I often find myself in the kitchen gazing in the cupboards and fridge thinking I could go for a snacker … but, what? I don’t just want junk food, because I ran this morning and am feeling pretty good about myself. But I do want it to be finger food and tasty, and no, not vegetables with a dip. Sorry crudites, you have your time and place, but here and now just isn’t it.
Enter, the 5 minute herbed salmon snacker. And yes, I know that’s not a proper word, but it flies in my house and maybe you’ll invite it into yours as well. Snackers are loosely defined as tasty, quick, satisfying treats that calm the urge to continuously open the fridge/cupboard in search of that elusive “something”. This little snacker is made with a few ingredients I usually have on hand, yet is adaptable depending on your tastes and pantry item availability.
Canned salmon is currently one of my favourite quick food solutions. It’s protein, it’s healthy omega fats, and it’s already cooked and ready to eat. And while I do occasionally eat it drained and straight out of the can, today I wanted something more. I incorporated a few veggies to keep everything in balance, and served it up two ways for optimum snacking satisfaction.
Herbed Salmon Salad
- 2 cans ocean wise certified salmon – gently drained
- 3 medium green onions
- handful of cilantro leaves (about 1/3 cup chopped and loosely packed)
- 3 tablespoons mayo (free range eggs and olive/avocado oil preferred)
- salt and pepper to taste
- pinch of cayenne (optional)
- Finely chop cilantro.
- Thinly slice green onions.
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Season to taste – my salmon was alrady in salted water so I used mostly pepper.
- Top crackers or roll in leaves of choice – here I used white bean crackers and large spinach leaves
This is barely worth calling a recipe – it’s more of a concept with assembly suggestions. I love this snack because I can doctor it with whatever herbs I have on hand, or a bit of shredded carrot/zucchini/cabbage or anything else to adapt to my fridge contents and my palate at the moment. Recipes like this one help me keep balance in my diet when post exercise hunger or after work hangry starts to creep up. It has fairly clean protein, some fats for satiety, carbs to steady blood sugar, and veggies to boost my nutrient intake. Snacking, solved.