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Maple-Dijon Panko Crusted Salmon {Favorites}
with pear and blue cheese salad and orzo

Active: 25 minTotal: 30 min
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This salmon was a clear favorite for both its ease and flavor. We've switched up the salad this time around and also added some simple orzo to bulk up the meal.


Pear Salad:
  • Balsamic vinegar - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Dijon mustard - 1 tsp
  • Olive oil - 3 Tbsp
  • Pears - 1, sliced
  • Mixed greens - 1/4 lb
  • Blue cheese or gorgonzola (optional) - 2 oz
  • Nuts of choice for salad - 1/4 cup
Maple-Dijon Panko Crusted Salmon:
  • Salmon - 1 1/4 lbs
  • Parsley - 3 sprigs, chopped
  • Butter - 3 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 1/2 Tbsp
  • Maple syrup - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 tsp
  • Panko breadcrumbs - 1/2 cup
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
Orzo (for 2+ meals):
  • Orzo - 1/2 lb, uncooked

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Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Orzo - {Makes enough for two meals} Bring a saucepan of water to boil. Salt generously (that water should taste like the ocean!) and add orzo. Cook according to package instructions. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
  2. Salmon - Divide fish up into 4 servings. Rinse and dry fish. Lightly salt and pepper.
  3. Crust - Chop parsley. Melt butter in the microwave (~1 minute should do). Mix butter with Dijon, maple syrup, soy sauce, panko, and parsley.


  1. Preheat oven to 425F (218C) degrees.
  2. Line sheet pan with foil and brush with some cooking oil. Add salmon and then divide and spoon crust onto fish. Bake for 12 to 16 minutes.
  3. While fish is cooking, whisk together balsamic, mustard, and oil. Season to taste with salt & pepper. For more vinaigrette ideas, check out this video. Toss vinaigrette with greens, pears, blue cheese, and nuts whenever fish is ready. Enjoy with a scoop of orzo on the side (but remember to save some for tomorrow night's dinner).

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This meal has 37 reviews

Easier to cook the salmon in one piece if you can and divide after cooking.

By: Bethany
Posted: Nov 20, 2015
Diet: Gluten-free

Panko was a bit sweet- next time I'll use less maple syrup. Maybe try a few seconds under the broiler too?

By: Sara
Posted: May 31, 2015
Diet: Original

we loved the salad and the Salmon. We will definately make this again.

By: Billi Jo
Posted: May 04, 2015
Diet: Original

Outstanding salad.

By: Michelle
Posted: Apr 12, 2015
Diet: Original

Very Tasty. Added Walnuts to the salad and it was yummy.

By: Christy
Posted: Dec 22, 2014
Diet: Original

It was pretty good. I felt like the recipe made a bit too much crust, and next time I make it I'll be sure to spread the crust thinner. It overpowered the salmon a little bit. Definitely good, though, and received a seal of approval from the 3 year old, even.

By: Liz
Posted: Oct 09, 2014
Diet: Original