Salmon Burgers with Kohlrabi Noodle and Flaxseed Caesar Salad

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Salmon Burgers with Kohlrabi Noodle and Flaxseed Caesar Salad

Salmon Burgers with Kohlrabi Noodle and Flaxseed Caesar Salad

I have a point, so bear with me. It’s about flaxseed.

To be honest, there are so many health tips and superfoods out there, sometimes, it backfires.

I think it can be terribly confusing as to “what’s healthy” these days and that’s part of the problem.

Salmon Burgers with Kohlrabi Noodle and Flaxseed Caesar Salad

There are times when I wake up groggily on a Saturday and see the world posting perfectly arranged nectarines and blueberries atop a gelatinous tub of chia pudding. I immediately think, “I should be eating that! I should be eating chia!”

Like with chia, I recently felt this way about flaxseed. I hadn’t really used it much (sprinkling it on salads and that’s about it) until I kept seeing it popup as a “must-have” pantry item.

I decided to try it out and it really does have the most delightful nutty flavor. So, I used it in today’s recipe. Then, I thought to myself, “Is that flaxseed really adding anything to this recipe or is it just so you can say you used flaxseed?”

The answer was: no, it really doesn’t add much. I mean, that nice nutty flavor and obviously more nutrients, but no, it’s not necessary.

So, I rewrote the recipe and made the flaxseed optional. It’s also an expensive pantry item and not always readily accessible.

Salmon Burgers with Kohlrabi Noodle and Flaxseed Caesar Salad

There’s one calming mantra I tell myself when I succumb to trending ingredients: “You didn’t grow up eating this stuff and look at you now – all tall and mighty!”

The truth is, is that as long as you’re eating whole, unprocessed foods (and primarily vegetables), you’re good. Healthy eating is way simpler than most people think.

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But what about chia? Flaxseed? Matcha? Acai? They’re all going to add even more nutrients to your diet, but don’t panic – if you already eat a well-balanced diet, you’re on the right track. If you want an extra boost, try one out – I actually really love matcha lattes right now.

Salmon Burgers with Kohlrabi Noodle and Flaxseed Caesar Salad

Eat veggies, eat clean, drink a ton of water, but most importantly, let yourself live. If there’s one thing I’ve learned through my own health journey and being a healthy blogger is that if you don’t have those moments when you eat a bag of Pepperidge Farms soft baked chocolate chip cookies, you’ll go crazy. Or is that just me? 🙂

I absolutely love this recipe, mainly because it’s so easy and literally comes together within 25 minutes if you follow it exactly and are a quick prepper. This salmon burger recipe needs to be bookmarked, because it’s amazing – juicy, flavorful and made with real ingredients.

Salmon Burgers with Kohlrabi Noodle and Flaxseed Caesar Salad

Sorry if I got a bit preachy, I just wanted to be transparent about these dang flaxseeds, after I photographed the recipe!

Nutritional Information & Recipe

Weight Watchers PointsPlus* 8 points

*These points were calculated using the official Weight Watchers PointsPlus® calculator. We are in no way affiliated with Weight Watchers, we are providing this information based on popular demand.


Salmon Burgers with Kohlrabi Noodle and Flaxseed Caesar Salad

Yields 2

25 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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  • For the burgers:
  • 1/2 pound salmon filet, skinless, cut into cubes
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon minced parsley
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 diced scallions
  • For the salad:
  • 2 kohlrabis, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds (optional)
  • For the dressing
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews, soaked for at least 30 minutes and drained
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cashew (or almond) milk
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Place all of the ingredients for the dressing into a food processor or blender and pulse until creamy. Taste and adjust to your preferences.
  2. Slice the kohlrabi halfway through (don’t slice farther than the center) and then spiralize with Blade C.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, add in the kohlrabi noodles. Pour in 3/4 of the dressing and toss to combine thoroughly. Set aside in the refrigerator, along with the rest of the dressing (place in a small bowl.)
  4. Wipe out and clean the used food processor (or blender.) Then, place in all of the ingredients but the green onions for the salmon burgers. Pulse until the burger mix is formed (no large chunks of salmon left.) Don’t overpulse and make the salmon pastey. Empty the salmon mix into a medium bowl and stir in the green onions. Form two patties.
  5. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add in the olive oil. Once oil heats, add in the salmon burgers, season the tops with salt and pepper and let cook 2-3 minutes per side.
  6. While salmon burgers cook, plate the kohlrabi noodles into two bowls and top each with flaxseed (optional).
  7. When burgers are done, place atop the kohlrabi bowls and then drizzle each with leftover reserved Caesar dressing.

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Kristen says:
I had some gastric issues with the flax, a friend recently told me that Chia doesn't cause the distress. Anyone have the same experience? And.....the salmon part, yes! I Make those AND LOVE em.
Bridget says:
Hi Kristen, I have gastric issues with flax and chia does the same for me. Good luck!
Helen says:
Coming late to the game here, it being March 2016, but my experience with chia is that my system doesn't like it at all. On the other hand, my husband and I both add 2 tablespoons or more of ground golden flax seed to our morning cooked whole-grain cereal and have never had digestive problems with flax.
Erin R. says:
I think you're right. I've bought quinoa exactly one time, and have never bought chia or hemp seeds. I think it's nice when these things get their moment in the spotlight, that's how I found out about flax seeds, which I do like. :) But it's important for people to use their heads and not get all caught up in the mania. Just as you said, maybe try something out of curiosity or if you think it may fulfill a need in your particular diet, but remember to chill out and not go crazy. Oatmeal, fruit, cottage cheese, etc., have worked for me for years and I think I'll stick with them. Healthy eating IS much simpler and much more intuitive than people think. And those salmon patties...GUH. Mouthwatering.
Becky says:
This looks good. I'm working on making this for dinner tonight. One clarification thought. "When burgers are done, place atop the kohlrabi bowls and then drizzle each with leftover reserved Caesar dressing." Is the leftover Caesar dressing the cashew dressing? Thanks Becky
Trisha Byrnes says:
Can you use canned salmon in place of fresh salmon? If so, what would the amount be? Thank you.
Ali Maffucci says:
I wouldn't recommend canned salmon here - the moistness comes from that fresh salmon! But, if you don't have salmon accessible, then replace exactly with canned salmon.
Bridget says:
Thanks for preaching Ali! Always helpful for me to get that reminder/reality check that you don't have to add all the new items to be eating healthy :)
Maria Johnson Sawyerr says:
I made the salmon patties tonight and I can't believe how good they were. I will definitely be making these again!
Suzy says:
Hi Ali! I wondered if you have a preferred food processor for making 'rice' and recipes like the salmon burgers? I have a magic bullet which is great for creaming things but not chopping them. I just get paste! Thank you, Suzy
Shelley says:
Hi there, just wondering if it's possible to use canned salmon? Fresh salmon is really expensive right now!
Casey says:
Hi,I can't get Kohlrabi here...any suggestions for alternatives? This looks amazing!
Trish says:
Is the salmon raw or cooked when you shape the burgers (ie do I need to percook my salmon)?
Oh my gosh thanks for submitting this! Items and I mix up cans of salmon All of the time however typically eat it cold like a carrot salad, then this also seems fantastic

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