Mediterranean Salmon

In my last post I was talking about the great salmon deal I scored at my local market and ended up buying 5 lbs of it!  Even though salmon freezes well, I don’t want to freeze too much of it because I find that I can forget about what’s in there if I’m not paying attention so it was time to come up with another salmon dish in a hurry.

Mediterranean Salmon | Simply Fresh Dinners

In keeping with the theme of budget month, I was looking in my fridge deciding on dinner the other night and decided I had all the ingredients for a Greek salad and planned on making it as a side dish to a lemon baked salmon.  Then it occurred to me that all these flavours would blend beautifully with fish and why not toss them all together – and that is just what I did.

In doing some reading, I found that I was certainly not the first person to come up with this idea but I love that there are so many fun variations on this.  I kept mine fairly simple but you could add olives, red peppers, beans – whatever you think will enhance the flavours.

Mediterranean Salmon | Simply Fresh Dinners

If you are a little nervous about cooking fish, this is the perfect starter dish for you.  It simply involves chopping up your veggies, adding some fresh lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper and wrapping them up in foil with the salmon.  Easy, right?

You can buy frozen salmon if you can’t find fresh on sale.  I would not recommend buying farmed except on the rare occasion.  Farmed salmon has more than 3 times the saturated fat than wild.  There is a lot of debate on the top of farmed vs fresh but this chart from prevention.com sums it up pretty well.

Mediterranean Salmon | Simply Fresh Dinners

When you bake this with lemon juice and the veggies in foil, it results in a creamy salmon with complementary flavours.  I sprinkled a little feta cheese and topped with fresh basil and that finished the dish off beautifully.  A side salad or rice go well with it.

PS – The salmon was $5.99 per pound and if you serve 4 oz fillets to a family of four, that is a very reasonably priced seafood dinner!

Mediterranean Salmon
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 4- 4 oz boneless salmon fillets
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (or use jarred)
  • 1.5 cups grape tomatoes
  • 1,5 cups diced zucchini
  • 4 spring (green) onions, diced,
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt and pepper
  • 4 tablespoons of feta cheese
  • handful of fresh basil, chopped
  • OPTIONS
  • olives, white navy beans, chickpeas, red bell pepper
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  • tin foil sprayed with olive oil - 4 sheets
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. Combine tomatoes, zucchini, onions, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix well.
  3. Place salmon on separate foil pieces and spoon mixture over top. Fold each foil piece into a slight tented but tightly sealed packet.
  4. Place foil on oven racks and bake for 20 minutes. (may require longer if salmon is particularly thick) Let sit for 5 minutes.
  5. Open packets (careful, they are hot!) and garnish with feta cheese and basil and serve immediately.

38 Comments

  • Reply
    Stephanie
    January 29, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Hi Robyn! Another award-winning recipe! I think I have said this before, but your recipes make me want to try so many new things 🙂 I love salmon, but never buy it to make for meals. Why? Not sure 🙂 This is one recipe I would love to try and serve to guests – it looks amazing! Can I hire you on as my chef? 🙂 You have such great recipes, my friend.

    Have a blessed day! Hugs to you

    • Reply
      Robyn
      January 31, 2014 at 9:07 am

      LOL, Thanks, Stephanie but honestly, this dish does not require any special skills. Just chop and toss in the oven! Are you one of those people that are nervous about cooking fish at home? Just try it once and you’ll be sold – I promise! Besides, you’re a great cook. I do think though, that you and Mindy and I are bound for a lunch date! How fun would that be!

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    Nina
    January 29, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Uma vez por semana, pelo menos, cozinho salmão grelhado, tendo presente que é muito rico em Omega 3.
    A tua receita é deliciosa e muito bonita!
    Beijinhos, querida

    • Reply
      Robyn
      January 31, 2014 at 9:08 am

      I bet you have some great salmon recipes, Nina. Care to share? 🙂
      Have a wonderful weekend and I hope the rain stops!

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    Mindy
    January 29, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Yummy! Another great recipe. I think Stephanie and I should come for lunch – unless she hires you as her chef and in that case I can go to her house for lunch. : )

    • Reply
      Robyn
      January 31, 2014 at 9:10 am

      LOL, I just want to get together with you two and eat seafood! Hope you’re having a great week, Mindy. Hugs!

