Summer Slumped and Smoked Salmon Cabbage Salad

by Joanne on July 31, 2013

The last 3 weeks have been tough especially when it comes to speed work.  I’ve been in the mood to run and workout but the preference has been easy workouts.  My speed work has suffered and my weight workouts have been light and short.

There is a point when we push and push and push.  Eventually, our bodies rebel.  We need to give ourselves a well deserved break.  

I’m not sure if this is a good time or a bad time to give myself a break, being about 8 weeks from my first Fall marathon, but I’m tired, lacking motivation, and I’ve slowed down.  My body is beginning to hurt and I’m grumpy.  Little things are blown out of proportion and I’m overly sensitive.  That, dear friends, is over training.  

Time off when I feel like it in the next week or so will be allowed.  Running hard, easy, fast, slow will all be rewarded.  This body needs a break.

Smoked Salmon Salad

A simple, healthy, basic meal for two adults without a kitchen (I made this when we were under construction).  Make sure to use meaty, chunky, good quality smoked salmon because it’s the base of this dish.

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Serves 2 – 3

You will need:

  • 1 small head of green cabbage
  • 6 to 8 oz smoked salmon, chopped or broken into chunks *depending on what you purchase.
  • 1/4 cup or about 6 green onions, chopped – both white and green parts
  • 8 to 10 grape tomatoes cut in half
  • 2 TBS capers, rinsed
  • 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 TBS fresh lemon juice
  • pepper and salt to taste

Cut the cabbage in half and put into a microwave safe dish.  Fill to about 3/4 full with water and set microwave on high for 10 minutes.  Drain.  Quarter cabbage, remove tough inner core and chop the rest into long strips.  Put into a large serving bowl.

Add to the cabbage, the salmon, green onions,tomatoes,capers, oil, lemon, salt and pepper. Mix well. 

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You can serve this salad with pita bread triangles or, like we did, with microwaved Kombucha squash for a very healthy meal.

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I don’t enjoy using the microwave for cooking.  Grilling squash is a super alternative but if you get home late from work, the microwave is a quick way with little clean up to get food on the table.

How many nights per week do you use your microwave to cook most of your meal?

How many nights per week have you been grilling this summer?

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1 Comment

  • At 2013.08.11 01:20, Mary said:

    You did get creative with the microwave! Smoked salmon is such an easy way to make a meal really special, and this looks both easy and good. As far as a break, sounds like you are aware of when you need it. Whether not it’s ideal for your training schedule for the break to be now, it’s better for your fall marathon to be able to run it instead of being sidelined with an overuse injury. I’m just heading into some break time from my skating. Worked hard to skate a program in honor of my dad, and my competitive program the next weekend, now it’s time to start doing things with my family. Well, after the last morning of summer skating school anyway– 7 a.m. tomorrow, yikes. Better get to bed!

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