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Naked Salmon Burgers with Sriracha Mayo

Some burgers are just meant to be eaten without a bun. These salmon burgers are the perfect example. So much flavor in these burgers made with wild salmon, served on a bed of arugula with sliced avocado and a spicy sriracha mayo – a bun would only disguise it.

These burgers can be formed earlier in the day, or even the night before. Refrigerating them before cooking helps them hold together firm during cooking. Another tip is to put some of the salmon in the food processor or chopper. It creates “glue” that keeps everything together.

Last fall, Calphalon released a new line of Dishwasher Safe Nonstick Cookware[1]
and they sent me a few items of my choice to review. I’ve been using
their nonstick cookware for years, as you may have seen in many of my
photos so I replaced some of my favorites items with their new line,
because I don’t know about you, but as much as I love cooking – washing
dishes is not for me! I put this grill pan to the test with these salmon
burgers and was very happy with how they cooked. 

Naked Salmon Burgers with Sriracha Mayo
Servings: 4 • Size: 1 burger • Old Pts: 6 pts • Points+: 7 pts
Calories: 290 • Fat: 15 g • Carb: 11 g • Fiber: 3 g • Protein: 26 g • Sugar: 2 g
Sodium: 397 mg • Cholesterol: 113 mg


For the Spicy Sriracha Mayo:

  • 3 tbsp light mayonnaise (Hellman’s)
  • 1 tbsp sriracha

For the salmon patties:

  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 6 tbsp panko
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 pound wild salmon fillet
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher saltcooking spray
  • 4 cups baby arugula
  • 4 oz avocado, sliced


Combine mayonnaise and sriracha, set aside.

Remove the skin from the salmon, and cut about a 4 oz piece off. Place in a food processor or chopper to finely chop. This will help hold the burgers together.  With a knife finely chop the remaining salmon.

In a medium bowl combine the salmon with the bell peppers, panko and garlic.

In a small bowl, combine egg, soy sauce, lemon juice, and salt; add to salmon mixture, tossing gently to combine. Form mixture into 4 patties and refrigerate at least one hour, this will help the burgers become firm and hold together during cooking.

Lightly coat a grill pan or skillet with cooking spray. Place over medium-high heat until hot. Cook the patties 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until cooked through.

Place arugula on each plate, top each with salmon burger, 1 tbsp of mayo and avocado slices – enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Paula Deen for Food Network[2]


  1. ^ Dishwasher Safe Nonstick Cookware (store.calphalon.com)
  2. ^ Recipe adapted from Paula Deen for Food Network (www.foodnetwork.com)

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Naked Turkey Bruschetta Burger

Lean, delicious, juicy turkey burgers made with zucchini and topped with a summer garden tomato bruschetta topping over a bed of baby arugula – no bun required!

Last week I went out to dinner with the girls and we went to this great little neighborhood spot. My girlfriend ordered the special, the bruschetta burger. Hers was a beef burger, but that inspired me to make this lighter version which turned out delicious. For the turkey burger, I went with my skinny turkey burger recipe I posted a few years back, it’s made with shredded zucchini which gives it lots of moisture and great flavor. They are delicate, so I prefer to make them on a skillet instead of the grill.

This is the perfect summer meal for under 300 calories, especially if you have lots of tomatoes in your garden. You can easily make these vegetarian by using a boca burger or veggie burger of your choice. By the way the lovely fork is by For Such A Time Designs[1]. Hope you enjoy!

Naked Turkey Bruschetta Burgers
Servings: 5  • Size: 1 burger  • Old Points: 6 pts • Weight Watcher Points+: 7 pt
Calories: 288 • Fat: 14 g • Carb: 10 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 27 g • Sugar: 0 g
Sodium: 169 mg (without the salt) • Cholest: 10 mg


  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • 3 medium vine ripe tomatoes
  • 2 small cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 3 oz part skim mozzarella, diced

For the turkey zucchini burgers:

  • 1.25 lbs 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 small zucchini, grated (1 cup, or 5 oz)
  • 1/4 cup seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 tbsp red onion, grated
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • oil spray

For serving:

  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced into 10 thin slices
  • 4 loose cups baby arugula


Combine the red onion, olive oil, balsamic, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Set aside a few minutes while you chop the tomatoes, then place in the bowl. Add the garlic, basil and additional salt and pepper, to taste and mix well and set aside. Toss in the cheese when ready to serve.

Squeeze the excess moisture from the zucchini in a paper towel. In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, shredded zucchini, breadcrumbs, garlic, onion, salt and pepper. Form into 5 equal sized patties about 5 oz each, forming them as flat as possible.

Heat a large skillet on medium-high heat. When hot, lightly spray with oil. Add the burgers to the pan and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook until browned, about 4 minutes, then flip and cook another 4 minutes, careful not to burn.

To serve, arrange 3 slices of tomatoes on each dish, then place 1 cup arugula on top in the center, then top with the burger and finish with the bruschetta (don’t forget to add the cheese), serve right away.


  1. ^ For Such A Time Designs (www.etsy.com)

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Fresh Fig and Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese

Fresh sweet figs with soft goat cheese over baby arugula topped with a balsamic glaze. A beautiful salad without the fuss, using only 5 ingredients; this salad will make you look like a rock star in the kitchen! 

Once revered as a symbol of peace and prosperity, figs are beloved today for their unique flavor and texture. Not to mention, they offer some health perks, too: Figs contain some potassium and vitamin A.

What’s your Salad’tude this Holiday Season? My salad’tude is simple, healthy, beautiful and quick.  Share your Salad’tude on Skinny Bits for a chance to win a Trip for Two to the four-star Solage Hotel & Spa in Napa Valley with Dole! (ends Sunday Nov 25th).

Balsamic glaze is my favorite new find, it’s thick and sweet and you can drizzle it on salad,
sandwiches or even strawberries. I bought mine in Trader Joe’s but I see
it in stores everywhere now. It’s pairs perfectly with figs, and you only need to drizzle
a little olive oil on top.

You can serve this
salad on a large platter with olive oil and balsamic on the side, or you
can serve them on plates, one fig per person.

If goat cheese isn’t your thing, gorgonzola would make a perfect replacement. You could even add slivered almonds or walnuts.

Fresh Fig & Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese
Servings: 8 • Serving Size: see below • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 3 pts 
Calories: 124.5 • Fat: 4.5• Carb: 20.5 g Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 2 g • Sugar: 15 g
Sodium: 43 mg


  • 8 cups baby arugula
  • 8 fresh figs, washed and quartered
  • 1.75 oz semi-soft goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup balsamic glaze 
  • 4 tsp extra virgin oil


Arrange arugula on a salad bowl or platter, or you can divide on 8 salad plates.

Top with quartered figs and goat cheese and serve with balsamic glaze and olive oil on the side.

Serving size: 1 cup arugula w/ cheese, 1 fig, 1 tbsp balsamic glaze, 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil.

Nutritional tid-bits provided by Heather K Jones[4], RD (aka The Diet P.I.).


  1. ^ Share your Salad’tude on Skinny Bits (www.skinny-bits.com)
  2. ^ Solage Hotel & Spa (www.solagecalistoga.com)
  3. ^ Dole (salads.dole.com)
  4. ^ Heather K Jones (www.heatherkjones.com)

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