Balsamic Glazed Salmon with Sauteed Spinach and Quinoa Pilaf

Balsamic Glazed Salmon with Sauteed Spinach and Quinoa Pilaf
Category: Main Dish

Description: Savor the flavors of perfectly seared salmon paired with a zesty balsamic glaze, served over a bed of colorful sautéed spinach and a hearty serving of quinoa pilaf. This recipe combines the protein-rich quinoa, the nutrient-dense spinach, and the omega-3 richness of salmon to create a delicious, well-balanced meal. The balsamic glaze adds a sweet and savory dimension that elevates the dish to a gourmet experience that is both satiating and nourishing.


Preparation Mode:

Set aside the balsamic vinegar, honey, minced garlic, Dijon mustard, salt, and black pepper in a small saucepan. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Stirring regularly, bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat until the glaze thickens slightly.

Remove from heat. Arrange the salmon fillets on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Lightly cover each fillet with the balsamic glaze.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 12 to 15 minutes, or until the salmon flakes easily with a fork. To make the quinoa pilaf, heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and saute until translucent.

Next, add the rinsed quinoa and toast it for two to three minutes, stirring from time to time. Finally, pour in the vegetable broth, bring to a boil, lower the heat, cover, and simmer the quinoa for fifteen to twenty minutes, or until it is cooked and the liquid has been absorbed. Finally, fluff the quinoa with a fork and mix in the toasted pine nuts.

For the sauteed spinach, in a different skillet, heat a small amount of olive oil over medium heat. Add the baby spinach and toss until it wilts but is still bright green. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

When the salmon is finished baking, place a heaping portion of the quinoa pilaf and a few spoons of the sauteed spinach on each plate, then gently top with the salmon that has been glazed with balsamic glaze and drizzle with any extra balsamic glaze. Garnish with fresh parsley for a pop of color and freshness. Enjoy the taste sensations of this Balsamic Glazed Salmon with Sauteed Spinach and Quinoa Pilaf, which is a delightful blend of earthy, savory, and sweet notes.

This recipe is perfect for entertaining or for treating yourself to a fine dining experience at home because it highlights the elegance and versatility of salmon paired with healthful sides.