March 21, 2012

Giveaway: Pure Alaska Salmon Company (Cilantro-Lime Salmon Salad in Avocado Cups)

Disclaimer: I received a sample of Pure Alaska Salmon Company’s products for free in exchange for a review. This in no way influenced my review.

This giveaway has ended! Congratulations to commenter #85, Kathleen Conner!

Salmon is a favorite in our home. We don’t eat it as often as we should, because honestly, it’s not inexpensive. We live in the landlocked Dallas area, far, far away from the Pacific Northwest, where healthy, nourishing salmon is abundant. So while I know we’re supposed to get a healthy dose of those fatty acids found in oily fish such as salmon, we generally only end up eating it about once or twice a month.

We do try to eat some other canned oily fish as well, namely tuna (the no-salt-added, soy-free varieties), and I am a fan of kippers and sardines. They make good last-minute sources of protein and pack well in a lunch. But until now, I’ve shunned canned salmon. I didn’t like the smell or the texture (and I’m definitely NOT a picky eater). So when Shirley of Pure Alaska Salmon Company contacted me about her canned salmon, I was up front with her about my opinions. She called me her “challenge”. I was willing to try the salmon out – after all, it was supposed to be a high-quality, straight-forward product. Nowadays, I’m limiting my reviews of products to only those I feel positive about, those that fit into our diet and healthier way of eating. Since the ingredients in Pure Alaska Salmon Company’s products are only salmon and salt (in the salt-added varieties), this fit the bill nicely. I was game. Of course, I arranged to get some samples to give to you as well, but we’ll get to that in a moment.

Pure Alaska Salmon Company is owned by the Zuanich family, who resides in Alaska and has been in the fishing industry for generations. Their company is committed to bringing consumers sustainably harvested, healthy, delicious wild salmon. Wild salmon is preferred to farmed salmon because of its superior nutritional content and sustainable, eco-friendly harvesting practices. Also – did you know they dye farmed salmon pink with artificial coloring? Only wild salmon is naturally pink because of their diet. Wild-caught Alaskan salmon is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin D, and calcium, as well as a great source of protein. Mercury levels are also very low in wild Alaskan salmon, so it’s a safer choice.

I was delighted to see that the samples sent to me included a dozen cans of various types of wild Alaskan salmon, both “red” (sockeye) and “pink”. I couldn’t wait to try them out. Even though my previous experiences with canned salmon were less than ideal, I love trying new things!

Needless to say, my opinions have changed. The first can I opened was the ThinkPink salmon, which is a pink Alaskan salmon that has a milder taste and can be substituted for canned tuna in just about any recipe. The texture is excellent – there are large chunks and fillets in the can (not like the mushy, near-shredded texture I associate with canned salmon). I was happy just to take bites of salmon straight from the can.

But then, after eyeing the avocados that needed to be eaten, an idea struck me. What if I used the avocados as a cup for a salad? Then you could enjoy a creamy bite with the salmon salad, without a ton of mayonnaise or other heavy dressing so often found in traditional seafood salads. And just like that, as I pulled the rest of the ingredients from the refrigerator, this salad was born.

It’s a great, super-speedy appetizer salad, perfect for a first course or a light lunch. I opted to eat it along with a bunch of mixed salad greens for dinner the other night, and it was lovely, fresh and bright.

Cilantro-Lime Salmon Salad in Avocado Cups (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

1 7.5 oz can of Pure Alaska Salmon Co. salmon (I used their ThinkPink Wild Alaskan Pink Salmon)

Juice of 1/2 lime

1/2 t olive oil

1/2 green apple, diced

1 T green onion, minced

1 T cilantro, chopped

1/2 t fresh serrano pepper, minced

1/8 t ground cumin

Pinch or two of smoked paprika

Salt and pepper to taste

2 avocados, sliced in half, pits removed

In a medium bowl, gently toss the salmon, lime juice, olive oil, apple, green onion, cilantro, serrano, cumin and paprika until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste and toss again.

Scoop salmon salad into the “cup” made by the removal of the pit in each avocado half. Serve with additional smoked paprika sprinkled on top, if desired.

Makes 4 appetizer-sized servings.

photo courtesy of Pure Alaska Salmon Company

Oh, yes, the giveaway. Don’t think I forgot about you. Pure Alaska Salmon Company has agreed to give one of my lucky readers a sampler pack, which includes a dozen cans of their Redhead and ThinkPink canned salmon. What a great way to stock your pantry with some healthy, easy, delicious options. How do you enter? Here’s how:

  • You get one entry by leaving me a comment below telling me what you’d like to make with canned salmon.

