Salmon with pomegranate and avocado salsa

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Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 pieces salmon (check out seafoodwatch.org before shopping)
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 pomegranate, seeded (cut it in half, turn the halves inside out in a big bowl of water, extract the seeds with your fingers which sink and most of the white pith floats to the top. Scoop out the white stuff and drain the seeds. This is actually kind of fun. I think kids would like to do this.)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 to 2 tsp finely minced jalapeño
  • 2 avocadoes, cut into 1/2 inch chunks (slice them all the way around lengthwise then twist to separate the halves. Rather than digging out the pit with a knife risking puncturing through to your hand, bring the knife blade, held as usual, down firmly unto the pit then give it a twist. The pit will literally jump out of the avocado.)
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
  • Lettuces of choice
  • Lime, cut in eighths for garnish

Directions

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Mix the coriander, sugar, and salt. Rub the mixture on the tops of the salmon fillets. Mix the pomegranate seeds, green onions, lime juice, garlic, and jalapeño in a bowl. Taste for "heat" and salt. Gently fold in the avocadoes and cilantro. If you aren't going to use it within thirty minutes, put plastic wrap against the surface then tightly cover. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Place the salmon fillets skin side down. Roast them for 13 - 15 minutes. The thickness of the fillets will determine the cooking time. Meanwhile, thinly slice lettuce leaves and arrange artfully on each plate. Top with salsa, then salmon and garnish with more salsa, a lettuce leaf, and lime wedges.

Nutrition Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 332
  • Fat: 20 g
  • Cholesterol: 38 mg
  • Sodium: 354 mg
  • Potassium: 1012 mg
  • Fiber: 7.6 mg
  • Sugar: 9.6 g
  • Protein: 21 g
  • Sodium: 354 mg

Contributor

Preston Maring, MD