Citrus Oven Baked Salmon over Arugula Cucumber Salad

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Citrus Oven Baked Salmon over Arugula Cucumber Salad

This citrus oven baked salmon salad is bright and fresh with crunchy roasted chickpeas and a delightful zesty dressing that is going to have you coming back for more!

This is the recipe that changed our lives!! Our very first week of being totally unpacked in our new place, it was time to get back in the kitchen and cooking again. I’ve felt so out of it with the stress of moving and when our oldest daughter mentioned she really wants to learn to like fish so she can incorporate some healthier foods into her diet, I timidly said yes.

I’ve hated salmon since the day I was born but I do secretly wish seafood wasn’t such a nemesis of mine so I jumped in. In the past I’ve liked it ok, but this citrus baked salmon salad absolutely sold me! It’s all about the flavors so do not substitute other seasonings unless you’re crazy.

I adapted this recipe from Tiffany Angela.

a photo of a large bowl full of a cucumber arugula salad topped with three baked citrus salmon filets and roasted seasoned chickpeas.


Ingredients for Salmon Salad

I’m going to recommend not substituting any of these ingredients because each one has an important role in bringing all the flavor to your plate! I’ve divided the ingredients into categories – dressing, salmon, chickpeas and the salad. Don’t get overwhelmed! None of the ingredients are weird or har

Asian Cucumber Salad

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Asian Cucumber Salad

This light and fresh Asian cucumber salad is our new favorite healthy side dish, complete with a sweet and tangy vinegar dressing.

Earlier this year I was working on an Asian steak marinade and I was playing around with the idea of using black vinegar in it. The final recipe was tested when Cade’s mom came into town and it was a total hit. Without even realizing it though, I’d added black vinegar to the cucumbers instead of the steak marinade that morning. It turned out both dishes needed something a little different than what I was doing and it was awesome!

You can read below for a substitute as we still love cucumber salad with just straight up rice or apple cider vinegar. In fact, we often use both. 

a photo of a glass bowl full of thinly sliced cucumberrs and red onion topped with a sesame seed dressing.

Ingredients for Asian Cucumber Salad

It only takes 7 ingredients to make this simple but refreshing salad recipe. Here is what you will need:

  • English Cucumber – I just to just slice them thin by hand, but feel free to remove the seeds if you want
  • Red Onion – totally optional but I love the zip it adds, do a fine slice on a mandolin
  • Rice Vinegar – mild, sweet and sour flavor
  • Chinese Black Vinegar – a dark mild vinegar with a slightly fruity flavor
  • Honey – adds sweetness and balances the saltiness and tang
  • Sesame Seeds – give them a little toast to enhance the nutty flavor
  • Fine Sea Salt – dissolves easily into the dressing and adds flavor
The full recipe with all the measurements and instructions can be found in the recipe card at the end of this post.

Your Neighbor’s Tomato Cucumber Salad

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Your Neighbor’s Tomato Cucumber Salad

What is it about the combination of tomatoes, cucumber and onions that is so dang good?! Am I right? It’s like the summer salad trifecta! This is the best tomato cucumber salad recipe ever!

It seems like every year we head off to some BBQ and someone that claims to hate cooking shows up with the most perfectly delicious recipe out of the whole neighborhood. And 9/10 it seems to be a tomato cucumber salad. SO! I’ve changed our neighbor’s recipe slightly and am here to beg you to pin it, especially those who say that they can’t cook because you DEFINITELY can cook this!!

a photo of tomato cucumber salad in a large white bowl covered in a dressing full of fresh herbs.

It is so light and refreshing and perfect to cool down on a hot summer day! The dressing is tangy and flavorful without weighing the salad down. There are few things worse than a salad that is drowning in dressing! And this salad is healthy!

Ingredients for Tomato Cucumber Salad

Made with all fresh ingredients, here is your shopping list for this salad recipe:


  • Vine Cocktail Tomatoes
  • English Cucumber
  • Brown Sugar
  • Red Onion
  • Parsley (fresh)
  • Cilantro (fresh)
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • Olive Oil
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Lemon Juice
  • Pepper
  • Kosher Salt
  • Garlic
  • Brown Sugar
  • Basil (fresh or dried)

The measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card at the end of this post. You can save or print the recipe there as well.

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