This easy and healthy grilled salmon bowl takes just 30 minutes to make. It is a light and tasty dinner idea that you just can’t go wrong with.
Today I will show you how to make a healthy grilled salmon bowl with vegetables and quinoa. This recipe is a great lunch or dinner idea, especially if you like tasty light meals.
Moreover, I will explain to you how to grill the salmon and what goes well with it, just in case you want to serve it with something other than veggies.
It’s worth noting that this healthy grilled salmon recipe integrates with many diets, like Clean Eating for instance. That’s a big plus because we all know how hard it is to find tasty diet food.
And even if you are not keeping a certain diet, I’m sure you’ll want to include it due to salmon’s many benefits. After all, nutritionists and doctors are relentlessly advising us to eat it more often.
So without further ado, let’s dive into the yummy Tips & Tricks and see how to make the best grilled salmon recipe.
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How to make grilled salmon with vegetables and quinoa – Best Tips & Tricks
1. How to grill the salmon and for how long.
There are many ways to cook salmon. You can bake, fry, broil, poach or grill it.
Heck, you can even serve it raw if you want to.
But one of the most common ways of cooking salmon is to grill it. The reason is that it’s very easy and you can grill all types of cuts, whether it’s steak, fillet or sides.
And here’s how to grill salmon on a cast iron grill pan:
- Heat the grill pan very hot.
- Then season the salmon with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
- Place it on the grill and cook for 5-6 minutes.
- Then flip it and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes.
- Check the inside with an instant-read thermometer to see when it’s done. Keep in mind that this is a matter of personal preference. You can make it medium-well or well done.
If time allows, you can remove the pin bones from the fillet before grilling it. You don’t have to but it will make it easier to eat.
Check to see when it’s done by inserting an instant-read thermometer which should read 165F / 62.8C.
Another way of checking for doneness is to flake it with a fork and if it flakes easily it means it’s done.
Bear in mind that you can apply this method of grilling not just to salmon, but to almost all kinds of fish.
Moreover, you can replace the grilled salmon in this recipe with your favorite fish, but I’ll tell you more about that at the following point.
2. Adjust this easy grilled salmon recipe to your taste.
This healthy grilled salmon bowl can be made with literally any fish, not just salmon. You can make it with sea bass, halibut, cod, sole, haddock, or tilapia.
The grilling method is the same as above and the grilling time depends on how thick the cut is.
Now let’s move on to the veggies.
I made this healthy grilled salmon bowl with vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, olives, and corn. This is a classic combo that you just can’t go wrong with.
But you can experiment with your favorite veggie mix and here are a few that go well with grilled salmon:
- bell pepper
- shredded carrots
I didn’t use any special dressing in this healthy grilled salmon bowl, except for the classic fresh lime juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
And honestly, it didn’t need anything fancy as I wanted to keep it simple and besides, it was already tasty and flavorful.
But if you want something special or to impress with your cooking skills, you gotta try it with the dressing I made for this salad. It’s fresh, citrusy and goes perfectly with grilled salmon.
Aside from veggies, I also added quinoa to this easy grilled salmon recipe. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that quinoa is my favorite grain.
It’s high in protein and incredibly easy to cook. This makes it the perfect addition to any salad.
But you can replace that too because there are many types of grains that go well with grilled salmon.
Here are a few which I’ve used in the past and yielded great results:
- brown rice
And here’s a guide with the most common grains if you want to read more about them and decide which ones are best for you.
Now let’s see what else we can serve with grilled salmon if you want to go further then veggies.
3. What to serve with grilled salmon
I flaked this grilled salmon and scattered it within the veggies, hence, it looks kind of like a salad in a bowl.
That was just a personal preference, you can serve the whole cut next to the veggies if you want to. It’s all up to you.
But what if you want to serve it with something other than veggies? After all, we can’t eat grilled salmon with vegetables every single day, right?
Well, here are a few delicious side dishes that go well with grilled salmon:
Try them and let me know which one is your favorite.
It’s now time to put what we’ve learned into practice! Heed these tips and tricks and you’ll surely make the best grilled salmon recipe.
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Healthy Grilled Salmon Bowl With Vegetables and Quinoa
- 1 cup (170g) quinoa
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 20 oz (560g) salmon fillet
- 1/2 English cucumbers - diced
- 1 1/2 cup (225g) cherry tomatoes - halved
- 1 cup (155g) canned corn - drained
- 1/2 cup (90g) pitted olives - sliced
- 1 small red onion - diced
- a small bunch of parsley - picked and chopped
- 1 lime - zested
- 1/4 cup (60ml) lime juice
- 1/4 tsp ground red pepper - or to taste
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper - to taste
- lime wedges - to garnish
- In a small saucepan, pour 2 cups of water and bring it to the boil.
- Once boiling, add in 1 cup quinoa and about 1 tsp sea salt.
- Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the quinoa is light and fluffy and the water has been absorbed. Let it chill until you prep all veggies and cook the salmon.
- Meanwhile, add the salmon to a shallow dish and sprinkle with paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil then rub it until evenly coated.
- Preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat and add the salmon in.
- Cook for about 5-7 minutes per side, or until the salmon starts to flake.
- Alternatively, broil on high with the rack placed on the lower third of the oven for 8 to 10 minutes.
- To assemble the bowls, add about 1/2 cup cooked quinoa into each bowl and top it with cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, onions, corn, olives and salmon chunks.
- Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley, lemon zest and drizzle with olive oil and lime juice. Season to your taste.
- If you grill salmon indoors, grill it on a cast iron grill pan (See how at Tip no. 1). If you do it outdoors, a charcoal grill will enhance its flavor.
- You can grill all types of cuts whether it's steak, fillet or sides. If time allows, remove the pin bones before grilling.
- See when it's done by inserting an instant-read thermometer which should read 165F / 62.8C.
- You can replace the salmon in this recipe with any fish like sea bass, halibut, cod, sole, haddock, or tilapia. And you can replace the veggies with bell pepper, zucchini
shredded carrots, cabbage, radish, avocado, spinach.
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