salmon with quinoa salad

My appreciation for quinoa came late. This was one trend I didn’t pay any attention to initially. Quinoa? Ancient grains? Sounds like barley to me. Who cares! That was a mistake. I finally got around to trying it. Hooked. That mildly nutty flavour is a canvas to play with. It’s healthy. It’s tasty. And you can do all kinds of stuff with it. Salmon with quinoa salad is just one way to use it. Not a bad one though, if I do say so myself.

The guacamole salsa is a riff on the taqueria salsas at taco joints. It’s much thinner than regular guacamole. A bit of water stretches expensive avocados at taquerias. Here you want it to flow and not overpower the fish. Different intentions. Same result.

The salmon is gently cooked in butter. You don’t want it to brown and you don’t want it overdone. I take it to translucent inside. That’s how I like it. If you like it flaky, then cook it longer. But if you like sushi and you’ve never cooked your salmon to just barely done give it a go. It’s delicious. Worst case you can just cook it some more. Best case you discover something new. Salmon with quinoa salad. Try it for a weeknight dinner sometime.


A superfood plate combines salmon, avocado and quinoa in a delicious weeknight meal.

salmon with quinoa salad and avocado salsa

A superfood plate combines salmon, avocado and quinoa in a delicious weeknight meal.
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5 from 3 votes

salmon with quinoa salad

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4


  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • creole seasoning to dust - recipe link below

For the quinoa salad

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 tsp creole seasoning
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 1/2 jalapeno seeded and minced
  • 4 green onions chopped
  • 2-3 Tbsp minced cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • juice of 1/4 lime

For the avocado salsa

  • 1 ripe avocado peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp white onion coarsely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 jalapeño seeded and coarsely chopped
  • water to bring the salsa together


Quinoa salad

  • Bring the stock to a boil. Add the creole seasoning and quinoa. Cover and cook per the instructions on the quinoa package. Fluff and let cool slightly.
  • Toss with the red pepper, jalapeño , cilantro, oil and lime.
  • Adjust salt.

Avocado salsa

  • Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Pulse, adding enough water to bring the salsa to the consistency of heavy cream.

The salmon

  • Warm the butter in a non-stick frying pan large enough to hold all four fillets. Cook gently over low heat until just warmed through/translucent, flipping the fish as required. Cook it longer if you want it cooked through.
  • To serve mound the quinoa salad in the middle of the plate. Place the fish overtop and drizzle with the avocado salsa.


1/2 tsp of creole seasoning is pretty lightly seasoned. If you want to make this to go with something more assertive than fish or as a stand-alone quinoa salad, add 1 full tsp.
Black beans make a nice to the quinoa salad if serving it with poultry.


10 thoughts on “salmon with quinoa salad”

  1. 5 stars
    That sauce! :O I can only imagine the butteriness it would add to the salmon! That’s the only way I will eat my salmon – translucent. (besides completely raw) and usually everyone gives me wierd looks and never fails to tell me that its still raw…I’m glad someone else likes it the same way! Can’t wait to try this sauce out! 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Salmon is literally my 4 year old daughter’s favorite food! Lucky for the rest of us as we all love it, too. I’ve been trying to incorporate more quinoa into our diets, your salad sounds perfect! Also, loving the avocado salsa. Thanks for sharing, pinning for later!

  3. Yum!!! We make salmon a lot at our house, so I’m always happy for new recipe ideas! And I love the idea of serving it with an avocado salsa! Doubling down on the health fats. I was slow to join the quinoa train too, but now we love it! And so easy to whip up in the rice cooker, too! Photos are fantastic!

    • Thanks Mikaela. It is a nice weeknight meal. Comes together in no time flat and that taqueria style avocado salsa can be used anywhere you’d like a bit of guac. Makes a great drizzle on tacos.

  4. 5 stars
    So… I have a confession. I really don’t like salmon and I hate that I don’t like it because it’s SO good for you!! Your salmon dish is literally the first one ever that I actually want to eat. It just looks so delicious and the pictures are spectacular. Romain, if your recipe converts me into a salmon lover, I will be forever in your debt. I will be making this (and loving it) immediately!


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