Crispy Almond Salmon with Cranberry Quinoa

Here’s an easy Spring dish that you can enjoy as the days get longer and warmer! This salmon recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight, a weekend dinner party or a special occasion.
By Amie Valpone

Crispy Almond Salmon with Cranberry Quinoa

Here’s an easy Spring dish that you can enjoy as the days get longer and warmer! This salmon recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight, a weekend dinner party or a special occasion. You don’t need to be a cooking expert to whip up this dish- just make sure you have enough almonds on hand…I caught myself snacking on them while cooking because they’re so flavorful. Slivered almonds give this dish a nice crunch and they taste amazing when toasted to perfection from the warm oven heat!

I honestly don’t know what I like more about this salmon: the way it tastes or the way it looks. I’ve already made this recipe three times and I’m cooking it again this weekend for guests.

Have I mentioned how easy it is to make? Just a few ingredients and a little prep yields incredible results.

Go ahead, dig in!

Crispy Almond Salmon with Cranberry Quinoa
 
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Recipe Type: Entree
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 4 (6 ounces each) salmon fillets
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a shallow baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Cook quinoa according to package directions.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine almonds, parsley, orange juice, sea salt and pepper; mix well to combine.
  4. Place the salmon fillets, skin side down on the parchment paper. Drizzle orange juice onto each fillet, then spread the almond parsley mixture onto each fillet.
  5. Bake the salmon in the oven for 10 minutes or until salmon is cooked through. Remove from the oven, cover with foil and set aside for 5 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, transfer cooked quinoa to a large mixing bowl. Add dried cranberries, sea salt and pepper.
  7. Uncover the salmon and serve warm with the cranberry quinoa.

Amie Valpone

Amie Valpone is a Manhattan based Personal Chef, Culinary Marketing Consultant, Whole Living Expert, Professional Recipe Developer and Food Writer specializing in simple Gluten-Free ‘Clean’ recipes for the home cook. 

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3 Comments
  1. Sounds great! I will definitely try, although probably with halibut. Also, do you have chickpeas tossed in you quinoa?

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