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Baked Salmon in a bowl with lentils, green beans, and sauerkraut.

Perfect Baked Salmon with Lentils and Lemon Herb Sauce


  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x

Description

Perfect Baked Salmon with Lentils, Quinoa, and Lemon Herb Sauce – super healthy, high protein, bakes all in one big easy dish. This stuff is SO DELICIOUS!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup black lentils
  • 1 cup red quinoa
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 12 ounces salmon
  • 23 cups green beans or other vegetables
  • purple sauerkraut if you’re into the weird food zone like I am

Lemon Herb Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • generous pinch of salt (to taste)
  • quick squeeze of honey or agave (to taste)
  • chopped parsley (optional)

Instructions

  1. LENTILS AND QUINOA: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Rinse the lentils and the quinoa. Place in a large oven safe skillet or casserole with the broth. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until almost fully cooked. Remove and fluff with a fork.
  2. SAUCE: Make the lemon dressing by blending all ingredients in a food processor or just shaking up in a jar. Set about half of the dressing aside.
  3. SALMON: When the lentils and quinoa are done, place the salmon and any other vegetables you want on top of the lentils (skin side down) and drizzle or brush with half of the lemon dressing. Bake for another 10 minutes. Broil for the last 2 minutes. Depending on how thick the salmon is, if it still needs time, just turn off the oven and let it sit in there for a few minutes to finish.
  4. SERVE: When the salmon is fully cooked, serve with reserved sauce and purple sauerkraut if you like that kind of crazy.

Notes

Some vegetables will cook just fine in 10 minutes in a hot oven, but others won’t. If you’re using something that’s going to require more time like sweet potatoes, I would suggest par-boiling them before sending them to the oven. Veggies that work great – green beans, asparagus, kale, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, mushrooms, peas… etc.

I’m okay with less, but you may want more salmon per serving – for a full 3 ounces per serving, go for a total of 15-20 ounces vs. 12 ounces as written.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: baked salmon recipe, lentils, lemon herb sauce