Baked-salmon-with-quinoa-and-sauteed-spinach

Indulge in a delectable and nutritious culinary journey with our Baked Salmon with Quinoa and Sautéed Spinach recipe. This delightful dish combines the exquisite flavors of tender baked salmon, perfectly cooked quinoa, and vibrant sautéed spinach, all coming together to create a harmonious symphony of tastes and textures. Whether you’re looking for a satisfying weeknight dinner or a special meal to share with a loved one, this recipe strikes the perfect balance between simplicity and gourmet elegance. Join us on this flavorful adventure, where health-conscious choices meet exceptional taste.

Ingredients (for ~2 persons)

For the Baked Salmon:

  • 2 salmon fillets (about 150g each)
  • 150g quinoa
  • 300ml water
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

For the Sautéed Spinach:

  • 200g fresh spinach
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 30ml olive oil (2 tablespoons)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Quinoa:
    • Rinse the quinoa thoroughly under cold water.
    • In a saucepan, combine the rinsed quinoa and water.
    • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until the quinoa is tender and the water is absorbed.
    • Fluff the cooked quinoa with a fork and squeeze the juice of half a lemon over it. Stir to incorporate the lemon juice.
  2. Bake the Salmon:
    • Preheat your oven to 180°C (356°F).
    • Season the salmon fillets with dried dill, salt, and black pepper.
    • Place the seasoned salmon fillets on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
    • Slice the remaining half of the lemon into thin rounds and place a couple of lemon rounds on each salmon fillet.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.
  3. Sauté the Spinach:
    • While the salmon is baking, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
    • Add minced garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
    • Add fresh spinach to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until it wilts.
    • Season with a pinch of salt and black pepper. Remove from heat.
  4. Assemble the Meal:
    • Divide the lemon-infused quinoa evenly between two plates.
    • Place a baked salmon fillet on each plate.
    • Serve the sautéed spinach alongside the salmon and quinoa.
    • Garnish with extra lemon wedges if desired.

Enjoy your perfectly balanced and flavorful meal for two! It’s packed with protein, vitamins, and healthy fats, making it an ideal choice for a nutritious and satisfying dinner.

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