Easy Dinner Recipes: Grilled salmon salad and other fast ideas

Looking for a fast dinner option? Nothing beats salad. Mix and match based on a favorite ingredient, complementing with what you have in the fridge and/or cupboards. Check out these salad ideas that come together in an hour or less.

The first recipe is a perfect way to use up leftover salmon, and also works well with other leftover fish -- or even chicken -- just change up the herbs as desired to suit your taste. For this version, flake grilled salmon over a salad of steamed red potatoes, avocado and watercress and toss with a simply seasoned lemon and olive oil-based dressing. It takes only about 40 minutes to prepare.

Salads are a great way to clean out leftovers you have on hand. Take some greens, add a little of this or that, and get creative. You can pick up a few ingredients, like a roast or rotisserie chicken, from the store, or find ways to use the leftovers in the fridge. For a quick dinner salad that's saved me on many a weeknight, check out this recipe for mixed greens with chicken, goat cheese and pecans below.

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If you love a good salad, dinner doesn't get much better than this tricolore salad from Nancy Silverton. A simple yet colorful blend of nicely assertive lettuces (arugula, frisée and endive), the salad is tossed with a homemade anchovy dressing and topped with a sprinkling of freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.

For more ideas, click through our easy dinner recipes gallery and check out our Dinner Tonight page, devoted to recipes that can be made in an hour or less. Looking for a particular type of recipe? Comment below or email me at noelle.carter@latimes.com.


Active work time: 40 minutes * Total preparation time: 1 hour

12 baby red boiling potatoes

2 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided

1 shallot, minced

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon sugar

2 tablespoons lemon juice

6 tablespoons olive oil

Freshly ground pepper

3/4 pound grilled salmon

2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

1 ripe avocado, cut into 1/2-inch dice

1 large bunch watercress