  • Reply
    Balvinder
    January 30, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Love this salmon preparation. Full of color and flavor. And of course healthy!

    • Reply
      Robyn
      January 31, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Thanks, Balvinder! Always looking for new ways to cook salmon. Do you cook a lot of seafood too?

  • Reply
    Sherri @ MadeFromPinterest
    February 1, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    I love the flavors of the Mediterranean! This looks healthy and delicious. I love this kind of one dish cooking. And if it is all wrapped up in foil, then clean up should be a breeze! Thanks for linking with us.

    • Reply
      Robyn
      February 3, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Me too, Sherri. The less work the better, I say! Pleasure to link up with your parties. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply
    Marla
    February 2, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Great recipe. I used to eat a lot of salmon but don’t any more. This recipes sounds delicious and has such healthy ingredients. Visiting from Real Food Friday & co-host.

    • Reply
      Robyn
      February 3, 2014 at 9:15 am

      Thanks, Marla. I’m happy as long as it’s clean eating. Thanks for your visit and kind words.

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    Diane (@SimpleLivingEat)
    February 2, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    I love this light and healthy salmon meal, Nothing in the mix that will hide the wonderful taste of the fresh fish. My kinda of meal… so glad you brought it to foodie friday.

    • Reply
      Robyn
      February 3, 2014 at 9:16 am

      Thanks so much, Diane, glad you like it. I`m really enjoying your blog – lots of inspiration there!

  • Reply
    Miz Helen
    February 2, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Your Mediterranean Salmon looks wonderful, I will look forwarding to making this recipe! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

    • Reply
      Robyn
      February 7, 2014 at 3:46 am

      I’d love to know what you think if you find the time to make it, Miz Helen. Thank you for the compliments!

  • Reply
    Carrie This Home
    February 6, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    This looks so delicious I’m practically drooling! I’ve been eating so much junk lately that seeing a healthy meal is really refreshing! I’ll be featuring this at the next Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop on Sunday night!

  • Reply
    Robyn
    February 7, 2014 at 3:47 am

    LOL, Thanks, Carrie, and thanks in advance for the feature. I love salmon because it always feels like you’re eating ‘clean’. See you on Sunday!

  • Reply
    dadriscoll
    February 7, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    This looks lovely, Robyn. I really love salmon. x

    • Reply
      Robyn
      February 8, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      Thanks, Danielle. I love it too!

  • Reply
    Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling
    February 8, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Salmon is one of my favorites but I rarely make it at home. This looks absolutely delicious, Robyn! Thanks so much for sharing at Saturday Night Fever!!

    • Reply
      Robyn
      February 9, 2014 at 9:59 am

      Thanks, Cathy! It’s funny how most people only eat salmon when they are out. I think there is this universal fear of cooking fish, lol. I know I was hesitant years ago as well but what’s the worst that can happen? You order pizza because you ruined it? lol. Always a pleasure to link up 🙂

  • Reply
    Michelle @ Healthy Recipe Ecstasy
    October 1, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Love this recipe Robyn! I am very picky about my salmon. I either love a salmon recipe or a I hate it. This recipe has the perfect flavors that I know would make me love the salmon. I especially love the addition of feta! It makes everything betta (couldn’t resist)!

    • Reply
      Robyn
      October 1, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      I’m picky too, Michelle. That’s why I almost never order when I’m out unless it’s a very good seafood restaurant. You can kill a salmon dish with the wrong flavourings. So glad you liked this one. Thanks for the visit…and the chuckle!
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    Margaret Anne @ Natural Chow
    January 8, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Ahhh! This salmon looks soooo delicious! Salmon is my second favorite type of seafood, next to shrimp, but I’ve never thought to try Mediterranean flavors! I just bought some salmon yesterday and I can’t wait to make this! 🙂
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    Rita Kershner
    February 3, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Wonderful recipe. Will make it again and again .Thank you

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      Robyn
      February 3, 2015 at 10:05 pm

      Thanks so much, Rita. I’m glad to hear you like it. It’s very quick and easy and best of all, the clean-up is a snap!
      Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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