Instagram Inspired: Salmon Salad

by Meg on May 30, 2013

Good Thursday morning, lovies!

I hope your day is off to a great start already!

It’s bright, sunny, and hot here in London today, so I’ve spent most of my morning outside :)

Lunch time is approaching, though, and I have a strange but good recipe to share with you today! :)


I came up with this recipe after seeing Ali’s Instagram picture of her salmon salad

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The combination of salmon, apples, and cashews that Ali came up with seemed strange to me, but really intrigued me… ;)

So, I made my own version with what I had on hand! :)


Crunchy Spring Salmon Salad

Serves 1

2 – 3 cups baby spinach leaves

1 apple, chopped

1 filet of salmon, cooked and flaked

1 handful cashews

a couple of spoonfuls of cottage cheese


I’ve really been reducing the amount of time I spend on Instagram, but this is an example of how I want to use it – as a source of inspiration.

Instead of seeing pictures of people, their meals, etc. and comparing myself, my life, and my way of eating to theirs, I was able to use Ali’s salad as an inspiration to create my own. Definitely a better way to put Instagram to good use!

The reason that this salad is considered strange but good is because I have never paired salmon and apples together! Also, even though using cottage cheese as a salad dressing is one of my favourite things to do may seem strange to others! 

Is this salad strange to you? 

What is your favourite fruit and meat pairing?

Lots of love,

Meg xo

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Tara @I'm Fit Possible May 30, 2013 at 11:41 AM

This looks interesting, but I can picture it tasting absolutely yummy!!! What a fun little creation!
xo Tara


Annette Perkins (@FitnessPerks) May 30, 2013 at 12:39 PM

I love salmon & apples together!! :)


De @ Cooking for the Other Half May 30, 2013 at 1:21 PM

That looks like a good combination!!! I love adding fruits to salad — especially strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, but sometimes I even do sliced pears, watermelon, or apples. Basically any fruit, haha!


Meg June 5, 2013 at 7:18 PM

yummmmm!!!! I need to try pears in my salad


Alyssa @ Road to RD May 30, 2013 at 1:45 PM

I really wish I liked salmon. I’ve seen so many interesting recipes with salmon in it lately!


Tiff May 30, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Sounds good to me! I like apple with my tuna, so why not salmon? :)


Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin May 30, 2013 at 2:50 PM

This definitely does sound strange but I would try it! I am not a HUGE salmon fan, but I like it sometimes if I’m in the mood. I love roasted grapes and chicken together!


Meg June 5, 2013 at 7:19 PM

yummm haven’t done roasted grapes yet! have to!


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 30, 2013 at 3:36 PM

I love fruit with salmon! My favorite combo ever was peaches, greek yogurt, pepitas, and salmon. Mmmm!


Meg June 5, 2013 at 7:19 PM

i MUST try that sis


Purelytwins May 30, 2013 at 4:44 PM

salmon and cashews – that sounds like something we would love to try!!
yum yum


Meg June 5, 2013 at 7:19 PM

you would love it ;)


Sarah May 30, 2013 at 5:46 PM

I think this looks AMAZING!!! I am definitely going to try it! And I have been loving turkey and goat cheese burgers topped with fresh sliced strawberries, strange? Definitely. Good? ABSOLUTELY!!


Meg June 5, 2013 at 7:19 PM



Emily May 30, 2013 at 9:42 PM

I don’t eat salmon but cashews are BY FAR my favorite nut…
I’m seriously obsessed with them. Mmm!

I’m glad you found a positive way to let instagram influence you. (:


Meg June 5, 2013 at 7:20 PM

cashews are theeeee best


Kasia @ FitInScrubs May 30, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Thanks for this awesome recipe – it’s so packed full of protein and goodness!! Definitely making it soon :)


Meg June 5, 2013 at 7:20 PM

let me know when you do :D


maria @ run lift life May 30, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Turkey and apple!


Jan @ Sprouts n Squats May 30, 2013 at 11:33 PM

I would never have thought of that flavour combo but I’ve learned lately that some flavours that sound different can turn out to be the most delicious :)


Lauren @ Sweat The Sweet Stuff May 31, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Ooh this does sound good! I keep seeing people put cottage cheese on salad but have yet to try it. I must try it ASAP!


Meg June 5, 2013 at 7:20 PM

YES!!!!!! DO IT!


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