Recipe: Pan-Seared Salmon Citrus Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

pan seared salmon citrus salad

In less than 30 minutes this delectably flaky dish could be your new go-to lunch or dinner for a busy weekday! This summery recipe brings all the fresh flavors of the season together with the mouthwatering zing of the citrus salmon. It only takes minutes to sear the fish, so prepping this delicious meal won't cut into your hectic day. With all the healthy omega-3 benefits of the salmon, this salad will fill you right up and give you the energy you need to get through the rest of your day.

Pan-Seared Salmon Citrus Salad pre cooked salmon

Pro tip: If you eat this salad without the Citrus Vinaigrette dressing, you can cut 129 calories! The salad alone with no dressing comes in at 250 calories, 9 grams of fat, 14 carbs and 5 SmartPoints. Each tablespoon of dressing is 43 calories and 2 SmartPoints.

Pan-Seared Salmon Citrus Salad photo before completing salad

Recipe: Pan-Seared Salmon Citrus Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 6-8 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Serving size: ¼ of salad + 3 tablespoons Citrus Vinaigrette


  • 4 (4-ounce) salmon fillets (with or without skin)
  • ½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (about half of a lemon)
  • 8 cups mixed salad greens
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 small cucumber, seeded and diced
  • 3 tablespoons rinsed and chopped capers
  • 1 cup PopChips, crushed
  • ¼ cup reduced-fat Feta cheese crumbles

Citrus Vinaigrette:

  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup orange juice (You could also use a combination of orange juice, grapefruit juice, and lime juice)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ tablespoon stevia (or your favorite no-calorie sweetener)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. Leave the salmon at room temperature for 10 minutes before cooking, and pat dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture. Squeeze the lemon juice over both sides the salmon filets, then season both sides with salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and salmon (skin side down if using skin-on fillets).
  3. Immediately reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for about 4 minutes before flipping and cooking an additional 1 minute on the opposite side. The cooking time will vary depending on how thick the salmon is cut. Cook until the internal temperature reads 145° F, then remove from heat.
  4. To make the vinaigrette: In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the vinegar, citrus juice, Dijon mustard, stevia, salt, and black pepper. Slowly whisk in the oil until the vinaigrette comes together (emulsifies).
  5. To plate: Layer 2 cups of mixed greens, and evenly distribute the diced tomatoes, cucumber, capers, chips, and Feta cheese. Place 1 salmon fillet on top and leave whole, or break up into large pieces. If the skin was on, easily scrape it off the cooked fillets with the back of a spoon or thin spatula.
  6. Drizzle each plated salad with 3 tablespoons of the Citrus Vinaigrette.

Nutrition Information
Per Serving: (¼ of recipe + 3 tablespoons Citrus Vinaigrette)
Calories: 380
Calories from fat: 200
Fat: 23g
Saturated Fat: 4g
Cholesterol: 56mg
Sodium: 785mg
Carbohydrates: 16g
Fiber: 2g
Sugar: 5g
Protein: 27g
SmartPoints: 9

3.1 The nutrition content of recipes on have been calculated by Registered Dietitian, Jessica Penner, of Smart Nutrition.