Pan-Seared Salmon & Sweet Kale Grain Salad Recipe

Salmon makes a sensible and filling meal, especially when it’s combined with brown rice and sweet kale.


  • 1 Fresh Express Sweet Kale Chopped Kit
  • 1 Cup Brown Rice, Short Grain
  • 2 Cups Vegetable Stock
  • 1 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter
  • Kosher Salt To Taste
  • Ground Black Pepper To Taste
  • 3 – 4 oz. Fillets Salmon Fillets, Skin On, Organic
  • 2 Tbsp. Kosher Salt
  • 2 tsp. Granulated Sugar
  • 2 ½ Tbsp. Canola Oil
  • ¼ tsp. Kosher Salt
  • ¼ tsp. Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Tarragon, Fresh Minced
  • 2 ounces Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  • Pre-heat oven to 375°F.
  • Heat a medium sauce pan to high heat.
  • Add butter and begin to melt the butter. Add the rice to the melted butter. Continue to toast the rice for 1 minute, and stir occasionally until brown rice is coated in butter.
  • In the same sauce pan add vegetable stock and bring the pot to a boil.
  • Reduce the pot to a simmer and cover with a tight-fitting lid and cook for 30 minutes or until brown rice is tender; Chill the rice and reserve.
  • Generously coat the salmon fillets with the salt and sugar. And reserved in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Score skin with a sharp knife. Try to just cut to the flesh and not into the salmon.
  • In a small mixing bowl combine minced tarragon and extra virgin olive oil, and reserve.
  • Gently rinse salmon in cold water and reserve.
  • Heat a medium sauté pan over medium high heat.
  • Add canola oil and heat until the oil begins to smoke.
  • Season salmon with salt and black pepper and Place the fillets, skins side down in the sauté pan.
  • Turn the heat down to medium and continue to cook.
  • With a fish spatula, gently flip over each fillet and continue to pan sear for an additional 1 ½ minutes. Place the pan of salmon in the convectional oven and continue to cook for an additional 3 minutes.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine Fresh Express Sweet Kale Chopped Kit and toss with the dressing and the cheese and toss together until well incorporated.
  • Serve with the warm salmon skin side up and garnish with the tarragon oil drizzled over the top of the salad.
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