The roasted grape salsa topping this salmon dish brings out a burst of sweet and tart flavors. Salmon is rich in essential omega-3 fatty acids and known for its heart-healthy benefits. Grapes provide natural sweetness and are a source of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant.
This salmon recipe is easy – and the finished dish is sure to impress.
Makes 4 servings
- 4 6-ounce salmon fillets
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided, plus more to taste (optional)
- 1 teaspoon smoked or hot smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
- 4 1⁄2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- Crushed red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper
- 1 heaping cup seedless red grapes
- 1 medium red pepper, finely chopped
- 1 medium green pepper, finely chopped
- 1⁄2 cup diced red onion
- 1⁄4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped, plus small leaves for serving
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- Freshly ground black pepper
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Lightly season salmon with salt to taste, if desired, and place in a shallow baking dish.
3. Make the marinade: In a mixing bowl, whisk together paprika, cumin, parsley, 1⁄4 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon lime juice, and 2 tablespoons oil. Season with red pepper flakes to taste. Spoon marinade onto the salmon.
4. Toss grapes with 1⁄2 tablespoon oil and spread on baking dish with the salmon. Roast salmon until cooked through and flakes easily with a fork, about 15 minutes. Use an instant-read thermometer to check for an internal temperature of 135 F to 140 F.
5. Meanwhile, make the salsa: In a mixing bowl, add red and green peppers, onion, and 1⁄4 cup cilantro. Mix the vinaigrette: In a small bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, remaining 1 tablespoon lime juice, 1⁄4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Drizzle over salsa mixture.
6. Once salmon is cooked, remove grapes and add to the salsa. Give it a quick stir. Season salmon with black pepper and top each fillet with one-quarter of the salsa, spreading evenly to cover.
Top with remaining small cilantro leaves and serve.
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Rahaf Al Bochi is a registered dietitian nutritionist, media expert and founder of Olive Tree Nutrition, a nutrition consulting company specializing in Mediterranean eating and women’s health.