl; toss gently to coat.

A super simple + easy boil, broil, toss and dress salad, saves well for the week and freezes well too! Enjoy deeelish salmon with a simple variety of flavors you already have at home in your pantry!

Candice Kumai is an internationally-renowned wellness writer & chef, described by ELLE magazine as "The Golden Girl of the Wellness World."Candice sits on The Well+Good Council and was recently named one of Arianna Huffington's "Top 20 New Role Models in 2017."Born and raised in California to a Japanese mother and a Polish-American father, Candice grew up in a mixed-culture home - celebrating Japanese traditions and cuisine from a young age.Candice is a five-time, best-selling author of Clean Green Eats, Clean Green Drinks, Pretty Delicious, Cook Yourself Sexy, and Cook Yourself Thin.A Top Chef alumna and Food Network guest, Candice has appeared as a judge on Iron Chef America and Beat Bobby Flay. She contributes to numerous, national wellness and lifestyle publications including ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Bon Appetit, Shape, Yoga Journal, Men's Journal, Wall Street Journal,Candice is a former model, lover of vegan cake baking, matcha, and is a total sneakerhead. Her new book, Kintsugi Wellness, is being published in ten different languages across the globe and her podcast Wabi Sabi is a top-ranked health and wellness podcast.