Thursday, February 27, 2014

Baked Lemon-Herb Salmon & Herbed Quinoa

When my husband ate this last night, he said "this is the best salmon I have ever tasted; this is company-good!" and when he is willing to feed something to other people, it is definitely good.  What is even better is that it is incredibly easy to make.  If you are a quinoa-lover, as I am, then this herbed quinoa is a great side to go with the salmon, as they both have an olive oil, lemon juice and parsley base and so pair together well.  Plus, it is nice to use up the parsley in more than one dish since you get so much in a bunch. I feel so wasteful when I toss out an old half-used bunch of parsley or cilantro.  This quinoa can also be made ahead of time. I made it a few hours before dinner and just tossed it in the fridge.

Baked Lemon-Herb Salmon & Herbed Quinoa

Baked Lemon- Herb Salmon

Makes 2 servings


2 wild salmon filets (4-6oz each)
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In small bowl, whisk together all ingredients (except salmon).

2. Place salmon filets, skin side down, on center of a large piece of foil. Place in glass baking dish.  Pour mixture over salmon filets and enclose the filets to make a pouch with the foil. Place in oven and bake for 40 minutes, or until cook through.

(Recipe adapted from

Herbed Quinoa


2 3/4 cup organic chicken stock
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups organic quinoa, uncooked

 Dressing:1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup fresh organic parsley, chopped
1 Tbsp fresh organic thyme, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste


1. In a medium sized sauce pan, combine chicken stock, lemon juice and quinoa. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 14 minutes, covered, until liquid is absorbed.

2. To make the dressing, combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together. Pour over quinoa and stir until evenly combined. Serve warm or cold.

(Recipe adapted from Giada De Laurentii's Herbed Quinoa recipe on food

What are the nutritional benefits of this meal? Wild salmon gives nice dose of omega-3s and proteinGarlic contains flavonoids (a type of antioxidant), and is a great source of vitamins C and B6, and the mineral manganese. Olive oil contains monounsaturated fatty acids, which have been shown to help lower bad cholesterol (LDL), raise good cholesterol (HDL), and aid in blood sugar control. Lemon juice is high in vitamin C. Parsley is rich in vitamins C, K and A. Quinoa is a whole grain and is a complete protein, meaning it contains all 9 essential amino acids. Quinoa is also a great source if fiber, iron, lysine, magnesium, riboflavin and manganese. 

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