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Open-Faced Curried Salmon Salad Sandwiches on Apple Buns

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With a hint of curry and a touch of sweetness, these Open-Faced Curried Salmon Salad Sandwiches on Apple Buns make for the perfect gluten-free, paleo, and Whole 30-compliant meal or snack!

curried_salmon_saladOver the past several months, I have been up to my ears in internet articles, blog posts, and this gem right here.  After dabbling in the grain-free world for the past month or so, I will be fully committing to a grain-free, legume-free, dairy-free (I can still eat eggs), and sugar-free diet very soon.  That’s right, y’all, I’m doing the Whole 30!

curried_salmon_salad 6In a perfect world, I would have already started the Whole 30. However, I have this little (more like big) vacation to Colorado coming up that would have been much less enjoyable with such limiting restaurant options.  So after I am back from Colorado and I make it through the 4th of July weekend (why not go out with a bang?), I am Whole 30-ing it!  I have July 6th starred on my calendar as “the day,” and I have decided to dedicate at least 40 days to the Whole 30 and reintroduction phase.  Here’s to hoping I see some positive results because let me tell you, I am tired of hurting!

curried_salmon_salad 3Even though I am not starting the Whole 30 for another three weeks, I have been trying my best to prep my mind and body for the transition.  Dairy is completely out of my apartment (and has been for quite a while), I have been eating very few legumes, and all of the grains in my apartment have been eaten- except my beloved popcorn <– that one is going to be tough!  I am also a bit sad about having to pitch some of those sneaky sugar-laden products (aka, so many of my condiments).  But I figure if I start working on it all now, July 6th will be a lot easier.

curried_salmon_salad 2Another thing that I have been working on is learning to create Whole 30-compliant recipes.  While I imagine I will rely on a lot of ideas from other Whole 30 eaters, I still want to challenge myself in the kitchen… and keep you well fed!

I whipped up these compliant mini Open-Faced Curried Salmon Salad Sandwiches a couple of weeks back and served them on apple “buns” to keep them grain-free.  Not too shabby, if I do say so myself!

curried_salmon_saladAnd the thing that I love the most about this recipe is that it is completely customizable.  If you love chicken salad, use chicken.  Or maybe you’d rather use tuna or eggs.  Both would work great.  And if you are vegan, chickpea and tofu salads would be perfect too.  These are your mini sandwiches.  I say make them how you want them!  But please, don’t leave out the apple “buns!”

curried_salmon_salad 8Open-Faced Curried Salmon Salad Sandwiches on Apple Buns
Gluten-Free, Paleo, Whole 30-Compliant

Serves 3


2 6-ounce cans of chunk wild pink salmon (skinless and boneless, if desired), drained
3 stalks celery, finely chopped
3 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup mayonnaise (paleo, Whole 30-compliant, and/or dairy-free, depending on your needs)
1 TB Dijon mustard
1 1/2 tsp curry powder
fine sea salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
2 large or 3 small apples


1. Combine all ingredients except the apples in a medium bowl.  Stir until well-combined.

2. Refrigerate the salmon salad mixture for at least one hour.

3. Just before serving, slice the apples into half-inch rounds.  Carefully cut out the core and seeds of each slice.

4. Top apple rounds with salmon salad and serve open-faced.

curried_salmon_salad 7These mini sandwiches have plenty going on in the crunch department.  They make the idea of going grain-free so much less scary!

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If you feel like joining in on the Whole 30 on July 6th, let me know!  I’d love some buddies for the journey.

What are your favorite Whole 30-compliant recipes?  Please share them in the comments.  I need meal and snack ideas!

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  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine June 14, 2015, 7:06 am
    Now that is something unique! But totally yum!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 14, 2015, 8:52 am
      It is definitely SUPER yum.. though I might be biased ;)
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul June 14, 2015, 12:15 pm
    I love the idea of using thick apple slices as a bun!! SO fun and yummy! Erin @ Her Heartland Soul recently posted...Saturday SharesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 14, 2015, 2:38 pm
      They turned out really good. I'll definitely be doing it more often!
  • Megan June 14, 2015, 4:31 pm
    I saw this recipe on your facebook page and thought I'd click to see how it would work with say egg salad. Now I see you gave that as an option! Great minds and all :) I'm loving the grain free apple idea as they are so good for you and help to keep you full. Wonderful recipe I'm gonna have to try out. Thanks!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 14, 2015, 4:43 pm
      Great minds DO think a like, Megan! I hope you give the concept a try. Let me know how it tastes with egg salad :)
  • bethany @ athletic avocado June 15, 2015, 6:41 am
    This is such a great idea! Love the Apple "buns"! bethany @ athletic avocado recently posted...Amazing Granola Recipes Roundup!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 15, 2015, 2:19 pm
      They are pretty fun! I'm already thinking of what else I can make with them :)
  • Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks June 15, 2015, 11:30 am
    These would be awesome appetizers too! Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks recently posted...Roasted Summer Vegetable Pasta with Vegan PestoMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 15, 2015, 2:20 pm
      Oooo, good thinking! They most definitely would be. I'll have to keep that in mind if I am ever entertaining.
  • Emily @ Sinful Nutrition June 22, 2015, 11:01 am
    Love me some apple buns! Actually I've never tried it, but I know I'd love it. Maybe I'll join you for the Whole 30! Since we're going through a similar transition, it may be a good time for me to give it a try! Especially being after the 4th. Good planning ;) Emily @ Sinful Nutrition recently posted...Blueberry Lemon Basil Hand PiesMy Profile

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