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Za’atar Salmon Poke Bowl
with avocado / cucumbers / baby spinach / rice

Active: 45 Total: 45

This poke bowl, last featured in 2020, is inspired by the Hawaiian classic, but we gave it a Mediterranean flavor profile. With spiced salmon, tart oranges, rich avocados, and a creamy aioli on top, it's full of bright flavors and textures. 
Smarts #1: You can serve salmon in these poke bowls raw or lightly seared. Be sure to use sushi-grade salmon if serving it raw (they can point you in the right direction at the grocery store's fish counter).
Smarts #2: There are lots of toppings in these bowls. Feel free to skip one or substitute with something else you have on hand. 

Ingredients

Metric
Servings:
4
Za’atar Salmon Poke Bowl:
  • Salmon - 1 lb, cubed (look for skinless filets or have the fishmonger remove the skin)
  • Oil, cooking - 1 tsp + 1 Tbsp
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 tsp
  • Za'atar - 1 Tbsp
  • Baby spinach - 3 oz, chopped
  • Green onions - 2 stalks, chopped, white and green parts combined
  • Avocados - 1, cubed
  • Oranges - 1, segments
  • Pine nuts - 2 tsp (sub any type of chopped nuts)
Cucumber Salad:
  • Cucumbers - 10 oz, chopped
  • Oil, olive - 1 tsp
  • Vinegar, red wine - 1 tsp
Lemon Paprika Aioli:
  • Mayonnaise - 1/4 cup
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp
  • Hot sauce - 2 tsp
  • Paprika, smoked - 1/4 tsp
Rice:
  • Rice, uncooked white or brown - 1 cup

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Prep

  1. Rice (Double if making Tuesday's meal) - For white rice, rinse until clear. Fill a saucepan or Dutch oven (or rice cooker) with rice, water (use 2:1 ratio for water to rice), and some salt. Cover with lid and bring to a boil. Once water boils, stir, lower heat to a low-medium, and cover. Check white rice after ~20 min; brown at ~45 min. Rice is done when it's absorbed all the water. If it's not done, leave the cover on until all water has been absorbed. Take cover off to release steam and fluff with a wooden spoon after 5 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Make aioli - Whisk together mayonnaise, lemon juice, hot sauce, and paprika. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  3. Make cucumber salad - Chop cucumbers. Combine cucumbers with olive oil and vinegar. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

  4. Salmon - Cube salmon. Toss with first portion of cooking oil, soy sauce, za’atar, and some salt and pepper.

  5. Spinach / Green onions / Avocados / Oranges - Prep as directed.

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Make

  1. Heat a nonstick pan or well-seasoned skillet over medium heat. Add pine nuts and toast, stirring frequently, until lightly toasted, 3 to 4 minutes. Set aside.

  2. (Optional - skip if serving the salmon raw.) To heated pan add second portion of cooking oil and then cubed salmon. Cook salmon on one side until golden brown. Use a spatula to gently flip salmon and cook on the other side. Continue cooking until salmon is golden brown and cooked through, 4 to 7 minutes total.

  3. Stir green onions into salmon.

  4. If rice was made ahead, reheat in the microwave (reserve half if doubled).

  5. Give cucumber salad a stir and season it with some salt and pepper.

  6. Set out all of the toppings so that everyone can assemble their own bowls, or assemble bowls with a bed of chopped spinach and rice topped with avocados, oranges, cucumber salad, salmon, pine nuts, and aioli. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (35)
Gluten-free (1)
Paleo (3)
Vegetarian (4)

Most Helpful

Used canned mandarin oranges and Trader Joe’s frozen rice. Alphabetized the spice cabinet tonight!

By: Alice
Posted: May 06, 2022
Diet: Original
2 Helpful

18 reviews

Absolutely delicious! 100% going to make this again!

By: Elizabeth
Posted: May 18, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This is a winner. Kids ate it all. I am not am avocado fan so left it off and was still great.

By: Ila
Posted: May 18, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Amazing. Should try with mandarin oranges next time to save prep time!

By: Lynn
Posted: May 16, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

So yummy!!! I made japanese sushi rice with this

By: Julie
Posted: May 14, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Hard to rate because I made so many substitutions based on what I had on hand and preferences. Cooked the salmon in filets, used teriyaki seasoning, canned pineapple instead of oranges, no nuts, cooked the spinach, oat "rice" instead of rice. I'm sure it would have also been delicious as written though

By: Rachel
Posted: May 13, 2022
Diet: Original
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We were tired of rice, so I used pasta and it was still pretty good that way!

By: Bethany
Posted: May 13, 2022
Diet: Original
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