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Pseudo Salad

Posted: Friday, Sep. 20, 2013

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Chef Troy Gagliardo

"Chef Troy" Gagliardo hosts a weekly cooking segment called "Troy's Everyday Eats" live every Tuesday on WCCB News Rising from 7 to 9 a.m. He has made over 300 appearances on the show showcasing over 1000 of his unique original recipes. He was also voted one of the Top Five best chefs in Charlotte in 2013. Troy has penned a cookbook called Pseudo Southern, which has been endorsed by celebrity chef and best selling author Fabio Viviani. His business Motown Spice Provisions supplies some of the top restaurants and country clubs in the greater Charlotte area for the past 10 years. He is a self-taught chef who learned early on the importance of family and food, and the connection between both, from his parents and grandparents. Contact him at Visit, and follow Troy on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Excerpt from Chef Troy’s new cookbook Pseudo Southern; order now at

Salmon and salads go together like beer and horseshoes, especially when you jack up the flavor of salmon with a spicy, sweet, and citrusy glaze.

Orange, chipotle, and molasses are combined and brushed on grilled or seared salmon, then flaked onto peppery, crisp arugula. After that, it’s drizzled with a simple homemade dressing with ginger, more orange, and a subtle bite of rice wine vinegar.

Grilled corn adds a charred taste and crunchy texture, and the creamy silkiness of avocado makes this way more than a salad. This entrée takes more than just a few Pseudo Southern ingredients and combines them into an epic salad that is sure to become a favorite.

To see this salad and more entrée salads check out Chef Troy’s “Tuesdays with Troy” segment courtesy WCCB Charlotte.

Molasses Orange Chipotle Glazed Salmon Arugula Salad


• 4-4/6 Ounce-Salmon Filets-skin off
• To Drizzle-Canola Oil
• To Taste-Kosher Salt/Black Pepper
• 3 Tablespoons-Molasses-full flavor
• 1/2 Each-Orange-juice of
• 1 Teaspoon-Chipotle Puree-canned chipotle peppers in adobo, puree in blender


• 8 Cups-Baby Spinach
• 1 Each-Corn on the Cob-par boiled, oiled, season, charred on grill
• 1/4 Cup-Red Onion-sliced into half moons
• 1 Each-Avocado-halved, pit removed, sliced thin
• 4 Ounces-Goat Cheese-crumbled
• 1/2 Cup-Smokehouse Almonds-rough chopped


• 1 Teaspoon-Dijon Mustard
• 2 Tablespoons-Orange Juice
• 1 Tablespoon-Rice Vinegar
• 1 Tablespoon-Ginger-finely grated
• 1/4 Cup-Canola Oil
• To Taste-Kosher Salt/Black Pepper
• 2 Teaspoons-Sesame Seeds


1. Preheat grill or grill pan to medium high heat.
2. Whisk together molasses, orange juice and chipotle puree until well combined.
3. Drizzle salmon with oil, season with salt/pepper and place on grill flesh side down.
4. Let salmon grill without moving for 2-3 minutes or until it release itself from the grates.
5. Carefully slide a flat metal spatula under salmon.
6. Turn 45 degrees, grill another 2-3 minutes and flip.
7. Brush salmon with molasses chipotle glaze; continue grilling and brushing with glaze.
8. Cook salmon until just cooked through about 3-5 minutes more.
9. Brush with glaze just before removing from grill and place on a plate.
10. Put in refrigerator until completely cooled.
11. Prepare dressing by placing mustard, orange juice, vinegar and ginger in a blender.
12. Blend to combine; while blender is running, slowly add oil until all has been incorporated.
13. Pour dressing into a bowl, season with salt/pepper and whisk in sesame seeds.
14. Evenly disperse arugula on a large serving platter or 4 individual plates.
15. Top with corn, onions, and avocado.
16. Gently flake off salmon into large pieces on top of salad.
17. Top with goat cheese, almonds and drizzle a little dressing over salad.
18. Serve immediately with remaining dressing on side.

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