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Spicy Mexican Salmon Patties with Creamy Cilantro Ranch and Spinach Salad - a square white plate with completed Mexican Salmon Patty.

Spicy Mexican Salmon Patties with Creamy Cilantro-Jalapeno Ranch and Spinach Salad

Tamara Andersen
Finely diced fresh salmon mixed with fresh ingredients – jalapeño, cilantro, corn, cotija – atop a simple spinach, avocado, and tomato salad dressed with a Creamy Cilantro Ranch… Spicy Mexican Salmon Patties with Creamy Cilantro-Jalapeño Ranch and Spinach Salad checks all the summer “boxes.” It’s fresh, refreshing, quick, and easy to prepare!
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Servings 4


Spicy Mexican Salmon Patties

  • 1 pound fresh salmon pin bones and skin removed; fine dice (see notes)
  • 1 ear fresh corn cut from the cob
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper fine dice
  • 2 scallions finely diced
  • 2 jalapenos minced (or to taste)
  • ¼ cup cilantro finely chopped
  • ¼ cup cotija (1 ounce) crumbled
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chipotle powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

Spinach Salad

  • 8 ounces baby spinach leaves
  • 8 ounces tomatoes (I like tiny heirlooms) sliced or diced
  • 1 avocado sliced thin
  • Cilantro Jalapeno Ranch Dressing (See Notes)


Spicy Mexican Salmon Patties

  • Hand chop prepared salmon fillet. Mixture can have a variety of sized pieces, but the largest should be about ¼" dice.
  • Add remaining ingredients. Combine by hand.
  • Spray a griddle with cooking spray, and bring to medium-high heat. Form 4 patties, and gently place on hot griddle. Cook until nicely browned, then turn and finish (about 8-10 minutes).


  • Toss spinach and tomatoes with enough of the dressing to lightly coat.

To Serve

  • Plate about ¼ of the salad. Top with a salmon patty and avocado slices. Drizzle with additional dressing. Enjoyo!


As mentioned in the post, I use two different dressings on this dish: 1. Cilantro-Jalapeño Ranch Dressing. 2. Citrus Vinaigrette. On photo day, I chose the Cilantro-Jalapeño Ranch Dressing. Keep it fresh with fresh (not bottled) dressing!
Macronutrients (approximation from MyFitnessPal): 320 calories; 31 g protein; 22 g carbohydrates; 11 g fat.
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