Cilantro Salmon Burgers with a Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

It's officially winter. It has snowed twice as of now. You know what that means? Depression. Kidding, I don't really get depressed. That's a lie. But I do hate the snow, because it's cold and wet, and I'd rather be able to see the ground while running on it. Minimus shoes don't fair that well in the snow. At all. And my car doesn't exactly love the snow either. Especially since my car door locks were frozen shut this morning. I literally can't even get the key in. Either side. So I'm drinking the crap out of coffee, while on the couch, waiting for a glimmer of sunshine to poke through, so I can't actually drive somewhere. How stupid is that? Ugh, I need a garage.

So I tried Ethiopian food last night. Absolutely not paleo. Have you ever tried it? It's very interesting. You eat everything with your hands, which I was totally down with especially since I showered that day. Then you scoop all the random food with sponge bread. Yes, sponge bread. That's the only way to describe it. The bread is like a crepe but with an eff ton of eggs to make it holey and puffy. Like a sponge. Get my flow? Cool. I also ate lentils and split peas. Meh. I don't get why people get such a thrill out of those foods. The best part was either the chicken, lamb, or cabbage. My body is doing just fine this morning though. Thought life might suck and I might be spending my day in pain....and in the bathroom....but that's a negative. Normal morning.

Now that we've talked about my bowel movements, let's move onto food. I bought a huge slab of salmon the other day and decided salmon burgers were in order. I've never made salmon burgers, but they turned out pretty good. Tasted like a tuna or crab cake. But with salmon. Makes sense, right? I ate the salmon burger with broccoli. Huge surprise. I really should mix it up. But broccoli is really cheap...especially when you break the stems off. And leave them in a huge pile at the grocery store. I'm sure shoppers appreciate that.

What you need:
For the patties--
  • 1lb salmon, skin removed
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped small (yes, small)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon green onions
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
For the vinaigrette--
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/2 limes, juices squeezed
  • 1/2 lemon, juices squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon honey
What you do:
  1. Pull out your food processor. If you don't have one, good luck. Life is just not quite as fun without one. Add all your patty ingredients to the food processor, except for the celery. Once everything is mixed, fold in the chopped celery.
  2. Make patties however big you want. 
  3. Place on hot, greased skillet and cook on both sides for about 3-5 minutes or until cooked through.
  4. While the salmon burgers are cooking, make the vinaigrette.
  5. Add all vinaigrette ingredients to the food processor. Taste to perfect! Add salt if needed.
  6. Top burgers off with vinaigrette.
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