You can get additional entries by doing the following:

  • “Like” Pure Alaska Salmon Company on Facebook and leave me a comment telling me you did so,
  • “Follow” Pure Alaska Salmon Company on Twitter and leave me a comment telling me you did so,
  • “Like” Tasty Eats At Home on Facebook and leave me a comment telling me you did  so,
  • “Follow” Tasty Eats At Home on Facebook and leave me a comment telling me you did so,
  • Post an update on Facebook or Tweet about this giveaway, tagging Pure Alaska Salmon Company and Tasty Eats At Home.

This giveaway will end at 11:59 PM CDT on Sunday, March 25, 2012, so act quickly! No purchase necessary – just your comments, and bonus likes and follows!

Best of luck to you!


98 Responses to “Giveaway: Pure Alaska Salmon Company (Cilantro-Lime Salmon Salad in Avocado Cups)”

  1. I love canned salmon. I would love to make some salmon and eggs.

  2. I like you on FB.

  3. I follow PASC on Twitter.

  4. I would love to win some salmon!

    I would make a salmon curry by pan searing salmon and stir frying it with bell peppers, baby corn, red chili curry sauce and serving over soba noodles.

  5. Tweeted:!/GoddessFoodie/status/182508644770906113

  6. I follow you on Twitter.

  7. Love the look of this recipe, Alta! I am a total sucker for wild canned salmon and love eating it in everything: salads, stir-fries, straight from the can with mustard, and sauteed with kale for breakfast. :)

  8. I would make a rice casserole with salmon, peas and nori. Not the fanciest meal but it really hits the spot! :)

  9. Love this brand and great idea on the avocado cups!!

  10. LOVE Alaskian Salmon! My favorite is to put it in a great gluten-free, sugar-free salmon cake that I make with almond flour. It is SO good and good for you. Thanks for sharing the salmon salad recipe. This would be great to top a California salad – good inspiration.

  11. “Liked” Pure Alaska Salmon on Facebook! Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. That is one beautiful recipe, Alta! Two of my faves for sure. Oh, I’d be making salmon cakes right away if I had this salmon. My favorite time to eat salmon cakes is for breakfast. YUM!


    • Shirley – I actually made salmon cakes with the salmon too – they weren’t anything revolutionary (just green onion, garlic, Old Bay, almond flour, basically) but they were good! Love the breakfast idea. I love salmon for breakfast.

  13. Yum, fishies! :)

    I would probably eat it straight out of the can (perfect lunch) but I might make salmon cakes for the family as well.

  14. Are the cans BPA free?

  15. I love canned salmon because my cat thinks I’m a goddess. Mix it with avocado and cilantro, maybe some chickpeas= perfect lunch ‘salad’

    I also RT’d on twitter–that’s how saw the giveaway!

  16. I’d like to make the recipe on this post! LOL
    I’d probably adapt my mom’s tuna salad, made with homemade olive oil mayo and several veggies.

  17. I liked you on Facebook

  18. I’d love to make some salmon burgers!

  19. I like you on Facebook!

  20. I like Pure Alaskan Salmon on facebook

  21. I follow Pure Alaskan Salmon on twitter, too

  22. That’s so fun. My mom used to make these for special occasions with salmon or crab. We LOVED them!

  23. We used canned salmon (or the kind in a pouch) as a quick topping on a spinach salad, or mix it with cracker crumbs, egg, some seasonings and a bit of finely diced onion to make patties for an easy dinner.

  24. I will be following Tasty Eats on FB, now, too!

  25. I would luv to make GF salmon cakes! YUM!

  26. I liked and following Pure Alaska Salmon and Tasty eats at home! And Sharing them! Luv checking them out!
    Thanks, Maura

  27. I do occasionally use canned salmon (im the only one in my household that likes fish). Just wanted to add a sidenote: I worked in seafood for several years; it is not the meat of the farmed salmon that gets the dye, it is the food they are fed that has the dye in it to make the meat that ‘acceptable’ color, and as I am now learning–perhaps that’s even worse, I waw a quip a couplle of days ago that says we are what eat eats, and working in the seafood/meat industry–horror stories for sure!

  28. Oh, I forgot to mention that salmon is my absolute favorite fish. Living in the South for the last several years, I HAVE learned to like catfish, but Salmon Rules!

  29. I’d love to make some gluten free salmon cakes!

  30. Liked” Pure Alaska Salmon on Facebook! Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. Following Pure Alaska Salmon on Twitter! Thanks for the giveaway!

