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Lemon Baked Salmon with Toasted Pine Nuts and Mint Yogurt Sauce

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Lemon Baked Salmon with Pine Nuts and Mint Yogurt Sauce brings together my favorite Mediterranean flavors to create a flavorful, nutritious dinner that is ready in under 30 minutes.  The lemon baked salmon is topped with toasted pine nuts and a minty yogurt sauce.   Lemon Baked Salmon with Pine Nuts and Mint Yogurt Sauce

Today I am excited to be sharing an important initiative with you all, The Sustainable Seafood Project.  

I was lucky to meet Jessie from Life As A Strawberry at BlogHer Food last year in Miami.  She is such a fun, genuinely passionate girl that not only shares mouthwatering recipes on her site, like this Butternut Squash Soup with Goat Cheese and Bacon, but she also is also an advocate for sustainable seafood and started The Sustainable Seafood Project. This initiative brings together food bloggers to help shed light on the importance of sustainable seafood. Sustainable seafood is something that is also near and dear to my heart so when I talked with Jessie at the conference about her initiative I knew I had to join and spread the word.

Lemon Baked Salmon with Pine Nuts and Mint Yogurt Sauce

I know the basics about sustainable seafood but when I went to The Sustainable Seafood Project’s website I did some digging and learned a lot more.  I love seafood and I know many of you do too. The scary thing is that once our fish are gone, they are gone!  Around the world fish are hunted in great numbers and many species are seeing their numbers decline.  The Sustainable Seafood Project tells the story of the Bluefin Tuna, which is all but extinct to help put it in perspective. Stop by and read the story here.

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If you feel overwhelmed when buying seafood and don’t know how to choose what to buy or purchase at a restaurant stop by this page dedicated to shopping and dining resources for sustainable seafood to help you make your choices.

In our house we try to eat seafood at least once a week, not only for the health benefits, but because it is easy to make and a nice clean slate to use bold, exciting flavors.  Today’s Lemon Baked Salmon with Pine Nuts and Mint Yogurt Sauce mixes some of my favorite Mediterranean flavors into one simple meal.  The salmon is brushed with an olive oil, garlic and lemon mixture and then baked in the oven. The salmon is then topped with toasted pine nuts, freshly chopped parsley and a minty yogurt sauce.

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Lemon Baked Salmon with Pine Nuts and Mint Yogurt Sauce

Lemon Baked Salmon with Toasted Pine Nuts and Mint Yogurt Sauce

  • Author: Julia // A Cedar Spoon
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Seafood, Dinner

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Lemon Baked Salmon with Pine Nuts and Mint Yogurt Sauce brings together my favorite Mediterranean flavors to create a flavorful, nutritious dinner that is ready in under 30 minutes. The lemon baked salmon is topped with toasted pine nuts and a minty yogurt sauce.


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Ingredients

  • l Lemon Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • 44oz salmon fillets
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/2 lemon, thinly sliced into rounds {this is to lay on the salmon filets}
  • Fresh parsley for garnish, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • For the mint yogurt sauce:
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt, low fat
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preaheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl combine the lemon dressing mixture: olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic and a dash of salt and pepper.
  3. In an oven safe baking dish lay the salmon filets and brush each side of the fillets with the lemon dressing mixture. Sprinkle salt and pepper on each side of the fillets. Lay one or two lemon slices on each salmon filet.
  4. Bake the salmon for 15-20 minutes or until the internal temperature is 145 degrees and pink and flaky with a fork.
  5. While the salmon bakes, heat a small skillet over medium heat and add the pine nuts. Toast the pine nuts stirring constantly for 3-4 minutes, until you see small golden brown specs on the pine nuts. Set aside.
  6. In a small bowl combine the yogurt, garlic, mint and lemon juice and set aside.
  7. Once the salmon is done baking remove from the oven. Garnish with the yogurt sauce, toasted pine nuts and freshly chopped parsley.

Check out these other food bloggers that are also sharing delicious sustainable seafood recipes and advocating on behalf of The Sustainable Seafood Project.

Lemon Baked Salmon

Serve this salmon with these Simple Garlic Parmesan Green Beans and Avocado, Kale and Spinach Salad from Sarcastic Cooking. 

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Joyce Vandenberg Porter

Wednesday 22nd of April 2015

This looks delicious! I'm loving that yogurt mint sauce... Glad to be part of the SSBP with you.

Carol at Wild Goose Mama

Monday 6th of April 2015

I live in salmon country and this is a delightful recipe. It enhances the salmon and lets it's flavor be the King of the recipe. The toasted pine nuts is an inspired touch..

Don't normally talks about me----but please make note of the slight name Change from Wild Goose Tea. New design--whoopee and some new features.

Julia

Monday 6th of April 2015

Thanks for stopping by Carol! You are lucky to live in salmon country! :)

Kim @ This Ole Mom

Friday 3rd of April 2015

Your recipe looks so good and healthy. Hope to meet you in June at the SSBC. I'm happy to be part of this wonderful project with you.

Julia

Friday 3rd of April 2015

Thanks Kim! I am happy to be a part of it too!

Jessica @ Stuck On Sweet

Friday 3rd of April 2015

what a delicious recipe! Love being part of The Sustainable Seafood Project - it's incredibly important! Love how simple and clean the flavors are in this recipe, too! can't wait to make it!

Julia

Friday 3rd of April 2015

I agree Jess! It is a great initiative to be a part of. And yes--this is a simple recipe with lots of great flavor!

Tammy

Thursday 2nd of April 2015

What an awesome post...thanks for sharing. I should definitely try to incorporate more healthy seafood dishes into my diet. Love this..sounds delish! :D

Julia

Friday 3rd of April 2015

We love seafood and try to eat it once a week if possible. Hope you try this out and like it!

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