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Seared Salmon with Cherry Tomatoes
and quinoa / cucumbers

Active: 30 min Total: 40 min
Pan-seared salmon gets a summery touch when finished with fresh tomatoes and a flavorful garlic oil.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Seared Salmon with Blistered Tomatoes:
  • Quinoa, uncooked - 2/3 cup
  • Stock, any type - 1 1/3 cup
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Oil, olive - 2 Tbsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1 tsp
  • Tomatoes, cherry or grape - 1 cup, halved
  • Salmon - 1 lb
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
Cucumbers with Mint:
  • Cucumbers - 12 oz, chopped
  • Vinegar, apple cider - 1 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 1 tsp
  • Mint - 1 Tbsp, chiffonade

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Prep

  1. Quinoa - (Double if making Tuesday’s meal.) Combine quinoa with stock in a saucepan. Add some salt. Cover and bring to a boil. Lower heat, keep covered, and cook until liquid is absorbed, 8 to 10 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make garlic oil - Chop garlic. Combine garlic, olive oil, and dried oregano. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Tomatoes / Cucumbers - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  4. Cucumbers - Whisk together vinegar and mustard. Add cucumbers. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes and up to a day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  5. Salmon - Divide into the number of portions you are planning to serve. Rinse and pat dry. Lightly salt and pepper.
  6. Mint - Chiffonade mint.

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Make

  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then salmon to heated oil. Sear for 2 minutes.
  2. Flip salmon over and sear for an additional 2 minutes. In the pan, add tomatoes around the salmon. Drizzle garlic oil over salmon and tomatoes. Cover pan with a lid or foil.
  3. Reduce heat to low-medium. Continue cooking salmon, covered, until it flakes easily with a fork, 4 to 7 minutes (depending on thickness).
  4. While salmon cooks, toss cucumbers with mint. Season with some salt and pepper.
  5. If quinoa was made ahead, reheat in the microwave (reserve half if doubled).
  6. Serve salmon and tomatoes over quinoa. Enjoy with cucumbers on the side.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (51)
Gluten-free (2)
Paleo (8)
Vegetarian (3)

37 reviews

This was average. I was so expecting this to be super tasty, but salmon and tomatoes didn't absorb much of the garlic oil flavor -- maybe marinate them in it next time?

By: Namrita
Posted: Sep 16, 2021
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Awesome! Easy! A big hit!

By: Maureen
Posted: Sep 05, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I’ve never worked with puff pastry, so this was a learning experience for me. I did place the tomato slices on paper towels to help dry them out somewhat.

By: Catherine
Posted: Sep 04, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Delicious but not very filling. Needs to be lower in fat and calories because we ate more than one serving.

By: Kate
Posted: Sep 03, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I wouldn't call this a total Cooksmarts fail, but probably as close as I've come. The flavors were great, but even after being careful to drain all the juice off the tomatoes and baking quite a bit longer than the recipe called for, this ended up really soggy in the middle. The cucumber side was just ok, but neither the side nor the tart was very filling, so this ended up being pretty unsatisfying overall.

By: Melissa
Posted: Aug 05, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Couldn't handle how delicious this was.

By: elyssa
Posted: Sep 26, 2018
Diet: Vegetarian
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