  32. I’m with Cheryl! Salmon with Chickpeas and Avocado. . Yummmm

  33. Liked YOU on facebook! Thanks for the giveaway!

  34. I love using canned salmon to make an alternative to crab cakes. I have a great crab cake recipe that I replace with salmon. And I always only get wild Alaska salmon.

  35. Thanks for the inspiration, your salad idea is awesome! I have adapted my salmon cake recipe and now enjoy it GF. I appreciate the link to obtain healthier salmon!

  36. I follow you on FB!

  37. I “liked” Pure Alaska Salmon Company on FB!

  38. I would make gluten-free salmon patties, probably serve them for dinner with baked sweet potato fries and cole slaw.

  39. Liked Pure Alaska Salmon Company on Facebook

  40. Thank you for the post! I love cooking with salmon; a simple light salmon salad with asparagus and gluten free goat cheese and pine nuts would sound WONDERFUL.

  41. Kala Mojakka, which is a Finnish/Canadian fish soup with potatoes, cream and onions.

  42. Salmon salad made with greek yogurt and lime on a teff tortilla with fresh greens.

  43. I like salmon croquets. That would probably be what I’d make first. ;)

  44. I like you on FB (and in real life, too!).

  45. I follow you on Twitter.

  46. I like Pure Alaska on FB.

  47. I follow Pure Alaska on Twitter.

  48. I tweeted about the giveaway. Thanks for hosting it!

  49. I’d make a salad. The one you made sounds delightful.

  50. I like Pure Alaska Salmon on FB – Suzanne Hill.

  51. I’m following Pure Alaska Salmon on Twitter – DucktorWho82.

  52. I like you on FB – Suzanne Hill.

  53. I’m following you on Twitter – DucktorWho82.

  54. I tweeted:!/DucktorWho82/status/182966505695232000

  55. I have a wonderful wrap made with tuna that I think would be great with salmon.

  56. I think either salmon cakes or a salmon pasta!

  57. Scrambled eggs with salmon

  58. Like Pure Alaska on Facebook

  59. Follow them on Twitter too

  60. Like Tasty Eats on Facebook

  61. Follow you on Twitter too :)

  62. I like canned salmon on top of my cobb salads :)

  63. Like them on Facebook

  64. Follow them on Twitter now

  65. Follow you on Twitter too – thanks for the great giveaway!

  66. I like salmon club sandwiches!

  67. I like Pure Alaska on FB

  68. Following you on Twitter

  69. Following Pure Alaska on Twitter too -great giveaway!

  70. I love Salmon Salad sandwiches on toast or on topped of mixed greens! :)

  71. I never use canned salmon, so I think I’d probably start with your recipe or something very much like it. avocado and salmon together in one dish? Yes please!

  72. I think I’d do a Salmon Croquette!

  73. I like Pure Salmon on FB!

  74. I’m following Pure Salmon on Twitter (@mssluna02)

  75. I like your fb page!

  76. These look so good! I once saw salad in avocado boats and thought it was such a good idea but never quite thought to re-create. Now youve reminded me!

    Can I consider myself entered!?

    Love your blog! :)

  77. I follow Pure Alaska on twitter

  78. I also like them on Facebook – thanks for the giveaway!

  79. Follow you on Twitter too :)

  80. There’s a recipe on their site that looks great, the Alaska Salmon Burgers.

  81. Like” Pure Alaska Salmon Company on Facebook

  82. “Follow” Pure Alaska Salmon Company on Twitter

  83. “Follow” Tasty Eats At Home on twitter


  84. “Like” Tasty Eats At Home on Facebook

  85. tweeted!/kc98765/status/183931111297130497

  86. Please delete this entry if this is double-posted–I thought I posted it, but now I don’t see it…

    shared on FB

  87. I” liked” Pure Alaska on facebook. I never enter these giveaways but the salmon would be great for my kids! And of course me too!

  88. I want to try your recipe for Cilantro-Lime Salmon Salad in Avocado Cups. I’m celiac, so that looks great!

  89. “Follow” Pure Alaska Salmon Company on Twitter

  90. “Follow” Tasty Eats At Home on twitter

  91. tweeted!/JBilliris/status/184062221888921600

  92. Hi, I would make Salmon Loaf, Salmon Soup, Salmon Salad & probably eat some straight from the can:)

  93. I follow Pure Alaska Salmon Company on Twitter.

  94. I follow Tasty Eats At Home on Twitter.

  95. I Tweeted about the giveaway.

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