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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.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
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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Prep

  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)

Make

  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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Reviews

This meal has 31 reviews

Delicious! We replaced the watermelon with mango in the salad, and it was great.

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

Its ok, I made extra sauce which was well worth it.

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

So simple and good! Salmon on grill - would use less oil in dressing next time

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

Salmon was ok, but destroyed the pan I made it in. Quinoa was bland and tasteless. Maybe it would have been ok on the grill, but it was a disaster in the oven.

By: Emily
Posted: Jul 08, 2019
Diet: Original

Yummy and easy.

By: Liz
Posted: Jul 08, 2019
Diet: Paleo

Very tasty and even made good cold leftovers as a "bowl" so I didn't have to heat fish in the office microwave! Definitely make more marinade/dressing - loved that it served triple duty as marinade, oven sauce, and vineagrette.

By: Crescent
Posted: Jul 08, 2019
Diet: Original