These smoked salmon chard roll-ups make a great light breakfast, lunch, or healthy snack. They are one of my favorite fast healthy recipes, yet they are delicious and satisfying…perfect for when you’re short on time but still want a nourishing meal.
Dark leafy greens are super nutrient-dense. They are particularly high in minerals such as calcium and magnesium, and they make a good “gluten-free wrap alternative” in this recipe. You can substitute other greens for the Swiss chard, though; try them with large leaves of kale or collards, or simply with Romaine lettuce. If eating the greens raw is something you are not too excited about, you can steam them briefly before using.
With its high protein and omega-3 fatty acid content, salmon is wonderful for you. But it’s important to choose wild, not farmed salmon (visit my healthiest fish page to learn why). It’s also important to choose a naturally smoked salmon that is free of chemicals or preservatives like nitrites, as these are potentially carcinogenic.
If you can’t find a local source for naturally smoked wild salmon, check out my favorite online shop for healthy, eco-friendly, low-mercury fish: Vital Choice.
Smoked Salmon Chard Roll-Ups
3-4 oz. wild, not farmed, smoked salmon without preservatives
2-3 Swiss chard leaves, rinsed and patted dry
1 small cucumber, sliced
1/4-1/2 avocado, sliced
sliced red onion or snipped chives- optional
Place layers of salmon, cucumber slices, avocado, and red onion or chives lengthwise in a Swiss chard leaf.
Roll up “sushi-style”, and then slice into pieces. Serves 1.
Organic turkey, roast beef, etc. could also be used in these roll-ups, or these can be made vegan by adding additional veggies and omitting the fish or meat.
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