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Grilled Salmon with Orange Vinaigrette
and quinoa / watermelon and feta arugula salad

Active: 30 minTotal: 1 hr

This fresh, citrusy meal was first featured in 2017. In the former version we served the salmon and salad with bulgur, but this time we're using quinoa.



Orange Vinaigrette:
  • Shallots - 1 clove, diced
  • Orange juice - 1/4 cup (fresh squeezed or store-bought)
  • Vinegar, red wine - 2 Tbsp
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Honey - 2 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 1/4 cup
Grilled Salmon with Quinoa and Orange Vinaigrette:
  • Quinoa, uncooked - 3/4 cup
  • Stock, any type - 1 1/2 cups
  • Salmon - 1 lb
  • Orange Vinaigrette (ingredients listed separately) - ~1/3 cup
Watermelon and Feta Arugula Salad:
  • Watermelon, seedless - 10 oz, cubed
  • Mint, fresh - 1 Tbsp, finely chopped
  • Orange Vinaigrette (ingredients listed separately) - ~1/3 cup
  • Arugula - 5 oz
  • Cheese, feta (opt) - 3 oz, crumbled

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Quinoa - (Double if making Thursday night’s meal.) 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)
  2. Make orange vinaigrette - Dice shallots. Combine with orange juice, vinegar, soy sauce, mustard, and honey. Whisk in olive oil. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Marinate salmon - (If prepping right before cooking get grill / oven heating when salmon is nearly finished marinating.) Rinse salmon and pat dry. Place in a baking dish and pour vinaigrette (just the portion for the salmon) over top, turning salmon to coat. Cover baking dish and marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  4. Watermelon / Mint - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done 1 day ahead)


  1. If cooking on a grill: Heat grill to 500F / 260C degrees. Brush grates with some oil. Discard marinade and season salmon with some salt and pepper. Place salmon, skinless-side down, on hot grates. Flip salmon after 4 to 5 minutes (if you oiled the grates and they were very hot, the salmon should release without sticking). Continue cooking for another 3 to 5 minutes with the lid closed until salmon flakes easily with a fork.
  2. If cooking in the oven: Heat oven to 425F / 218C degrees. Season the top of the salmon with some salt and pepper. Roast salmon directly in the pan with marinade until it flakes easily with a fork, 12 to 18 minutes depending on thickness (1” / 2 1/2 cm should take about 14 minutes).
  3. Toss remaining orange vinaigrette (portion for the salad) with arugula, watermelon, mint, and crumbled feta.
  4. If you made the quinoa ahead and would like it warm, reheat in the microwave (reserve half if doubled).
  5. Serve salmon over quinoa with salad on the side. Enjoy!

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This meal has 31 reviews

Very tasty. Needed to use up a tomato so added it to the Watermelon salad. Glad I sprayed my baking disk with olive oil spray.

By: Deborah
Posted: Jul 09, 2019
Diet: Paleo

We made this with rainbow trout, as we tend to like a more mild fish flavor. It was absurdly delicious!

By: Jeanine
Posted: Jul 09, 2019
Diet: Original

Great! The veggie version was a lot more flavorful than I thought it would be. I skipped the oven and just sauteed the tofu until the sugar in the OJ caramelized a bit.

By: Nicole
Posted: Jul 09, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian

It was ok. I think the original would likely be better.

By: Karen
Posted: Jul 09, 2019
Diet: Paleo

Wasn’t really anything special - I was expecting a lot more flavor from the orange marinade but for some reason there was no flavor at all. Maybe fresh orange or using the grill would have made a difference?

By: Summer
Posted: Jul 09, 2019
Diet: Original

I love salmon! What a treat! We don’t eat it very often because of the expense, but this was a really delicious meal that made it worth it. Might avoid quinoa for a little while because of the mess with a three year old. The mint in that salad was wonderful.

By: Erin
Posted: Jul 09, 2019
Diet: Original