Sassy Salmon with Avocado Dip and Zesty Rice

 

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Do you love ordering salmon at restaurants, but the thought of cooking it at home is just wayyy too intimidating? Believe it or not, salmon is very easy to prepare using simple ingredients and your oven. In about 35-45 minutes, you can create a fancy meal fit for any restaurant out there. Plus, you can’t beat the price of this homemade dish when your average restaurant salmon will cost you $17-20. The avocado dip adds fresh flavor and creaminess, and the rice is simple, yet flavorful. This meal is truly fit for all of the seafood kings and queens out there, and makes plenty to please a crowd or to keep all to yourself for leftovers throughout the week. Enjoy!

Serves 4-6.

Total Cost: About $8 each for 4 people

Ingredients:

For the salmon:

  • 1.5-2 lbs salmon (I bought it fresh from Costco for about $9.24/lb, but frozen works just as well)
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 handful fresh or dried parsley
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

For the avocado dip:

  • 2 avocados, peeled and mashed (it’s okay to keep it a little chunky if you like it that way)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the rice:

  • 2 cups quick-cooking brown rice
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1/4 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 15.5 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 handful fresh or dried parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

2. If you have a whole salmon, cut into 4 nice-sized pieces or use 4 fillets. Place on a baking dish and coat with olive oil. Season with garlic, pepper, salt, parsley, and lemon juice.

3. In a small bowl, mash avocados and add lemon juice, and seasonings. Set aside.

4. Place salmon in the oven and set timer for 35 minutes. While the salmon is cooking, boil the rice according to package directions.

5. Once rice is cooked, mix in cherry tomatoes, onions, black beans and seasonings. Set aside.

6. To make sure your salmon is cooked through, make sure it flakes easily with a fork. Don’t cook it for too long or it will become dry! Once it is cooked, remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes. Top salmon with avocado dip as desired.

*Savvy Savings Tip: If you have leftover avocado dip (which I did), add in some tomatoes and onions and you’ve got yourself some creamy guac!

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