Salmon With Creamy Cucumber-Fennel Salad


This decidedly grown-up dinner delivers crispy but moist salmon alongside a creamy, crunchy cucumber salad. Serve the duo with a slice of rye bread for a Nordic meal that’s as elegant as it is delicious. Better still? The whole thing’s ready in 20 minutes or less: As the salmon fillets roast in the oven, you’ll make the surprisingly healthy salad, thanks to a Greek yogurt-based dressing. Look for fennel at grocery stores and farmers markets in fall and winter when the herbal anise-flavored vegetable is in season; this recipe uses the bulb and a bit of the fronds to make the most of it.

Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 4 6-ounce pieces skinless salmon fillet

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • kosher salt and black pepper

  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced

  • ½ cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

  • 1 fennel bulb, cored and thinly sliced, plus 2 tablespoons chopped fennel fronds

  • ½ English cucumber, thinly sliced

  • rye bread, for serving


  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Rub the salmon with the oil and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Season with the cayenne and ¼ teaspoon each salt and black pepper. Top with the lemon slices and bake until opaque throughout, 8 to 12 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk together the yogurt, vinegar, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and black pepper in a large bowl. Add the fennel, fennel fronds, and cucumber and toss to coat.

  3. Serve the salmon with the cucumber-fennel salad and bread.

    Salmon With Creamy Cucumber-Fennel Salad
    José Picayo

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

484 Calories
18g Fat
33g Carbs
47g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 484
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 109mg 36%
Sodium 746mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 47g
Calcium 135mg 10%
Iron 4mg 22%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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