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9 Heart Healthy Salmon Recipes

April 12, 2023
9 Heart Healthy Salmon Recipes

Looking for some healthy dinner ideas? Start including salmon recipes in your weekly meal rotation. Salmon is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which offer many health benefits.

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For starters, the essential fatty acids in salmon are good for your heart. They help raise HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels, slow the buildup of plaque in arteries and lower blood pressure. But the benefits of omega-3s don’t stop there! This fatty acid is also good for your brain. It may also reduce chronic inflammation, improve eye, joint and skin health, and even ease symptoms of depression.

Omega-3 fatty acids can’t be made by the body naturally, which is why you’ll want to stock up on foods that contain this healthy nutrient. The American Heart Association® recommends eating at least two servings of food each week that are high in these essential fatty acids.

Coldwater fish such as salmon, herring, trout and tuna are all high in omega-3s, but salmon is a crowd favorite among these options because of its taste and versatility. There are loads of healthy salmon recipes to try. Or you can just keep it simple – salmon can be grilled, poached, air-fried or baked. It’s a great option on its own as your main dish, or you can use it as a topping on salads or pasta dishes.

When shopping for salmon, look for wild caught, which typically has more omega-3s and fewer pesticides than farm-raised salmon. Salmon can also be kept in your pantry to use in recipes at a moment’s notice. Look for cans and pouches in the aisle where you find canned tuna at your local grocery store.

Here’s a roundup of some of our best salmon recipes to make for dinner:

Almond Crusted Salmon

Impress your guests with this enticing salmon entrée that’s paired with a light frisée salad. With 26 grams of protein per serving, this recipe is as nutritious as it is eye catching!

Salmon Tacos with Red Cabbage Slaw

Think outside the box with this fun dinner recipe. Brown sugar and chili powder turn this dish into a spicy and sweet treat that’s loaded with taste and packed with good-for-you ingredients.

Seared Salmon over Spinach and Olive Relish

Olive fans will love this simple seared salmon topped with an olive relish containing shallots, parsley, honey and lemon zest. Did we mention this recipe is gluten free?

Salmon Salad

Craving a healthy salad? Instead of reaching for a can of tuna, grab a pouch of salmon and make up this nutritious meal with simple ingredients from your fridge.

Citrus Salmon

Looking for an easy salmon recipe? This simple and tasty dish can be ready to eat in just 30 minutes!

Salmon Quinoa Cakes

Skip the crab cakes from the local seafood chain and make these salmon cakes instead. Packed with nutrient-dense quinoa, these salmon cakes are gluten free and contain only 156 calories per serving.

Wasabi Pea Salmon

Do you like to keep your dinners simple? This salmon recipe uses only four ingredients! The wasabi peas give it a spicy kick you’ll love.

Thai Salmon

In the mood for Thai food? This Asian-inspired salmon recipe has a delicious glaze that enhances the smooth flavor of this widely enjoyed seafood.

Smoked Salmon Crisps

Salmon makes for a delicious appetizer, so make up these crisps for your next party. At only 64 calories per serving, bet you can’t eat just one.

Keep in mind that not all salmon recipes are healthy just because salmon is a good-for-you food. Some recipes may have lots of unhealthy ingredients that offset the health benefits of the fish. If you’re looking for healthy salmon recipes that are also delicious, try one of these recipes for dinner tonight that are low in calories, fat and sodium…but simply delicious!

For more heart healthy recipes, visit the HealtheCooks™ website.

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