Za’atar Salmon Quinoa Bowlwith chickpeas / tomatoes / red onions / broccolini
Every time we feature za'atar, we get requests for more recipes featuring this unique spice blend. It's a great addition to salmon in this easy, flavorful, one-bowl meal.
- Broccolini - 1 bunch, chopped
- Onions, medium and red - 1/2, chopped
- Olives, pitted Kalamata - 1/2 cup, sliced
- Tomatoes, cherry or grape - 1 cup, halved
- Salmon - 1 lb, cubed (preferably skinless fillets)
- Za'atar - 1 Tbsp
- Beans, garbanzo (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
- Cooked quinoa (ingredients listed separately) - 2 1/4 cups
- Quinoa, uncooked - 3/4 cup
- Stock, any type - 1 1/2 cups
- Cilantro - 1/2 Tbsp, chopped
- Garlic - 1 clove, chopped
- Honey - 1/2 tsp
- Lemon juice - 1 1/2 Tbsp
- Sour cream - 1/3 cup (sub plain or Greek yogurt)
- Quinoa - (If making Thursday’s meal, cook quinoa for that night at the same time.) Combine quinoa with stock in a saucepan. Add some salt. Bring to a boil covered. Lower heat, keep covered, and cook until liquid is absorbed, 8 to 10 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Broccolini / Onions / Olives - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Make sauce - Chop cilantro and garlic. Combine cilantro, garlic, honey, lemon juice, and sour cream. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Tomatoes - Slice tomatoes in half. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
- Salmon - If you bought skinless salmon fillets, slice into cubes and toss with za’atar. If the fillets are skin-on, just season the flesh with za’atar. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
- Beans - drain and rinse.
- Heat a skillet (if using whole salmon filets with skin, use a nonstick pan) with first part of oil over medium-high heat. Add broccolini and saute until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Season with some salt and pepper. Set aside and return pan to heat.
- Add second part of oil and then beans and onions. Saute until onions are tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Season with some salt and pepper. Set aside and return pan to heat.
- Reduce heat to medium and add third part of oil. Add salmon. If using cubes, saute; if using whole filets, cook on both sides. Cook until salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork, ~5 minutes total.
- If quinoa was made ahead, reheat in the microwave (reserve portion for Thursday if it was cooked at the same time).
- If you cooked whole salmon fillets, use a fork to shred the salmon (discard skin) before adding it to the bowls.
- Set out quinoa, broccolini, beans / onions, olives, tomatoes, salmon, and sauce and customize bowls at the table. Enjoy!
So super delicious!! We’ll be making this again for sure!0 Helpful
Very delicious meal. We couldn’t get Za’atar and I couldn’t get some of the spices to make my own. I used a homemade Cajun seasoning. It was delicious. I really liked that the beans gave it a different texture. We always say if the recipe is a keeper at night when we have dinner as a family. This is definitely a keeper.0 Helpful
Didn't have salmon so made with chicken. The flavors are wonderful!!0 Helpful
Love mediterranean food for both its health benefits as well as flavors. Wife said she would eat this every week! Great components that tie in well to whole meal. Important to individually season and taste each element otherwise I could see how it would be bland. Also make sure you have high quality Zatar seasoning, that can also impact overall flavor.0 Helpful
Used regular broccoli instead of broccolini, but this was still delicious! Love an easy and healthy meal.0 Helpful
We really enjoyed this! Subbed mint for cilantro as we have a cilantro-hater in the house. Really enjoyed the combination of flavors. We ended up toasting the chickpeas a bit and cooking the cherry tomatoes.0 Helpful