It’s Fish Friday :) Chinese rainbow salad with teriyaki salmon and seared scallops

Chinese rainbow salad (with teriyaki salmon and seared scallops)

Peppers, edamame, green papaya, french beans and salad make up my rainbow salad

One of the other food bloggers I follow is on what she calls her rainbow diet, eating healthy food the colour of the rainbow, the brighter the better.

She’s made some amazing dishes and after the richness of some of my recent creations, I’m going to try and follow suit and am turning my attention to how I can make my dishes healthier and more colourful too.

I don’t actually have a problem eating vegetables, I love my greens but there are vegetables that I generally don’t really like. I’m not a fan of peppers – I can put up with the red, yellow and orange ones but frankly, the green ones are a waste of space, especially if they’re raw, urgh! Sorry green pepper, there are too many other green vegetables out there that I prefer…

Almost all the colours of a rainbow

Anyhoo, I’ve decided to call today’s recipe my Chinese rainbow salad because it is very colourful and the dressing I’ve made is oriental in flavour. It’s actually based on one of the salad dressings that come with an edamame and snowpea salad that you get at Marks & Spencer’s. Obviously, I don’t have the recipe for their salad dressing so I’ve made one up based on taste.

I think what I’ve created is pretty close in flavour but more importantly, I road tested it on none other than my husband, who gave it a big two thumbs up, so it’s got to be a winner.

We had this for dinner with some fresh salmon fillets and scallops. There’s no recipe for the fish. The salmon was marinated in a bit of teriyaki sauce before they were fried in the pan, and the scallops were seared in the same pan with nothing more than a sprinkle of Maldon sea salt.

Chinese rainbow salad with seared salmon and scallops

Is it much healthier than most of our recent recipes? Yeah, I think so though adding seared scallops are obviously a bit of a treat but I think I can be forgiven for that!

The beans and the edamame just need to be cooked for a couple of minutes and then plunged into iced water

Chinese rainbow salad (for two)

¼ cup finely cubed red peppers

¼ cup finely cubed yellow peppers

½ cup french beans, topped, tailed and then cut into short sticks

½ cup fresh edamame beans (or peas)

¼ cup fresh green papaya, finely sliced as thinly as possible

1-2 cups fresh baby salad leaves, torn into small bite sized pieces

Cook the edamame beans and french beans in boiling water for 3 minutes before draining and plunging them into ice cold water. Drain and add to a mixing bowl along with all of your other prepared salad vegetables

My rainbow salad - perfect with seafood

Chinese rainbow salad dressing

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

½ tablespoon sesame oil

1 tablespoon Chinese rice vinegar

½ thumb sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and pounded/minced

1 tablespoon soy sauce

½ tablespoon fish sauce

1½ tablespoons sweet chilli sauce (the sauce I have is quite hot!

Freshly ground black pepper

Whisk in a large bowl until the oil and sauces have emulsified and pour over your salad just before you eat. Enjoy!

Chinese rainbow salad, served with some onion rice, seared salmon and seared scallops

Lots of love


13 Responses to “It’s Fish Friday :) Chinese rainbow salad with teriyaki salmon and seared scallops”
  1. I can forgive you for the scallops, they are my favourite! Lovely idea for a salad. Thanks.

  2. This rainbow salad is so colorful. So appetizing!

  3. Wow! These look amazing. I love teriyaki salmon, and the salad looks so yummy.
    Thanks for sharing and happy weekend 🙂

  4. billpeeler says:

    I like the idea of a ‘rainbow’ diet based on foods with bright colors. That looks awesome!

  5. Joanne says:

    Ooooooooo my goodness, your sear on that fish is just remarkable. I can see the crispiness!

  6. ceciliag says:

    That is really good and i love that dressing I shall try it on my next colorful salad (which is this evening) .. and what nice things you said.. I love the celi diet.. c

  7. secretmenu says:

    This is one of those “come for the photo, stay for the recipe” kinds of posts…lovely!

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