BBQ salmon and Southern-style rice salad with cabbage and cranberries

In order to bring you the best organic produce, some ingredients may differ from those depicted.

BBQ salmon and Southern-style rice salad with cabbage and cranberries

BBQ salmon and Southern-style rice salad with cabbage and cranberries

Gluten-Free Friendly, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Mediterranean, Pescatarian, Diabetes-Friendly, Spicy, Protein Plus

2 Servings, 680 Calories/Serving

25–40 Minutes

Thanks to our Memphis BBQ rub, you can achieve all the sweet-smoky flavor without the BBQ pit. Just season the salmon, turn up the heat, and enjoy some down-home Southern cooking.

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1 bag serves 2 (2 bags serve 4)
Sunbasket is proud to source the organic ingredients indicated below. On the rare occasion we are unable to meet our organic promise, we'll put a note in your bag.
  • ½ cup quick-cooking long-grain brown rice
  • 1 organic yellow onion
  • Sunbasket Memphis BBQ rub (brown sugar - sweet smoked paprika - kosher salt - onion powder - granulated garlic - black pepper - ground ginger - dried thyme)
  • Fish options:
  • 2 sustainably raised Faroe Islands skinless salmon fillets (about 5 ounces each)
  • 2 wild skin-on snapper fillets (about 6 ounces each)
  • 1 wedge organic green or other cabbage (about 7 ounces)
  • 3 organic scallions
  • 3 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • Sunbasket chipotle-mustard vinaigrette (extra virgin olive oil - whole grain mustard - onion - apple cider vinegar - tomato paste - kosher salt - chipotle chile powder)

Nutrition per serving

Calories 680, Total Fat 32g (41% DV), Sat. Fat 6g (30% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholest. 65mg (22% DV), Sodium 640mg (28% DV), Total Carb. 70g (25% DV), Fiber 5g (18% DV), Total Sugars 23g (Incl. 16g Added Sugars, 32% DV), Protein 30g

Sodium does not include pantry salt; for reference, ⅛; teaspoon kosher salt per serving averages 240mg (10% DV). Not a significant source of trans fat. Packed in a facility that handles all major food allergens* and gluten.

*Milk, Eggs, Fish, Crustacean Shellfish, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat, Soybeans, Sesame.


2-serving instructions (4-serving modifications in red)

Wash produce before use


Cook the rice

In a small sauce pot, combine the rice and 1 cup [1¾ cups] water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed, 25 to 30 minutes. Fluff with a fork, cover, and keep warm.

While the rice is cooking, prepare the rest of the meal.


Prep and cook the onion

  • Peel and thinly slice enough onion to measure 1 cup [2 cups]. 
  • Measure 1 teaspoon [2 tsp] Memphis BBQ rub for the onion; set aside the rest for the fish.

In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, warm 1 to 2 tablespoons oil until hot but not smoking. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in 1 teaspoon [2 tsp] Memphis BBQ rub and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer the caramelized onion to a large bowl. Do not clean the pan.

While the onion is cooking, prepare the fish.


Prep and cook the fish

  • Pat the fish dry with a paper towel; season lightly with salt, pepper, and the remaining Memphis BBQ rub.


In the same pan used for the onion, if dry, add 1 to 2 teaspoons oil. Warm over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. 



Add the salmon and cook until lightly browned on the bottom side, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn and cook until the flesh is opaque and flaky, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate.



Add the snapper, skin side down, and cook until the skin is crisp, 3 to 5 minutes. Turn and cook until the flesh is opaque and flaky, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

While the fish is cooking, make the salad.



Prep the remaining ingredients; assemble the Southern-style salad

  • Cut away any core from the cabbage; coarsely chop the cabbage.
  • Trim the root ends from the scallions; thinly slice the scallions.

To the bowl with the caramelized onion, add the cabbage, scallions, dried cranberries, and half the chipotle-mustard vinaigrette and toss to combine. Stir in the rice; season to taste with salt, pepper, and more vinaigrette if desired.


Transfer the Southern-style salad to individual bowls and top with the fish. Serve any remaining vinaigrette on the side.

Kids Can!
  • Measure the water for the rice. 
  • Measure the onion and BBQ rub.
  • Time the cooking. 
  • Add the cabbage, scallions, and cranberries to the caramelized onion.