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A roasted salmon filet on a bed of quinoa with cucumber slices

Roasted Salmon Quinoa Bowls

Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 754kcal
Author Ann Otis


  • 2 cups quinoa *see note
  • 4 salmon fillets (about 6 ounces each) *see note
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • ½ cup tightly packed cilantro chopped
  • ½ cucumber thinly sliced

Chili Lime Dressing

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons chopped cilantro



  • Preheat the oven to 425 F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and grease with olive oil
  • Pat the salmon dry with a paper towel and place the fillets skin side down on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Rub the fillets with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Roast in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes, until it just flakes with a fork.


  • While the salmon is roasting, combine the quinoa with 4 cups of water and a large pinch of salt in a large saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil uncovered and reduce heat to low to maintain a simmer.
  • Simmer until all the water is absorbed, about 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and cover for about 5 minutes to let the quinoa steam and finish cooking.
  • Remove the lid and fluff the quinoa with a fork.


  • With a whisk, combine the olive oil, lime juice, apple cider vinegar, chili powder, cilantro, and salt.
  • To serve: Combine the quinoa with about ⅓ to ½ cup of dressing (to taste). Divide quinoa between 4 bowls. Place a piece of salmon over each bed of quinoa, add cucumber slices and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.


*Depending on the brand of quinoa you buy, it may be necessary to rinse it before cooking. This is because quinoa has a natural coating, called saponin, that can make it taste bitter or soapy if it's not throughly rinsed off.
That said, most packaged quinoa has been pre-rinsed and should be fine to cook as-is. If you buy bulk, you might want to rinse it to be safe. 
*Most salmon sold in grocery stores is farm-raised, but wild-caught salmon is definitely the way to go if you can get your hands on it. It's more nutritious and sustainable. Check with your fish monger!


Calories: 754kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 696mg | Potassium: 1436mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 850IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 6mg