Sesame Salmon with Dill Orzo Salad

This recipe is fairly easy to make, delicious and tasty, and perfect for taking as a lunch! I eat the salmon cold, but it can be heated up as well, and tossed over the salad. The salad is made with all myriad of different vegetables, and for the dressing I lightly coated it with olive oil and lemon juice. BUT the secret is in the herbs which are dill and Italian parsley. Surprisingly the dill worked perfectly in this salad (my extent of using dill is for roasted potatoes and on chips!) but mixed with the salad made a wonderful combination. If you don’t like salmon, then switch it out for another protein, or simply add eggs or some beans to the salad.

Sesame Salmon with Dill Orzo Salad
Recipe Type: Lunch
Author: Beverley Cheng
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Serves: 3 servings
  • Salmon
  • 18 oz salmon
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • Salad
  • 1 head romaine lettuce chopped
  • 1 head of broccoli chopped
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup orzo (measured dry, and cooked)
  • 1/2 bunch dill, chopped finely
  • 1/2 bunch Italian parsley, chopped finely
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • salt and pepper
  1. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a sauce pan over low to medium heat. While the oil is heating up, sprinkle both sides of the salmon with sesame seeds.
  2. Place the salmon on the pan, (yes with sesame seeds down). Cook on one side for about 4 minutes or until the salmon is starting to look cooked halfway through
  3. While the salmon is cooking, combine all vegetables for the salad into a large bowl.
  4. In a separate pot, boil the orzo with water and cook until tender. Drain and set aside
  5. Flip the salmon over (the sesame seeds may be a little burnt, but thats okay!) and finish cooking on the other side. About 4 to 5 minutes or when the fish flakes
  6. Whisk together the 2 tbsp olive oil and lemon juice and salt and pepper.
  7. Mix the cooled down orzo with the salad, and toss with the dressing.
As I said, this salad is perfect to take to work, or eat right away! The salmon can be left could, or warmed up. The choice is up to you!


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