Healthy Recipe: Spicy Salmon with Olive-and-Lemon Quinoa

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Salmon and quinoa

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Makes: 4 servings

  • ½ cup chopped scallions
  • Small pinch red pepper flakes
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 ½ tbsp. olive oil
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 lb. thick skin-on salmon fillet
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tbsp. toasted pine nuts
  • 2 tbsp. pitted, chopped black olives
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. finely grated lemon zest
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. In a small bowl, combine the scallion and red pepper with the salt and 1.2 tbsp. of the olive oil.
  2. Spray a small roasting pan with nonstick cooking spray and lay the salmon in it skin side down. Cover the fish with scallion-and-red-pepper mixture. Roast the salmon in the top third oven until it is barely opaque at the center of the thickest part, about 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. Add the quinoa; cover and cook over low heat until the water is absorbed, about 12 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and add the remaining olive oil and the pine nuts, olives, lemon juice and lemon zest. Serve the salmon over the quinoa.

Nutrition Facts per Serving: 472 calories, 31g protein, 30g carbohydrate, 26g fat ( 4.9g saturated), 3g fiber


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