This Salmon & Rice Bowl delivers blissful bites of flaky salmon, fresh asparagus & wild rice all wrapped up in a tangy, spicy Thai style dressing.
Since early February I've been living a very simple lunchtime life consisting mainly of using up leftovers I've found in the fridge. Now, that may sound very clean and frugal, but the truth is, I've been having some fairly monotonous lunches lately.
Last week I decided that it was time to break out of this rut I'd fallen into and give my lunch some welly. Off I went to investigate the contents of my fridge and store cupboard with fresh eyes....
Two minutes later I grabbed a cooked salmon fillet and concocted this flavour-packed Thai salmon & rice bowl.
Note that I haven’t called this bowl a Thai salmon and rice salad even though there’s plenty of veg and herbs in the mix.
What set's this dish apart from a true salad is the comforting serving of rice that’s included. After all, we’re only just tiptoeing towards spring in my neighbourhood.
Ingredients for Thai Salmon and Rice Bowls
I wanted to keep this salmon and wild rice recipe healthy and nutritious. So I've incorporated plenty of fresh ingredients to really play up the nourishment factor.
Each bowl is loaded with rice, flaky salmon and fresh, bright asparagus, fresh mint and coriander.
If you don't happen to have wild rice handy then feel free to substitute white or brown rice instead.
Teamed with a zesty and bold fat-free Thai dressing, this is one lunch you'll be tempted by time after time.
How to Make Salmon and Rice Bowls
These bowls look impressive, but are actually very simple to prepare. Simply:
- cook the rice and asparagus
- flake the salmon and chop the scallions
- mix the salmon and wild rice together with the asparagus and herbs
- prepare the dressing and serve
How to make the Thai Dressing
I decided to use a dressing that is based on traditional Thai flavours:
- fish sauce
This means each forkful delivers a taste that is lively, fresh, spicy and generally so very yummy it's hard to resist.
And it couldn't be easier to make. Simply mix the lime juice and fish sauce together in a bowl with the palm sugar until it dissolves, then stir in the remaining ingredients.
I think it's the combination of the salty-spicy-zesty boom from the dressing, mixed with the cooling mint and coriander, the crunch from the asparagus & onions and the slightly chewy texture from the salmon and wild rice that keeps me coming back for more. These salmon rice bowls are a new regular feature in my midday break now.
I think I may just be falling back in love with lunchtime.
Find More Simple Recipes for Lunchtime:
- Fried Rice with Mushrooms, Egg and Peas
- Kale and sprout salad
- Mushroom, thyme & blue cheese soup
- Cheesy leek baked potatoes
- Pickled ginger & noodle salad
Thai Salmon & Rice Bowls
For the bowl mix:
- 2 Salmon fillets (skinless, cooked)
- 200 g/ 7oz rice Wild Rice Mix - I used Biona see notes
- 250 g/ 9oz Asparagus stems - not too fat if you can choose
- 20 g/ 1oz Fresh coriander - reserve a few leaves for garnish
- 20 g/ 1oz Fresh mint - reserve a few leaves for garnish
- 6 Salad onions
For the Dressing:
- 3 tbsp Fish sauce
- 4 tbsp Lime juice
- 1 tsp Palm sugar
- 1 Garlic clove - peeled and chopped fine
- ½ Hot red chilli - deseeded and chopped fine (see notes)
- Cook the rice according to the pack instructions. Set aside to cool
- Trim the woody ends from the asparagus. Finely slice the remaining asparagus on the diagonal, plunge into boiling water for 1 minute, then refresh in cold water. Drain and set aside
- Finely slice the salad onions and pick the coriander and mint leaves from their stalks. If the mint leaves are large, rip them into smaller pieces
- Once the rice has cooled, add the asparagus, salad onions, mint and coriander. Flake the salmon into the bowl and and stir to combine
- Make the dressing by mixing all ingredients in a bowl until the sugar dissolves
- Pour the dressing over the salad, mix gently and spoon into bowls. Top with the reserved coriander and mint leaves and serve immediately