Roast Salmon with Salsa for Two

December 2005/January 2006, EatingWell Serves Two

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Fire up the food processor, add a few simple ingredients, and you've got a vibrant-tasting salsa in minutes. Other fish and even chicken or turkey could stand in for the salmon—adjust the roasting time accordingly.

"Salsa was alright, but we must have had some bad salmon. The dish didn't come together too well. Might try it with tilapia though. "
Roast Salmon with Salsa for Two

Makes: 2 servings

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  • 1 medium plum tomato, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 small onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and quartered
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 or 3 dashes hot sauce
  • 8 ounces center-cut salmon fillet, skinned (see Tip) and cut into 2 portions


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Place tomato, onion, garlic, jalapeño, vinegar, chili powder, cumin, salt and hot sauce to taste in a food processor; process until finely chopped and uniform.
  3. Place salmon in a medium roasting pan; spoon the salsa on top. Roast until the salmon is just cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: The salsa (Step 2) will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 1 day.
  • Tip: To skin a salmon fillet: Place a fish fillet on a clean cutting board, skin side down. Starting at the tail end, slip the blade of a long, sharp knife between the fish flesh and the skin, holding the skin down firmly with your other hand. Gently push the blade along at a 30° angle, separating the fillet from the skin without cutting through either.


Per serving: 256 calories; 15 g fat (4 g sat, 4 g mono); 62 mg cholesterol; 4 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 24 g protein; 1 g fiber; 362 mg sodium; 545 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Selenium (60% daily value), Vitamin C (20% dv), Potassium (16% dv), Vitamin A (15% dv).

Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 3 1/2 lean meat

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