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Spring into Eating Fresh

| April 12, 2013 | 6 Comments

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Salmon & Cranberries with a side of Asparagus


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 tbsp. chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp. orange juice + 2 tbsp. for drizzle
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 bunch of asparagus


  1. heat oven to 400 degrees
  2. line a baking pan with parchment paper
  3. cook quinoa according to package
  4. cook your asparagus how you'd like as a side dish (just suggestion)
  5. combine parsley, orange juice, salt & pepper in a large bowl. Mix well
  6. put salmon skin side down on baking pan.
  7. drizzle 2 tbsp. orange juice on salmon
  8. spread the parsley mixture onto each salmon
  9. bake in oven for 10 minutes or until salmon is cooked, remove from oven and wrap in foil let stand for 5 min
  10. put your cooked quinoa into a bowl and add the dried cranberries, sea salt & pepper
  11. Unwrap the salmon once time is up serve with cranberry quinoa and asparagus
  12. Enjoy!

Now that the snow is almost, gone it’s usually the time I get super excited about fresh foods to come. With all of the local food venders at our finger tips I hardy step foot into a grocery store and just get the “essentials” like milk, butter, bread. I also get excited and think of what goodies we will be planting in our garden. Last year we added a few new veggies to switch things up. I however like the staples of having the basic and get the really good stuff at the market. Here are a few photos I took last year on my stroll looking for goodies.

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There are lots of great meals I enjoy for spring, we tend to eat a lot lighter and less heavy when it comes to spring. The salmon & cranberries dish is a great. Even the kids enjoy this meal. Feel free to share with me what your go to spring dish is that you enjoy as a family. Also what’s a dish you think of that uses fresh local foods.  I hope you enjoy the recipe and let me know how it turned out and if you’ve made it. Let me know if you changed anything to make it your own staple! Enjoy!!

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  1. Maria Iemma says:

    This sounds delicious – Salmon is my favorite fish and I am always looking for new ways to cook it. This sounds like a good recipe and not too difficult to do so it is going in my recipe book under the Salmon tab.

  2. Maria,

    I’m happy to hear you love salmon. Not to many people are fans. It took a while for my husband to enjoy salmon. Even though he’s from the East cost and should love anything that comes from the ocean.

    Let me know how the recipe worked for you and if you changed it up a little. One thing I love about recipes you can take it and make it your own or add a few little extra things to call it your own! ENJOY

  3. kathy downey says:

    My hubby filled his tags this year and we have it frozen,I will be sure to try this recipe later the fall thanks for sharing

  4. kathy downey says:

    We tried your recipe and it was delicious

  5. kathy downey says:

    Seems we are using dried cranberries for our Salmon all the time now,we had tis yesterday for dinner.

  6. Debbie White Beattie says:

    What a great recipe.I really like the use of orange juice and cranberries for a different flavour

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