Pumpkin may be the buzz flavor of the season, but for me, I’m thinking pink! While not your traditional flavors, nothing speaks holidays to me better than smoked salmon and fresh oranges. Both have a long tradition in our family stemming from generations of fishermen and Irish stockings filled with fresh fruits and candies. My nostalgic flavor journey is sponsored by Chicken of The Sea, who provided me with a Pink Up Your Lunch Kit and and compensation for my time. As always, all thoughts, opinions and culinary appreciation for salmon are that of Rural Mom!
When I close my eyes and think of holiday celebrations, I can smell the savory wood-fired salmon resting on a plank in the middle of our buffet. This was the gourmet treat my entire family looked forward to delighting in. Though we enjoyed salmon throughout the year (thanks to the talented fishermen in our family!) only the best and biggest selections were smoked solely for the holidays.
Oranges played an equally significant role in all our celebrations as traditionally, they were found in holiday stockings along with nuts and candies. My father, who grew up through the Great Depression era had such a love for oranges that it permeated all our large gatherings, whether in the form or slices, sauce or zest used in desserts. He regaled us with tales of how the only time he had oranges as a child was when they were found in his stocking Christmas morning and how he and his siblings would rush to eat them, leaving a frenzied array of peels on the living room floor that made my grandmother trill!
With these two ingredients so prominent in my youth, it didn’t take me long to discover that when savory smoked salmon was paired with the sweet fresh oranges, the result was simply divine! Both of these delights compliment each other so well, I’ve searched for ways over the years to pair them further by creating concoctions like orange-glazed salmon or by simply serving up smoked salmon, orange slices and toast for a delicious breakfast option. When I learned Chicken of The Sea’s initiative to “Pink Up Your Lunch,” I knew it was time to create a lunch recipe that pair my two seasonal favorites! The end result is a fabulous Smoke Salmon Taco with Mango Orange Salsa recipe that’s perfect for a quick cold lunch option easily enjoyed at home or packed in a lunchbox.
If you love salmon but don’t necessarily like to have it smoked-style, Chicken of the Sea has some excellent flavor options your could easily swap into this recipe to create an entirely new delicious creation like Barbecue Salmon Tacos or even go spicy with the new Chicken of the Sea Sriracha Salmon! Keeping things simple with Chicken of the Sea Skinless/Boneless Pink Salmon (now available in quad packs) is an equally good option. When there’s quality salmon involved, the delectable recipe options are endless! Find out more about all of the Chicken of the Sea flavor options at http://chickenofthesea.com/
Creating Smoked Salmon Tacos with Mango Orange Salsa for your lunch is so quick and easy you can can even whip it up in the morning if you have a few extra minutes. For lunch time, I like to keep things simple and highly transportable for lunch box use. As you’ll primarily be using 1 package of Chicken of the Sea Premium Wild Caught Smoked Salmon, a simple homemade salsa and corn tortillas, you can pack everything separately in your lunchbox and put it together in seconds at work or on-the-go. The orange zest and the pink Himalayan salt I added to further “Pink Up Your Lunch” can also be carried in a small container or omitted based on your taste preferences. However you serve it up, I hope you enjoy this wonderful recipe which is now one of my favorite fall lunches!
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Did you know October 8 is National Salmon Day?
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