Salmon With Lemon-Cilantro Vinaigrette


Quick, easy, delicious, and healthy—what more could you want?

Salmon With Lemon-Cilantro Vinaigrette
Photo: Jose Picayo
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 servings

We've listed salmon among the 30 healthiest foods to eat every day, so to up your nutrition game, you can hardly do better. We pair this seafood superstar with cooked couscous, and then drizzle both with a vinaigrette flavored with fresh cilantro and brightened with lemon juice. This dish comes together so quickly, it'll easily become a weeknight staple. Serve with a veggie and crusty bread for a balanced, nutritious, delicious meal.


  • 1 10-oz box couscous (1½ cups)

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 skinless salmon fillet (1¼ lb), cut into 4 portions

  • ½ teaspoon paprika

  • Kosher salt and black pepper

  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  1. Cook couscous according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

  2. Season salmon with paprika, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper, and then cook until opaque throughout, 3 to 4 minutes per side.

  3. In a bowl, combine cilantro, scallions, lemon juice, remaining 2 tablespoons oil, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Drizzle over the salmon and couscous.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

556 Calories
19g Fat
55g Carbs
42g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 556
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 441mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Protein 42g

*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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