September 6, 2009

Spiced Rubbed Salmon with Chickpea Salad

tonight's dinner

So tonight might be the night we officially say goodbye to summer round these parts.  As we sat down to eat, a cool breeze hit us and leaves fell all over the back deck.  At one point I contemplated getting a sweater, but I decided to savor this one last time eating outside at night.

Although, this is the Bay Area and we are known for our Indian Summers…so maybe this might be a lil premature. Either way, autumn is coming and I am super excited to start hibernating and make some comfort food!


To celebrate a beautiful day, I made a Sweet & Spicy Rubbed Salmon with a Chickpea Spinach Salad with a Cumin Dressing.

The orange dressing was PERFECT on top of the salmon.

adding the orange dressing on top

I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate!  Soo healthy, refreshing & tasty. I am looking forward to leftovers tomorrow!  I bet it will taste even better.

about to grill

Salmon with Sweet & Spice Rub

(recipe Ellie Krieger- The Food You Crave)

-Cooking spray
-2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
-1 tablespoon chili powder
-1 teaspoon ground cumin
-1/8 teaspoon salt
-1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
– 6- 5 ounce salmon fillets, skin & bones removed
– 1 tablespoon olive oil


Coat your grill with cooking spray and preaheat over medium heat.  While the grill is heating, combine the brown sugar, chili powder, cumin salt & pepper.  Brush each salmon filet with 1/2 teaspoon of oil then rub each fillet evenly with the spice mixture.

Grill salmon, flesh side down, until charred, 4 to 5 minutes.  Flip the salmon and cook for 5-6 minutes for medium doneness.  Transfer to platter and serve immediately.

Chickpea Spinach Salad with Cumin Dressing

(Recipe Ellie Krieger- The Food You Crave)

-1 15 oz. cans chickpeas drained & rinsed
-2 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley
-1/4 cup diced red onions
-2 tablespoons olive oil
-2 tablespoons lemon juice
-1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
-3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
-Pinch cayenne pepper
-Salt &  Pepper to taste
-3 tablespoons plain nonfat yogurt
-1 tablespoon orange juice
-1/4 teaspoon grated orange zest
-1/4 teaspoon honey
-2 cups lightly packed baby spinach leaves
-1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint


In a medium bowl, combine the chickpeas, parsley, & onion. In a seperate bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, oil, lemon zest, cumin, cayenne salt & pepper.  Pour the dressing over the chickpea mixture and toss to coat evenly. In another small bowl, stir together the yogurt, orange juice, orange zest, and honey.

Serve the chickpea salad over a bed of spinach leaves. Top with the yogurt sauce and garnish with mint.

  • jenny

    YUM! that looks amazing, i am forwarding to the mister. he lurves him some salmon.

    fall has hit here too. yesterday, i looked out the window a couple times and saw yellow leaves floating down to the ground. wah! but also, yay for comfort food. i spent the day yesterday laundering a bunch of fall wardrobe- sweatshirts and lightweight sweaters + snuggly pants and such. kinda excited to bundle up!!! and would you believe my mister had a serious hankerin’ for a roast- all day yesterday he kept saying how much he wanted to cook a roast. of course he was just saying how he spent like 4 hours in the kitchen, slavin’ over all this stuff and i swears to ya- we ate dinner in about 12 minutes flat. by the time that roast came out of the oven, dotty was SPENT and henry was so hungry, he inhaled like 2 plates in record time.

    matt says next time, we are shipping them over to my mom’s so that we can at least have a little conversation while we enjoy our meal with a glass of wine. haha!

  • Tracy

    ooh a roast! casey would soooo love it if I made one! Did he follow a recipe for it? And yes, you NEED a lil conversation and some wine! You both deserve it.

    I can’t wait to bundle up too. I am especially excited for clothes layering and scarves! This is my favorite time of year for sure!

  • southern hostess

    What a perfect meal! That salmon looks incredible.

  • Sam@BingeNYC

    Yum yum yum, this entire plate looks so incredibly fresh and delicious. You’ve inspired my dinner for the night!

  • Casey Angelova

    I will be trying this for dinner tonight, although not sure about the spinach… might substitute with another seasonal green!

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