Thai Salmon with Carrot Salad is an easy weeknight meal, but I won’t tell anyone if you serve it for guests on the weekend…it’s actually pretty fancy. It is really tasty, healthy, and filling! I usually need some kind of starch with my meals in order to feel full, but this one did the trick without it. You could add rice, but I really don’t think it’s necessary. If you don’t add rice the meal is paleo friendly. To make it kid friendly, just skip the sauce for your picky eaters.
I’ve avoided using peanuts for this meal. Many Thai sauces use peanut butter and chopped peanuts, but I replaced the peanut butter with sun-butter, and the chopped peanuts with cashews. Peanuts aren’t as good for you as other nuts…in fact, they’re technically not a nut at all, they’re a legume, which means they don’t fit into the paleo diet.
Cilantro is one of the nutritional superstars of this dish! Not only does it contain tons of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, cilantro is also known for having a detoxification affect on the body. Along with parsley, this dark green herb rids your blood of heavy metals, which can wreak havoc on your system. I highly recommend including cilantro and parsley in your weekly diet!
Salmon that has never been frozen, and is cooked with the skin on, turns out really moist and delicious, because it retains a lot of the healthy omega-3 fats that fish is so famous for! Omega-3s that come from fish are easier for your body to use than the kind from walnuts, flax seeds, and other plant-based sources.