March 16, 2013

Pan-fried Salmon with a Creamy Meyer Lemon Avocado Dressing (egg/dairy-free)

Since I did the Whole30® with autoimmune protocol which eliminates things like nuts, nightshades, and eggs, I've gained greater compassion for those that can't eat eggs. I've been enjoying finding new ways to eat certain foods without eggs, even though I am eating them again. And since I'm obsessed with avocado, it seems like the best option for replacing a creamy element, especially mayo (like in these salmon cakes and remoulade). So for a creamy dressing...well, why not?

Pan Fried Salmon with Creamy Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

Did you notice that my Meyer lemon vinaigrette looked a little green my Brussels sprouts post -- the one picture below? Well, it was. When I made the vinaigrette for the Brussels sprouts I took half of it and added some avocado to make it creamy. Somehow I used the wrong one for the photo. Oh well. This time it didn't come out quite as green but was definitely creamier. It does still have a little bit of a green hue. But who cares about all that? What does it taste like?

Creamy Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette (egg/dairy-free)

I whipped this up again to see how much avocado to use. Plus, I decreased the olive oil a little from the regular vinaigrette.

Results? Eat-it-off-the-spoon good. Seriously.

Oh, and I finally got that zester so I easily added some lemon zest to my vinaigrette. Buying this zester -- best decision I've ever made.  

Creamy Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette (egg/dairy-free)

If eating this off the spoon is weird, put it on some salmon (which was really good too). I used a frozen salmon fillet, but you can use fresh (and it would probably taste better). Or just dump this dressing on a salad or even some eggs. And if you want the regular version of the Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette, check out this post.

Pan-fried Salmon with a Creamy Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

Pan-fried Salmon with a Creamy Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette
Serves 4 (Slightly adjusted July 2013)

What you need:

4 wild-caught salmon fillets
1-2 tbsp fat/oil for frying
1/4 - 1/3 cup Meyer lemon juice (2-3 lemons)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 avocado
1 tsp fresh rosemary or other herb (1/4 dried)
1 tsp lemon zest

1 small garlic clove, crushed, optional
salt & pepper, 1/4 - 1/2 tsp or to taste (omit pepper for AIP)
1 tsp mustard or 1/4 tsp ground (optional, omit for AIP)
Water if need to thin dressing

optional: 1 tsp honey

How to make:

Add olive oil, avocado, lemon juice (I use 1/3 cup for a strong lemon taste), zest (I use this zester), mustard, herbs to a blender or food processor. Process until creamy. Adjust flavor as needed. Add water to adjust consistency of the dressing if necessary. Add salt and pepper to taste (I use pinch pepper and 1/4 tsp salt). Put vinaigrette in refrigerator while you cook your fish. Makes about 3/4 cup. (Add 1/2 tsp or more honey to taste if needed.)

Melt oil/fat (I use butter or coconut oil) over medium-high heat. Dry the salmon with a paper towel and sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides. Add salmon to hot skillet, skin-side down. Reduce heat to med-low and fry for 4-5 minutes until skin is crispy (and easily pulls away from the pan). I like to press mine down with a spoon or my fingers to ensure the skin cooks evenly. Flip salmon and cook another 1-2 minutes or until preference.

Time will vary depending on thickness of salmon and your preferred doneness (frozen takes about 6-8 on first side and other 3-4 after flipped). Salmon should be pink, feel slightly firm and easily flake with a fork. Spread a spoonful of vinaigrette on a plate, place the salmon on top and drizzle more vinaigrette on top (use as much or as little for your own taste).

  • For mixing the vinaigrette, it's easier to use a food processor or blender (than by hand) with the avocado. If you choose not to use one, you must whip it. And whip it good
  • I used fresh rosemary because it's what I had on hand. Dill or thyme would be other good options. 
  • Don't want to cook 4 salmon? Do as many as you need, even one, and save the vinaigrette for other uses.  
  • Like I said with the regular Meyer lemon vinaigrette recipe, you can use regular lemon. If taste is too tart, you can add a tsp or so of honey to taste if desired.
Pan-fried Salmon with a Creamy Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette (egg/dairy-free)

Since you are supposed to be eating all kinds of green food for St. Patrick's Day, here are some other green options from my site:

And you might want to check these out too:

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  1. Whip it good! LMAO
    This is on my list of food to make this weekend, along with my weekly jar of mayo. I may try adding mayo instead of avo? Since I do eat eggs (and must, really, since I get between 4 and 7 a day from my hens!) Anyway I envision eating this on EVERYTHING, it looks so delicious and a friend from school brought me a ton of lemons last week (in exchange for... eggs!!)

    1. Haha glad someone got that ;) And oh yes, you can definitely use mayo. I meant to make note of that. You may not need as much mayo to make it creamy though. Let me know how you like it. I think I'm going to be pouring this over everything! Oh and I might just try to make mayo this weekend as well. Going to do it by hand so wish me luck!

  2. Yummy!!! This looks delicious .....can't wait to make it this weekend. Got some meyer lemons from a sweet friend and wasn't sure what to do with them. Ready to "whip it good" lol

    1. Great, Mae, I hope you like it! I love Meyer lemons! If you use avocado (you can use mayo), whip it real good.

  3. Thanks for the recipe! I made this and it was delicious!! I couldn't find Meyer lemons around here so had to use regular lemons. I did add a little honey to it and it was awesome. I haven't tried it with the salmon yet, but did have on my salad and was a nice change up from my regular dressing. I will be making this often:-)

    1. Glad you liked it, Marie! I love it on salads as well! Thanks for your comment.


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