Salmon Caesar Pasta Salad

After a heavy (guilt-free) weekend celebration of giving thanks I almost looked forward to getting back to the norm.  Planning my meals and grocery trip for the week on our drive home was almost a beating- I was worn out on food period.  So- it was natural that I chose to create my meals around the less heavy fare for this week.  I based this salad around one that I’ve had at popular restaurants once or twice- Chicken Caesar Salad.  But, instead of a creamy based salad dressing, usually running the calorie tally up to 900-1,000, I left out the mayo and eggs and made a Caesar vinaigrettedressing- I also changed up the proteins and added some whole grains to round it out to a wholesome meal.

Salmon Caesar Pasta Salad
2 (6oz) salmon filet, about 1-in thick
1 teaspoon lemon pepper
4 cups Romaine lettuce
3 cups penne pasta, cooked (about 6 oz)
1 (15 oz) can Hearts of Palm, salad cut

3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, shredded
Casear Vinaigrette Dressing:
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon parmesan cheese, shredded
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons Worchestershire sauce
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 garlic cloves
1 slice centercut bacon

Sprinkle salmon evenly with lemon pepper. Place on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Broil 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. Let stand 5 minutes; slice evenly into 4 (3oz) portions.  Combine pasta, Romaine, hearts of palm, and 3 tablespoons parmesan in a medium bowl; toss well.

To prepare vinaigrette, combine oil and next 8 ingredients (oil through garlic) in a bowl, or food processor. Add 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese.  Pulse or whisk until combined and cheese broken down. Add in crumbled bacon. To serve: Pour dressing over salad; arrage on 4 plates, top with salmon filet.

Nutrition Information
Serves 6, about 2 cups each
Calories: 428
Fat: 21 g
Carbohydrate: 34 g
Fiber: 6.5 g
Protein: 29 g


  1. This looks so great! I need some lighter meals like this after all of the cookies I've been eating :)

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