Roast Salmon with Heirloom Tomatoes

I know I’ve been heavy on the salmon recipes lately but I’ve always cooked and posted whatever I happen to be craving and this salmon obsession has lasted a little longer than usual, ha!  And now that I’ve discovered that tomatoes and salmon are so delicious together, there’s no stopping me.  Kidding!  This is the last one for awhile – I swear!


This easy, healthy dish is only 15 minutes to prepare and you can serve it to company or throw it together on a weeknight when you’re rushed for time.

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I saw this recipe originally on bon appetit three years ago when I was blogging as a hobby and I’ve wanted to make it ever since.  I changed up the recipe by substituting my pickled leeks  for red onions and I did a quick grill then roast on the salmon.

Roast Salmon and Heirloom Tomatoes | Simply Fresh Dinners

I’m lucky to have made a friend of the manager of the seafood department at my local market.  Lori lets me know about all the upcoming sales and she made sure I was able to get my hands on this beautiful Norwegian salmon.  She is from the east coast of Canada and given that I spent quite a few years on the west coast, we love to talk seafood, exchange cooking and budget tips and always a few laughs. She also points out brands that are wild, organic and sustainable.  Thanks, Lori – it’s great to know I’m always going to see a friendly face at the market!

Roast Salmon and Heirloom Tomatoes | Simply Fresh Dinners

There’s nothing easier than throwing this simple tomato salad together and some salmon on the BBQ or for a quick roast in the oven.  Don’t forget the glass of chardonnay.  Cheers!

Roast Salmon with Heirloom Tomatoes
Recipe Type: Main Course
Cuisine: Seafood
Author: Adapted from bon appetit
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Serves: 4
This easy, healthy dish is only 15 minutes to prepare and you can serve it to company or throw it together on a weeknight when you’re rushed for time. A great way for the whole family to get those important omega-3’s!
  • 4 skinless salmon fillets
  • 2 tbsp. white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1½ lb. mixed heirloom or regular tomatoes
  • ½ c. torn fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ c. diced red onion (or [url href=”” target=”_blank”]pickled leeks[/url])
  • 2 tbsp. capers
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F
  2. Whisk vinegar, oil, and garlic in a large bowl until blended. Gently stir in tomatoes, basil, onions, capers, and kosher salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in large non-stick ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat until nearly smoking. Sear salmon fillets skin-side up 2 minutes. Flip, then transfer skillet to oven and cook 7-10 minutes more or until salmon is just cooked through. (depending on thickness) Be careful not to overcook. Mine took 7 minutes and my oven tends to run hot. Read[url href=”” target=”_blank”]this post[/url] if unsure about thickness and cooking times.
  4. Spoon tomato salad onto plates and top with grilled salmon.

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  • Reply
    Anita Rivera
    May 31, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Love love love this fish. It’s my favorite of all time, and no matter how you fix it, I’ll eat it. HELLO ROBYN!

    Thanks for replying to my comment from the last post! Yes, it is a busy time, and soon both of us, (I hope!) will be playing more with all the things we love. Summer is almost here for me, and I had a super weekend. Funny however, my photos as of late are no working out in RAW! I waited for the peonies to bloom so I could get loads of them from my neighbors which I did, but the photos of them came out terrible. The RAW does something strange to pink!

    I wish you a happy week; mine is almost done in that I have only three more classes this week to complete, enter my grades and I AM DONE!

    Happy meals my friend! Anita

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      May 31, 2016 at 5:03 pm

      Hi Anita,
      I just had a moment to look at your gorgeous photos on IG but I don’t it’s the RAW setting. When we get a chance we should chat about your other settings. As the light changes with summer, you’re going to change them up. Let’s talk soon. Your photos are stunning. I’m hoping to get some time to sit down to really appreciate them! Love to you. xoxo

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    May 31, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Well there is no such thing as too much salmon so….keep it coming!! I just picked up another 2 beautiful pieces and some cedar planks to grill for my brother and I later this week <3
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      May 31, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      I agree with you, Rebecca, and now that I think of it I’m sure most of my readers agree too! lol. Love the cedar planks!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    May 31, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Goodness this dish looks fantastic! This is truly the perfect summer meal. Thanks so much Robyn – sharing and pining!
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      May 31, 2016 at 5:35 pm

      Thanks so much, Tricia. It really couldn’t be simpler!

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    Chris Scheuer
    May 31, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    This is just as pretty as a picture Robyn and I love how easy and quick it comes together!
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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    May 31, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    This is my kind of dinner – quick, easy, delicious and pretty 🙂
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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    June 1, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Hard not to eat salmon at this time of the year — just love the wild Alaskan stuff. This is a wonderful dish — so much flavor and eye appeal. And pretty quick and easy to put together. Winner! Thanks so much.
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    June 1, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    I can’t wait for the beautiful tomatoes to start popping up at the farmer’s market so that I can make this amazing looking dish!
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      June 3, 2016 at 8:58 am

      I wait all year for the good tomatoes too, Sara. I need a greenhouse so I can grow my own year round!

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    June 1, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Fantastic dish of course…a fav…..Love that you know the local butcher lady. Nothing better than fresh tomatoes and salmon. Easy, quick and so good! Lots of love from W.W. xo
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      June 3, 2016 at 8:57 am

      Lori is a ton of fun, Linda 🙂 Are you growing tomatoes in your garden?
      Have a fabulous weekend, friend. oxox

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    June 1, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Wonderful dish Robyn, I always put my salmon on a bed of greens, but I love the colorful tomatoes!
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      June 3, 2016 at 8:55 am

      I’m thinking next time I’ll use the smaller heirlooms and toss them in the oven with the salmon, Sue. 🙂

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    GiGi Eats
    June 1, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    That woman at the fish counter and I would be BESTIES!!!!! LOL!
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      June 3, 2016 at 8:54 am

      LOL, she would love you, crazy girl!

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    Blair @ The Seasoned Mom
    June 1, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Definitely my kind of dinner! 15 minutes, healthy, and fresh! So glad that summer is HERE!!! We put our herbs and our tomatoes in the ground last weekend, so I’m just waiting for homegrown dinners like this! Love it…there’s no such thing as too many salmon recipes. 🙂
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      June 3, 2016 at 8:54 am

      LOL, everyone keeps telling me that, Blair, so I’ll keep em coming. Can’t wait to see what you do with your tomatoes! So touched by your lovely Father’s Day post 🙂

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    June 2, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Hi Robyn, just saw this recipe, not sure how I missed it a few days ago, love, love this dish. I could eat salmon everyday. Today we spurged and went out for lunch and I had half a dungeness crab….. oh it was so good.
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      June 3, 2016 at 8:43 am

      Oh, I love dungeness crab, Cheri. I had a feeling you’d like this, too 🙂

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    June 3, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    HI Robyn,
    Boy does this salmon and tomatoes look tasty. Lots of great nutrition there too. Salmon is one of my favorite fish and I don’t eat it a lot but I do like it. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!
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      June 4, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      Thanks, Marla. It was so fun making this dish. Quick and easy and I loved the colours! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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