I love, love wild-salmon. Not only is it such an easy dish to prepare but it also has tons of health benefits including:
- Omega 3 fatty acids
- High Quality Protein
- Essential Amino Acids
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B
- Vitamin E
In the past, Mike and I usually ate salmon a couple of times a month but since I’ve been pregnant we’ve really made an effort to have it at least once a week. Salmon is loaded with DHA which is a fabulous fat for boosting the babies brain power. Heck yeah!
And I know it may be tempting to buy the farm-raised salmon since it’s so much cheaper (like $10 per lb cheaper!) but as I’ve mentioned in other posts, it’s really not worth it. On the days we’re having salmon, I usually look online to see if any local grocery stores (Shaws, Stop & Shop, Whole Foods…) have salmon on-sale. If they don’t, then I just remind myself of all the health benefits we’re gaining by eating the fresh, wild fish instead of the gross farm-raised fish.
Alright, and now on to the simple, quick, delicious, and so flavorful recipe…
Wild-Salmon with Avocado Mango Salsa
(2 large serving sizes)
Ingredients for the salsa:
- 1 medium diced avocado
- 1 ripe diced mango
- 1/4 cup diced orange bell pepper (or any bell pepper)
- 2 tablespoons diced fresh cilantro
- 2 tablespoons finely diced onion (optional)
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- Juice from 1 lime
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Sea salt
Ingredients for the salmon:
- 1 lb wild-caught salmon
- 1-2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Freshly ground pepper
- Sea salt
1) Combine the ingredients for the salsa (avocado, mango, orange bell pepper, onions, fresh cilantro, olive oil, lime juice, salt + pepper) in a medium bowl. Lightly stir and crush with a fork to mix up the juices then set aside.
2) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil (for easier clean-up) and place the salmon on the foil. Drizzle the olive oil on the salmon and add salt and pepper to taste. Bake for 15-18 minutes.
3) Serve the salmon with the salsa spread on top and enjoy!
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By the way, want to know how to buy a ripe mango?
I was at the grocery store yesterday staring at the mix of red and green mangoes and realized I had no idea how to figure out which ones were ripe… Somehow I’m 31 years old and I’ve never bought a mango before? So I pulled out my cell phone, googled ‘ripe mango’ and here’s what I learned:
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Do you enjoy salmon?
How do you usually prepare it?