Why is it that I can remember every single morsel of food from a great restaurant that I visited 5-10 years ago, but can’t for the life of me remember to bring my wallet/cell phone/lunch/book to work? We have a wonderful bread store right across the street from us, and I was immediately reminded of a sandwich I had over 4 years ago at Disney World when I saw a gorgeous loaf of spinach, garlic, and onion ciabatta. I love Disney and I’m already looking forward to using our (future!) kiddos as an excuse to go back. My hubby and I had lunch in Cinderella’s castle in the Magic Kingdom and I ordered a sandwich called the The Mariner. It was basically an amazing salmon BLT that I could have eaten everyday!
I buy frozen salmon in bulk from Costco (well, not really in bulk, one package has 7 fillets), and usually throw a marinade on it while it defrosts overnight. This time I decided to keep things simple, and just used a bit of balsamic vinegar and olive oil. After searing the salmon in a pan, I assembled all the other sandwich ingredients while I waited for the salmon to finish cooking in the oven. Instead of mayonnaise, I added sliced avocado for some creaminess. I gobbled the whole thing up and will definitely be making this simple dish again!
Salmon Sandwiches with Avocado, Bacon, and Tomato
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
2 salmon fillets
4 slices turkey bacon
1/2 avocado, sliced
1/2 tomato, sliced
4 slices ciabatta
Whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt and marinade frozen salmon overnight.
The next day, preheat the oven to 350ºF. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and sear the salmon fillets on both sides. Bake salmon for 10 min at 350ºF or until no longer pink in the center. Meanwhile, place bacon in a skillet and cook over medium-high heat until crispy.
Assemble the sandwiches by placing half the avocado on a slice of bread, followed by the salmon, tomato slices, and bacon. Top with the remaining slice of bread. Makes 2 servings.
Nutrition: 689 calories, 28.8g fat, 3.3g fiber, 50.4g protein per serving
Cost: $2.85 per serving