Your Ultimate Pre-Finals Meal: Salmon salad with blueberries


As finals approach at a rapid pace, students at GU are hitting the books to try and pass their last tests.


But scoring A’s on finals isn’t as simple as reviewing old notes. Part of finals preparation is the superstitious rituals that we all partake in. The slackers will pray or bargain with God (‘I promise if I pass this test I will never procrastinate again!), the math majors will calculate an optimal ratio of sleep to studying that they will strictly adhere to, and the English majors will make sure that they use only their lucky pen for every test that week.


These coping mechanisms are completely normal; we are all college students and thus we all worry about finals. We missed a class here and there, and we overlooked some material we should have learned during the year. Thus we resort to these non-academic methods of increasing our chances to save our GPA’s.


So while your doing your lucky dance in the kitchen during a study break, whip up some brain food. The foods in this recipe have been proven to have benefits for cognitive function, including memory.


The recipe is for a salmon salad. Olive oil, salmon, blueberries, walnuts, avocado and spinach are all considered brain foods. Here’s a link if you’re interested in learning the details on how these foods help:  


Here’s what you will need for the salad:


1 salmon filet

4 tablespoons olive oil

Salt and pepper

1 bag of prewashed spinach

2 teaspoons premade raspberry vinaigrette

1 avocado, sliced

1 handful walnuts

Blue cheese crumbles


We will prepare the salmon first. Warm the pan and oil up to medium high heat. Place the filet in the pan with a little salt and pepper and cook for 3-4 minutes. Flip gently and cook again for a few minutes. The fish will transform from a light clear color to a solid one. Peek in the middle with a knife and fork to see the color: if its turned to a solid pink you’ll know that it’s done.

Place your spinach in a bowl. Add sliced avocado, blueberries, blue cheese crumbles and walnuts. Add the raspberry vinaigrette and toss. Finally, gently pull salmon apart and place on top of salad. Serve immediately.


I ate a salmon salad similar to this the day before my SAT test in high school. Whether it was actually the food or a placebo effect, I swear that I felt smarter while taking that test and I scored well above my previous score.


I’m not promising anything. All I’m saying is that while you’re at it doing your lucky dance or picking out your lucky outfit, you might as well add one more piece of good test-taking karma. Who knows? It might just work.


By Savy Varyu


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