Cranberry Jalapeno Salmon Melts

Trying to drop a few pounds and to feel a little more energetic (hopefully) does not need to be hugely expensive and always labor intensive. I am hoping to set out to prove that over the course of the next few weeks and months while getting back to being the fit girl I used to be.

After our glorious and indulgent day out on Saturday, I spent the evening in bed, propped up with lots of pillows, and surrounded by cookbooks, ready to plan the week’s meals. It was a blissful evening. It didn’t hurt that Sex and the City II was on. I know most people hated it, but I thought it was cute. It was nice to hang with my old friends for awhile.

I got a lot of inspiration from the books, especially a book I reviewed last year, The O2 Diet. My eyes were made wide open to the need for antioxidants, Omega 3’s, whole grains, water, and all of those other things I probably don’t get enough of.

salmon salad ingredients

Somewhere in my head, I took about four different recipes I read and created something all our own for a filling Sunday lunch. I started with a favorite cheap ingredient, canned Alaskan red salmon from Trader Joe’s. I initially bought this as a treat for my cats but found myself stealing bites and realizing it had a ton of flavor. It is a bargain and can be the base to salads and pasta dishes.

Alaskan salmon

Other ingredients included a large jalapeno, diced finely, a few teaspoona of non-fat Greek yogurt, a teaspoon of hot and sweet mustard, and a large handful of dried cranberries.


All mixed together to make a pretty pink and green salad.

salmon salad

To serve, I spread the salmon salad on whole grain bread and topped with slivers of Kerrygold Killaree cheese. This cheese has a nutty, salty flavor, and a little goes a long way, making it a top choice for trying to cut back a little while still enjoying real cheese. I just can’t do the low fat stuff.

salmon melt

I popped the open-faced sandwiches in the broiler for a few minutes until the cheese had started to melt. . . then got too hungry and decided we needed to eat them just the way they were!

salmon melt

Sweet, spicy, salty, soft, crunchy, and chewy, all in one meal. A success, if I do say so myself! Ever since the Oldways “For the health of it” event last year, I have been striving to add another salmon meal to my diet every week. With a simple, inexpensive recipe like this, I definitely think it is possible!

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Tags: Food, healthy eating, healthy recipe, recipe, salmon, weight loss

  1. Daisy’s avatar

    this sandwich looks amazing. and you know my newfound obsession thanks to you with Kerrygold Cheese, stuff is unreal.


  2. Bridget’s avatar

    I’m usually hesitant with fish and cheese but this sounds so flavorful!! I always forget about canned salmon but pretty sure I have some somewhere in my pantry! Looks delicious!!

    I also liked SATC 2! Yeah, as a movie on its own it wasnt great, but if you lvoed the show then you’re just happy watching the movies :)


  3. Michelle’s avatar

    I love this sandwich! I am still trying to get more fish into my diet so I’ll have to give this a try!


  4. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    That looks delicious. I had to laugh at the line, “I bought this for my cat.” I didn’t know where you were going with that. Glad it wasn’t anything too strange haha!


  5. Shannon’s avatar

    I’ve been wanting to try the canned salmon from TJ’s but was a bit hesitant because I didn’t know how it would be. LOVE this idea for the salmon salad, looks delish!


  6. Jolene (’s avatar

    I am loving salmon and trout and am trying to incorporate them in my diet a lot more – fish is so good!


  7. MichellePC’s avatar

    These look fantastic. Ever since going meatless, I’ve considered including fish in my diet, because I love tuna melts so much. But I’ve never thought of a salmon melt!


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  9. torviewtoronto’s avatar

    spicy delicious snack looks wonderful


  10. Sherry @JustAPinch’s avatar

    I’d like to snack on this with crackers. Thanks for posting!


  11. alicia’s avatar

    I’m so hooked on the TJ’s sweet/hot mustard. I need a refill – I’m going to grab some of that salmon too!


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