Zesty Grilled Salmon with Quinoa Salad

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Zesty Grilled Salmon with Quinoa Salad
Zesty Grilled Salmon with Quinoa Salad

Introduction:
In this recipe, we will guide you through the steps to create a mouthwatering dish of zesty grilled salmon with a refreshing quinoa salad. This combination offers a delightful contrast of flavors and textures, making it a perfect choice for a healthy and satisfying meal. Grilling the salmon adds a smoky and charred taste, while the quinoa salad brings a light and refreshing element to the dish. Let’s get started on this delicious and nutritious recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, lemon zest, dried dill, salt, and pepper. Place the salmon fillets in a shallow dish and pour the marinade over them. Make sure the fillets are evenly coated. Allow them to marinate for at least 15 minutes.

  3. While the salmon is marinating, rinse the quinoa under cold water to remove any bitterness. In a medium saucepan, bring the vegetable or chicken broth to a boil. Add the rinsed quinoa, reduce the heat to low, cover, and let it simmer for about 15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is tender. Remove from heat and let it cool for a few minutes.

  4. In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, parsley, and mint. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper. Pour the dressing over the quinoa salad and toss gently to combine. Adjust the seasoning according to your taste.

  5. Place the marinated salmon fillets on the preheated grill. Cook for about 4-5 minutes per side or until the salmon is cooked through and easily flakes with a fork.

  6. Once the salmon is ready, remove it from the grill and serve it hot alongside the refreshing quinoa salad.

  7. Enjoy your zesty grilled salmon with quinoa salad as a wholesome and delicious meal!