Most any type of wild caught salmon works in this salad, but sockeye salmon is definitely my favorite. Salmon contains a large amount of antioxidants, and the darker pink the flesh, the more antioxidants–as long as it is wild caught.
The pigment that helps to make salmon’s flesh pink is astaxanthin. Astaxanthin lowers C-reactive protein (CRP), which measures inflammation in blood vessels, and your risk for heart attacks and strokes.
Astaxanthin may just be the best antioxidant for DNA protection. It’s 6,000 times more effective than vitamin C, 800 times more effective than CoQ10 and 550 times more effective than vitamin E or green tea.
The effect astaxanthin has on DNA is rather amazing. DNA is damaged by free radicals when you’re exposed to things like pollution, smoke, radiation and processed food. In one study, DNA damage dropped by 43% after subjects took astaxanthin supplements.
Wild caught salmon is especially rich in omega 3’s and the health benefits from this mega nutrient are endless! Salmon is also a great source of easily digestible protein, niacin, B6, B12, selenium, phosphorus and magnesium.
Eating salmon even twice a week may help raise omega 3 levels as effectively as taking daily fish oil supplements. And those healthy fats in salmon help burn body fat, contribute to a healthy heart, protect against strokes, reduce inflammation in the body, fight cancer, improve asthma, protect your eyesight, and more.
Eating a diet high in astaxanthin and omega 3 fats protects skin against sunburn and wrinkles. The omega 3’s in salmon lift your mood and fight depression, improve memory and learning ability, and help with disorders like ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). Healthy fats in salmon and other wild caught cold water fish also help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
2 cans (6.5 oz each) canned sockeye salmon, drained and chunked
3 Tbsp organic mayo (see recipe below to make your own)
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp capers, drained
1/3 cup finely chopped fennel root
1/3 cup finely diced red onion
Pinch of organic black pepper
1 Tbsp chopped fresh dill or 1/2 – 1 teaspoon dried organic dill weed
4-6 large leaves green or red leaf lettuce
Drain salmon and discard skin and any bones (if desired). In a medium bowl, combine ingredients. Add salmon and stir gently to combine.
Lay out lettuce leaves and place a scoop of salmon salad on each leaf. Serves 2-4.
A Healthier Mayonnaise
1 whole (fresh, organic) egg
2 egg yolks
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp lemon juice
Sea salt to taste
¼ tsp white pepper or black pepper
2/3 cup Udo’s Choice Oil or extra virgin olive oil
Combine the eggs, mustard, lemon juice, salt and white pepper in your blender or food processor. Then with the blender or food processor running on a low speed, start adding the oils very slowly. Start out with drops and then work up to about a small stream. It takes about 5 minutes to accomplish this, but the end result is worth it! Continue blending until all the oil is incorporated.
Makes about 1½ cups. Refrigerate to thicken. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
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Catherine (Cat) Ebeling RN BSN, is a back to basics diet and nutrition specialist. In addition to her advanced degree in nursing from a major medical school, she has spent the last 30 years intensely studying diet, health and nutrition. She also has a book titled “The Fat Burning Kitchen, Your 24 Hour Diet Transformation” that has sold over 60,000 copies worldwide, and has helped thousands of people transform their lives, lose weight and improve their health.
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