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Seared Salmon With Smoky Squash Salad

This dish is the catch of the day! Delectably seared salmon is served alongside a smoky and savory squash salad. It's a light and refreshing meal that's as beautiful to look at as it is delicious to eat.

Tasty Team
91% would make again


for 12 servings

Seared Salmon

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup maple syrup (85 g)
  • ¼ cup lemon juice (60 mL)
  • ¼ cup olive oil (60 mL)
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 6 oz salmon fillet (170 g), 6 fillets, skin on, patted dry
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

Smoky Squash Salad

  • 15 oz chickpeas (425 g), 2 cans, drained, rinsed and dried
  • ½ cup olive oil (120 mL), divided
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • ½ cup tahini (120 mL)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup (85 g)
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • ½ cup lemon juice (120 mL)
  • 1 lb kale (455 g), stemmed and sliced
  • 2 cups barley (400 g), cooked
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup chopped pecans (60 g), toasted

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 492
  • Fat 22g
  • Carbs 63g
  • Fiber 12g
  • Sugar 14g
  • Protein 13g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. In a small bowl, combine the garlic, maple syrup, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Brush the marinade over the salmon fillets. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the fridge for 1 hour.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine the chickpeas, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the smoked paprika, turmeric, pepper, cumin, salt, cayenne, and cinnamon. Toss to combine. Set aside.
  5. Add the butternut squash and sweet potatoes to a baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Bake for 1 hour, or until the vegetables are soft.
  6. Pour the spiced chickpeas onto a second sheet pan and spread out into an even layer. Toss to coat. Bake for 40 minutes, or until chickpeas are browned and crispy.
  7. In a liquid measuring cup or small bowl, combine the tahini, maple syrup, garlic, lemon juice, remaining ¼ cup of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Whisk well.
  8. In a large bowl, add the chopped kale, roasted squash and sweet potatoes, barley, roasted chickpeas, shallot, pecans, and tahini dressing. Toss to combine.
  9. Heat the canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat. In batches, sear the salmon skin-side down for 3 minutes, then flip and cook on the other side for 3 minutes.
  10. Arrange the salad on a platter and top with the seared salmon.
  11. Enjoy!
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