MEDITERRANEAN SPICED SALMON AND VEGETABLE QUINOA

Mediterranean spiced salmon and vegetable quinoa recipe is a healthy protein packed meal! Earthy spices roasted lemons and fresh vegetables in each bite.

With the change of the seasons, I feel like I’m not only shedding off the warm layers of clothes, but I’m ready for some fresh new produce and lighter meals. Are you ready too?

One ingredient that I always use to brighten up dishes is lemons. I never leave an inch of zest behind because it adds so much more flavor and aroma than just the zippy juice alone.

Mediterranean meals are the best way to showcase springtime because the cuisine is naturally simple and packed with vegetables. I’m so excited to share this spiced salmon and vegetable quinoa recipe with you! It has been my go-to weekday meal because it takes under an hour and requires minimal effort.

Chop, simmer, broil and you’ve got a protein and vegetable packed dinner all in one bowl. Don’t blink otherwise you’ll miss how I make this wonderful meal, just for you!

MEDITERRANEAN SPICED SALMON AND VEGETABLE QUINOA
MEDITERRANEAN SPICED SALMON AND VEGETABLE QUINOA

INGREDIENTS

Quinoa-

  • 1 cup quinoa uncooked
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup english cucumbers diced, seeded
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes sliced in half
  • 1/4 cup red onion finely diced
  • 4 basil leaves thinly sliced
  • zest of one lemon

Salmon-

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 20 ounces salmon fillets (four 5-ounce pieces)
  • 8 lemon wedges
  • 1/4 cup parsley chopped fresh

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a medium saucepan with a lid, bring 1 cup quinoa, 2 cups of water and ½ teaspoon salt to a boil. Cover and reduce to a simmer, cooking about 20 minutes or according to package directions until quinoa is light and fluffy. Turn off heat and let sit for at least 5 minutes covered before serving. Right before serving mix in the cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, basil and lemon zest. Meanwhile, make the salmon.
  2. In a small bowl combine salt, pepper, cumin and paprika. Line a sheet pan or glass dish with foil and lightly grease with olive oil or nonstick cooking spray. Transfer salmon fillets to pan. Evenly coat the surface of each fillet with about ½ teaspoon of the spice mixture.

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