I’ve had some requests for more fish recipes on the blog (here you go Anna!), and when I found this recipe, I couldn’t pass it up! Aside from ordering sushi or enjoying fish at a local eatery, I never make it. I’ll blame the boyfriend since he doesn’t like it – sorry, Josh!
Today, the weather was nice and I wanted a meal that fit the season. I do love salmon, and strawberries are basically in season here in NYC – finally – so this really was the perfect recipe to whip up on this not too shabby spring day.
Baked Salmon with Strawberry Salsa & Spinach
by Healthy Girl and the City
Serves 2 (or in this case since the boyfriend won’t eat it – 1 person, twice)
adapted from Whole Foods “Baked Salmon with Spinach and Strawberry Salsa“
What you need:
- 2 3-4 oz salmon filets, skin removed
- 1/2 tsp lemon zest
- 6 large strawberries, diced
- 1 kiwi, peeled & diced
- 1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded & diced
- 1 jalapeno, seeded & minced
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh mint
- 2 cloves garlic, pressed
- juice of 1/4 lemon
- 2 cups (aka 1/2 a bag) of baby spinach
What to do:
- Preheat over to 350 degrees F – place salmon on a baking sheet and sprinkle with lemon zest, bake 15-18 minutes
- While the fish is cooking, place the strawberries, kiwi, cucumber, jalapeno, mint, garlic & lemon juice in a bowl and toss
- Steam spinach
- Divide spinach among plates – put salmon on top and salsa on top of that
As you can see, I made lots of salsa and really piled it on. It was so good I was eating spoonfuls of it while waiting for the salmon to finish baking. Nothing wrong with a little taste testing if you ask me.
I had to add garlic, couldn’t help myself. And strawberries pack a nice little nutritional punch!
Health Benefits of Strawberries (thanks wikipedia)
- Vitamin C – one serving (8 strawberries) has more C than an orange
- Dietary fiber
- Antioxidants – in the top 20 fruits for antioxidant capacity
- Also contains folate, potassium & manganese
Throw some strawberry salsa on top of salmon (protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D) and spinach (antioxidants, iron, calcium – too many vitamins and minerals to list) and you’ve got yourself one über healthy meal.
This inspired me to make something else involving fish real soon…