This high-protein meal tastes like Summertime on a plate!
If you enjoy salmon as much as we do, you definitely need to try our citrus salmon tray bake. This nutrient-rich recipe combines ingredients that complement each other in flavor and texture. Plus, this 30-minute meal is easy to make, so it’s perfect for any night of the week. The next time salmon is on your mind, give this dish a shot! After one try, we think this is a recipe you’ll keep coming back to!
Simple Ingredients Create an Abundance of Flavors
The fact that you can create such a delicious meal using relatively basic ingredients seems to surprise a lot of people. The secret? Using as many fresh ingredients as you can! Fresh food just tastes better. It’s really that simple.
In our opinion, citrus complements the meaty texture and rich taste of salmon more than any other ingredient. This is why you’ll find so many recipes that combine lemon and salmon! This citrus salmon bake adds in lime for a little extra pop of flavor. By combining the lemon and lime with olive oil, garlic, basil, cilantro, and honey, you end up with a light, sweet, and earthy sauce that elevates the flavor of the dish!
Speaking of fresh ingredients, there are plenty of them in this recipe. In addition to the salmon, we use fresh red onion, tomatoes, summer squash, and zucchini. These ingredients pack a ton of flavor, nutrients, and add quite a bit of satisfying textures to the meal.
So Many Reasons to Eat More Salmon!
Aside from the obvious—its wonderful taste and texture—there are quite a few health benefits associated with eating salmon. This meaty fish is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids. These essential healthy fats cannot be made by the body, so they must be consumed through your diet. Omega-3 fatty acids are vital for a healthy heart and arteries, and they can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
Combined with the abundance of healthy fats, the high levels of protein found in salmon are excellent for weight loss and muscle growth. Together, these two things work to control appetite by keeping you fuller for longer, thus aiding in weight loss.
Additionally, salmon is a great source of different vitamins and minerals. It offers vitamin A, vitamin B12, and vitamin D which are crucial for healthy organs, blood, and bones, as well as a high-functioning immune system. Minerals like potassium, selenium, and choline can also be sound in salmon. These minerals are important for a healthy heart, as well as proper nerve and muscle function. Selenium is needed for thyroid health and metabolism while choline works to boost memory and mood.
Only 30 Minutes Until Dinner Time
While the oven is preheating, pull out your food processor. If you don’t have one, a blender can be used in its place. Add the juice of one lime and lemon to the food processor followed by the zest of both fruits. Next, add the garlic, olive oil, cilantro, basil, and honey. If you’re not a fan of cilantro, the herb can be omitted. Blend this mixture until it’s smooth and evenly combined.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Place the salmon fillets on the tray and pour the blended mixture over the fish.
Next, quarter the tomatoes and red onion and slice the summer squash and zucchini. Add the veggies to the baking sheet so they’re surrounding the salmon and drizzle the vegetables with olive oil. Place the tray in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked to your liking.
In the meantime, cook the millet according to instructions on the package. It should be finished in about 20 minutes, as well. You can also feel free to skip the millet if you’re looking for a lower-carb meal option. Once everything is ready, plate the salmon, veggies, and millet, and serve!
This vibrant and hearty citrus salmon tray bake will leave you feeling full and satisfied. And, if you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, this meal will make a wonderful lunch the following day!
Citrus Salmon Tray Bake
- 1 lime juiced and zested
- 1 lemon juiced and zested
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 cup basil fresh, stems removed
- 3 tablespoons cilantro fresh, stems removed
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 pounds salmon fillet about 4 medium fillets
- 2 red onions quartered
- 2 tomatoes quartered
- 1 summer squash sliced
- 1 zucchini sliced
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 package Millet enough to serve 4
- Preheat the oven to 400 °F
- Combine lime zest and juice, lemon zest and juice, garlic, olive oil, basil, cilantro, and honey in a food processor and blend until well combined
- Pour over salmon and place on a lined baking sheet
- Add tomatoes, red onion, summer squash, and zucchini to the baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil
- Bake for 18-20 minutes or until salmon is cooked through
- Meanwhile, cook millet according to package instructions
- Serve millet with finished salmon and veggies
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