Last week, Kevin and I dined on chipotle salmon burgers, mambo rice, and salad with avocado – delish! First, let me tell you about the salmon burgers. My mom found this recipe in Cooking Lite magazine.


Shape the patties up to eight hours in advance, and cook just before serving. Use a grill pan or nonstick skillet to cook them since they may not hold up on a standard grill. If you have a mini food processor, use it to prepare the mayonnaise mixture. You can use regular hamburger buns instead of English muffins. *Note: We ate ours without the bread and they were delicious. Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 burger)



Mayonnaise Sauce:

  • 1  tablespoon  chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3  tablespoons  light mayonnaise
  • 2  tablespoons  finely chopped fresh mango
  • 1  tablespoon  finely chopped fresh pineapple
  • 1/8  teaspoon  finely grated lime rind


  • 1/3  cup  chopped green onions
  • 1/4  cup  chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1  tablespoon  finely chopped chipotle chile, canned in adobo sauce
  • 2  teaspoons  fresh lime juice
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1  (1 1/4-pound) salmon fillet, skinned and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Cooking spray
  • 4  English muffins
  • 4  butter lettuce leaves




1. To prepare mayonnaise, combine first 5 ingredients in a food processor or blender; process until smooth. Transfer to a bowl; cover and chill.

2. To prepare burgers, place onions, 1/4 cup cilantro, chile, and juice in a food processor; process until finely chopped. Add salt and salmon; pulse 4 times or until salmon is coarsely ground and mixture is well blended.

3. Divide salmon mixture into 4 equal portions; shape each portion into a (1-inch-thick) patty. Cover and chill 30 minutes.

4. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties to pan; cook 6 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness.

5. Wipe skillet with paper towels; recoat with cooking spray. Place 2 muffins, cut sides down, in pan; cook 2 minutes or until lightly toasted. Repeat procedure with cooking spray and remaining muffins.

6. Place 1 muffin bottom on each of 4 plates; top each serving with 1 lettuce leaf and 1 patty. Spread about 1 tablespoon mayonnaise mixture over each patty; place 1 muffin top on each serving.


I discovered mambo rice when watching an episode of Guy’s Big Bite on Food Network featuring Guy Fieri. I’ve served this at a few get-togethers and it’s always a hit. The recipe says it makes 4 servings, but I don’t think that’s accurate. I cut the recipe in half and we still had a lot left over.



  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups rice
  • 1 cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • 4 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper



Add water, chicken stock and rice to a rice cooker. Cook until al dente.

Combine all other ingredients in a bowl.

Remove rice from cooker and toss, separating with fork. Once rice is separated, slowly add the blended mixture.