I decided one morning that I wanted Salmon for lunch and that I needed to try baking it. I was pleasantly surprised that my house did not smell as fishy as when I make it on the stove. Not to mention I had left overs and gave it to my daughter and 5 year old for an after school snack. They gobbled it right up. My 5 year old has NEVER liked salmon and now asks me to make it for him. I call that a SUCCESS!! Still trying to figure out how to get my 8 year old to try it. Any suggestions? LOL!
Baked Salmon Salad
2-3 Salmon Fillets (5-6 ounces each)
6 TBS Olive Oil
3-4 Fresh Garlic Cloves, Minced
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Fresh Cracked Pepper
2 TBS Fresh Cilantro, Chopped
2 TBS Fresh Lime Juice
4 Cups Fresh Greens (Romain, Baby Spinach, Arugula, Etc.)
20 Cherry Tomatoes, Cut in half
6 Wedges of Lime
Put the salmon fillets in a glass dish and set aside. Combine olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, cilantro, and lime juice in a small bowl and mix well. Pour over fish and make sure it is evenly coated. Cover and put in refrigerator for at least an hour to marinate. Turn fish over once if desired.
While the salmon is marinating cut 2-3 (depending on how many fillets you have) squares of foil for the salmon to be cooked in. Once the salmon is done marinating preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Put one fillet on each foil square. Turn up the sides of the foil to create a barrier. Pour some of the marinade onto each of your fillets then close each foil packet. Make sure it is sealed tightly on each side. Place each foil packet on to a baking sheet to prevent messes in your oven.
Bake salmon for about 35 minutes or until fish is flaky. The length of time will depend on how thick your fillets are. While the salmon is baking prepare your salad. Divide the fresh greens and tomatoes among 2-3 plates. Add 2 lime wedges to each plate.
Once the salmon is done baking take out of oven, open slightly and let sit for 3-5 minutes. Add one salmon fillet to the top of each salad. Squeeze the lime wedges over the top of your salad and enjoy.
*This salmon would be amazing without doing a salad. Use it to make fish tacos or for dinner with a side of quinoa.