Brain Power Salad (Spinach Salad with Salmon, Avocado and Blueberries)

January 15, 2014 by Ali

This "Brain Power Salad" (Spinach Salad with Salmon, Avocado and Blueberries) is packed full of delicious ingredients that are great for brain health. Win-WIN.

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I’m back with another brain power recipe! And yes, it’s was inspired by my brain power smoothie. Ok ok, actually I had leftover ingredients and needed to make lunch. :)

But lo and behold, all of the smoothie ingredients translated perfectly into a quick and easy salad, especially when paired with some brain-healthy spinach and smoked salmon and walnuts. Yum, yum, and yum. Although I accidentally forgot to add the walnuts into the salad for the photo — oops! Just pretend they’re there, and then do yourself a favor and add a few to your salad.

Seriously though, this salad was a winner all around. It was full of all sorts of delicious, fresh ingredients, topped with a honey-chia vinaigrette. It took about 10 minutes to pull together, thanks to the brilliance of smoked salmon (although you could also use a cooked salmon filet if you’d like). And I like to think it was all the tastier, just knowing that those ingredients are super healthy for my thinking cap.

So here’s the scoop!

Brain Power Salad (Spinach Salad with Salmon, Avocado and Blueberries) | gimmesomeoven.com

First of all, find a good batch of greens for your base. I went with a new mix I love from Organic Girl called Super Greens. (Not a sponsored post — just a brand I’m enjoying currently!) It’s full of “superfood” greens, including red and green swiss chard, tat soi, arugula and baby spinach. But plain ol’ baby spinach will be delicious too!

Brain Power Salad (Spinach Salad with Salmon, Avocado and Blueberries) | gimmesomeoven.com

Then toss together the base of your salad — greens, smoked salmon, avocado, blueberries, red onion, and walnuts. And then I decided to top mine with some light feta cheese. I don’t know if it’s good for your brain, but it’s sure good. :)

Then whisk together a simple chia honey vinaigrette, and drizzle it on top.

Brain Power Salad (Spinach Salad with Salmon, Avocado and Blueberries) | gimmesomeoven.com

I love how pretty and colorful it turned out! But even more, I loved how it tasted. It really is the best of sweet and savory combined. Definitely a “smart” choice! ;)

Hope you enjoy it!

Brain Power Salad (Spinach Salad with Salmon, Avocado and Blueberries) | gimmesomeoven.com

Brain Power Salad (Spinach Salad with Salmon, Avocado and Blueberries)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients

    Salad Ingredients:
  • 8 ounces smoked salmon, roughly chopped
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 4 cups baby spinach (or mixed greens)
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup light feta or blue cheese crumbles
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • half a red onion, thinly sliced
  • honey chia seed vinaigrette (ingredients below)
  • Honey Chia Seed Vinaigrette Ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Method

To Make The Salad:

Toss all ingredients together until combined. Drizzle or toss with vinaigrette.

To Make The Vinaigrette:

Whisk all ingredients together until combined and emulsified.

If you like this recipe, be sure to check out these other favorites:

Blueberry Avocado Smoothie | gimmesomeoven.com

Brain Power Smoothie (Blueberry Avocado Smoothie)

Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad

filed in Entrees, Salads

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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32 thoughts on “Brain Power Salad (Spinach Salad with Salmon, Avocado and Blueberries)

  1. This looks delicious! Love the idea of throwing blueberries into the mix. Thanks for sharing!

    - Ashley

  2. Fantastic!!!

    I am using “My Fitness Pal” Weight loss plan, what is the nutritional value of this salad?

    - Lee

  3. Thanks for this different idea for salad. It sounds wonderful and I cannot wait to make it.

    - Vicky

  4. This salad is AMAZING! I am already looking forward to eating it again at lunch tomorrow! Thanks for sharing! :)

    - Krystle

  5. This salad is absolutely mouth watering! Just a perfect ingredient combination :)

    - Nutmeg Nanny

  6. The salad is just beautiful! With fruits and veg looking this good, how can anyone say they don’t like vegetables?!?

    - ELizabeth @ Eating Local in the Lou

  7. I’m not much of a salad person, but I said I’d give raw veggies more of a try this year! And salads are a good place to start, right? :) The dressing sounds delicious and the photos are stunning!

    - melinda

  8. The smoked salmon is such an interesting and creative addition to this gorgeous salad. Love!

    - Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

  9. Wow! This salad is wonderful on all levels. I love all the antioxidants going on here.

    - Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits

  10. This salad is a sheer beauty. Loving all the vibrant colours!

    - Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker

  11. I am having complete salad love! Amazing salad!

    - Sommer @ASpicyPerspective

  12. Love how colorful and full of flavor this salad is!

    - Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction

  13. I want to live in this salad bowl. Such a beautiful photo!!

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

  14. Love the colors in this salad!!

    - Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

  15. Loving this vibrant salad Ali!! Mmmm!

    - Jenny Flake

  16. Now, this is my kind of salad! After a week of baking doughnuts, I so need to devour this!

    - Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

  17. This salad looks really good. I love the Honey Chai Vinaigrette dressing. I definitely enjoy making my own salad dressing rather than buying dressing at the store.

    - Kristi

  18. Oh the gorgeous images… so vibrant. just liker his salad. I love the name too! :)

    - Kammie @ Sensual Appeal

  19. Totally love the name of this salad! It makes me feel like I can conquer the world upon eating it!
    Avocados with feta and spinach are some of my favorite salad components, and adding blueberries? That is genius! Such a fresh and bright pop of flavour! Plus, it’s dang purdy!

    - Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness