Saturday, December 10, 2011

Salmon Avocado Stackers

This week I decided to take inspiration from my own blog for weekly dinners. I haven't gone back and cooked something twice in a long time so I figured it was about time. One of my favorite and quickest recipes is Salmon Avocado Stackers with Avocado Butter and Arugula.  I used Pumpernickel bread last time I made these, but was super excited to try the Arnold Pretzel Rolls I found at the store.
These sandwiches are really simple to make and only involve 6 ingredients + salt and pepper. I think that's pretty impressive.  It's easy to prepare on a busy weeknight and leaves you feeling satisfied without feeling guilty since it's pretty healthy!  I know there's 1 tablespoon of butter and carbs but I think it's a really delicious dinner...
This epitomizes my favorite ingredients- Salmon, Avocado, Arugula, Carbs...

Salmon Stackers with Avocado Butter
(yes there is butter, 1 tablespoon and yes it makes a difference!) 
Pumpernickel Bread Toasted OR Arnold Pretzel Rolls Toasted
1lb of Salmon
1 handful of arugula
1.5 ripe avocados
1 Lemon
1 tablespoon of butter, slightly melted
Salt and Pepper
Toast the Pumpernickel Bread or Pretzel Bread in the toaster. Meanwhile, place a nonstick skillet over medium to high heat.  Spray with cooking spray.  Sprinkle the Salmon with Salt and Pepper and cook until cooked through about 3-6 minutes per side.  (I cooked with skin on and removed it after, or you can choose to remove skin first, either way works) Meanwhile, place the avocados, lemon juice, butter, and some salt in a food processor and give it a whirl.  Process for :30 seconds until smooth.  You may need more or less lemon depending.  Taste as you go!  (You will also probably have extra sauce... I always do!) Take out the bread/roll out of the toaster and spread the avocado butter on both sides. Then add pieces of the salmon and arugula and close the sandwich and enjoy!

Serve with a side Arugula salad and dinner is complete in minutes!  Screw 30 minute meals... you can get this on the table in 15, tops.
 I hope I've convinced you to try this sandwich out... I think it has a nice balance to it with the lemon, avocado, arugula and salmon.  The pretzel roll just added more flavor, but any bread of your choosing would work.
What's your GO-TO quick, painless dinner that you can get out on the table in less than 20 minutes?  Show me links!

PS- I'm almost halfway through my pregnancy!


  1. I think you have convinced me. This looks delicious.

  2. mmm, salmon + avocado = fantastic! And what a great way to pack in the healthy fats :) Ironically my go-to super-quick meal also involves fish and avocado. We like to make fish tacos. I use any kind of white fish and give it a quick marinade in some soy sauce, lime juice and southwest seasoning blend. Then I sear it a nonstick skillet. Meanwhile, heat up some tortillas, slice up an avocado, and chop some cilantro. We finish off the tacos with a fruity salsa, like Newman's own peach or pineapple. Yum!

  3. you do not want my recipes but one thing I do make in about 1 min and 30 seconds is brown rice (microwaveable) + tuna in olive oil + parmesan cheese = boom! dinner. I eat it with a side salad which I pour from a bag.

    Can I come eat at your house?

  4. These look awesome. How were the pretzel rolls? I loved the ones I've made before!

  5. Salmon and avocado look like they would probably go very well together!

  6. Although I can't say much about those salmon stackers, I CAN say - congrats on being almost halfway through your pregnancy! I hope that means you're going to start feeling better. :)

  7. These look delicious! My go-to weeknight dinner recipe is pank-mustard baked salmon. Slather salmon with dijon, top with panko that is tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper, and herbs you like. Baked 425 for 10 minutes, done!

  8. ooh, i love salmon and avocado together, so this sounds fabulous! didn't even know they sold pretzel rolls, but i have been meaning to make them... you know, when i find time :-P horray for being halfway, looking good!!

  9. Scrumptious! And hooray for being at 20 weeks!!

    My go-to weeknight dinner is simple ww pasta with a handful of spinach (wilted), a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and a poached egg. LOVE.

  10. Yum, these sound like a fantastic dinner! A little bacon on there would be awesome too :)

  11. This looks great.

    I can't believe you will have a baby so soon.

  12. Ahhh, more pretzel rolls to try!! I am obsessed with the pretzel rolls made at Wegmans, but I will definitely have to try these.

    So you're going to think I'm crazy, but I've never had salmon! I know I know, I better get to the store...

  13. This is exactly what I want right this second! Pretzel rolls are the best!