Bringing you all the color with this easy Sheet Pan Salmon with Citrus Avocado Salsa and Potatoes. Baby potatoes roasted alongside herby, citrus roasted salmon. Topped with a fresh citrus avocado salsa and sesame tossed arugula. This is quick, easy, extra colorful, super flavorful, and so delicious. The perfect dinner to serve any night of the week. Or incorporate this healthy recipe into your weekly meal prep and enjoy for lunches and dinners throughout the week.
This is pretty cheesy, but even just looking at this colorful sheet pan salmon has me excited…and somehow instantly brightens my mood as well. It’s full of healthy ingredients, is beyond vibrant, so delicious, and yet somehow it’s still warm and cozy too. It’s basically everything, and I’m very excited to share this easy recipe with you all.
It’s funny, I LOVE my rich and cozy and super hearty fall/early winter recipes so much. I look forward to them every single year, but currently? I love these healthier January recipes more. I find it crazy how easily I can adapt and be excited about the season we are in (I’m not so easily adaptable in other areas!) I can’t say that I’m ready for spring, but just greatly enjoying this healthy winter food. It’s always a challenge come January to create recipes that I find both comforting and healthy, but (for the most part) I’m really enjoying the change of pace.
Which brings me to this salmon, another recipe I made a couple of weeks ago and have been dying to share. It’s a new staple recipe for winter. You know, one of those dinners that I’ll be making time and time again. The colors, the flavors, it’s all soo good…and so healthy!
Here is how to make the best sheet pan salmon.
As you can probably guess, this is a one and done kind of recipe.
The potatoes are the first step since they take the longest to cook. Toss them into the oven to begin roasting. While the potatoes are roasting, season the salmon. I went with very fresh, Cuban inspired flavors. So, plenty of fresh oregano, wintry citrus (both orange and lemon), and shallots, which I think are very key. The combination of zesty citrus and tangy shallots are way too good. Kind of savory, but a little sweet, which is my favorite flavor profile.
Once the potatoes have been roasting for a bit and are beginning to soften, add the salmon to that very same sheet pan along with a few thin slices of fresh orange. The orange slices will lightly char as the salmon cooks, releasing their juice and infusing flavor into everything on the pan.
The citrus avocado salsa…
Yes, you do need this too!
It’s no secret that I love salsa, sauces, spreads…basically all “saucy” things that add an additional layer of flavor. This avocado salsa? Hands down one of the better salsas I’ve made. It’s a mix of all of my favorite things, including avocado, fresh wintry citrus, herbs, and flaky sea salt. I kept it pretty simple since I wanted to highlight the tart citrus, fresh cilantro, and fresh parsley.
Spoon the salsa over top of the salmon. Once the herbs hit the warm fish everything immediately smells insanely delicious. Finish it all off with flaky sea salt and your dinner is complete. Just one sheet pan, plus one bowl for the salsa…pretty, easy right?
OH! But wait, I did forget the arugula, which is not needed but adds a really nice peppery bite. And I tossed in toasted sesame seeds too for a little nuttiness. Delicious.
This all feels very Cuban inspired. Everything from the colors to the herbs, to all the citrus, feels Cuban and has me instantly dreaming of our next warm, beachy vacation.
Aside from this recipe being both easy and delicious, it also triples as a great recipe for meal prep. You can put all the components together in glass meal prep containers (not including the avocado salsa), and keep stored in the fridge for 3-4 days. For the salsa, I’d recommend making that the day of, as the avocado can get a little brown as it sits.
This would be a great meal to pack up as a work lunch or use as an incredibly fast dinner.
So with that, how about sheet pan salmon tonight and leftovers for lunch tomorrow? You could even add some steamed rice to make it a touch heartier. Or go lighter with additional arugula and turn this into a salad. Any way you serve this up you can’t go wrong.
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Sheet Pan Salmon with Citrus Avocado Salsa and Potatoes
Calories Per Serving: 300 kcal
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- 1 pound baby potatoes, halved
- 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- kosher salt and black pepper
- 4 (5-6 ounce) salmon fillets
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon orange zest, plus 6 orange slices
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 small shallots, thinly sliced
- 2 cups baby arugula
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
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- 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the potatoes with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Season with salt and black pepper. Roast for 20 minutes, or until tender. 2. Place the salmon on a plate and rub with the oregano, paprika, orange zest, lemon zest, crushed red pepper flakes, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil, rubbing the seasonings evenly into each filet. 3. Remove the potatoes from the oven and push them to one side of the pan. Put the salmon on the other side. Arrange the shallots and orange slices around the salmon. Drizzle over 1 tablespoon olive oil. Return the pan to oven and roast for 10 to 20 minutes more, until the salmon reaches desired doneness.4. Meanwhile, make the salsa. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss to combine.5. Toss the arugula with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, the sesame seeds, and a pinch of salt. 6. To serve, divide the salmon and potatoes between plates. Spoon the salsa over the salmon. Add a handful of arugula to each plate. Eat and enjoy!