Orange-Sesame Salmon with Quinoa & Broccoli

These tasty fruits are high in nutrition while remaining low in calories and fat. Eat them raw or squeeze them to make orange juice. Available year-round, different varieties of oranges have light or dark peels and an interior that can range from pale yellow-orange to the deep red of blood oranges.

One way to enjoy them is in a nice dish. A quick Asian orange sauce gives this healthy salmon dinner recipe bright flavor. Here’s a healthy Orange-Sesame Salmon with quinoa and broccoli dish for you and your family to enjoy.

 

Ingredients

 

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • ½ cup orange juice plus ⅓ cup, divided
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • 1 bunch broccoli, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided
  • 3 teaspoons toasted sesame oil, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 4-ounce portions wild salmon
  • 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium tamari
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

 

Method

  1. Prepare quinoa according to package directions, substituting ½ cup orange juice for ½ cup water. Remove from heat and stir in scallions. Cover to keep warm.
  2. Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  3. Toss broccoli with oil and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper in a large bowl. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Roast for 8 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, combine 2 teaspoons sesame oil, garlic powder and the remaining ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper in a small bowl. Brush the mixture on salmon.
  5. Push the broccoli to one side of the pan and place the salmon on the other side. Bake until the salmon is just cooked through, 5 to 8 minutes. Sprinkle the salmon with sesame seeds.
  6. Whisk the remaining ⅓ cup orange juice, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, ginger, tamari and cornstarch in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on High for 1 minute. Divide the quinoa, broccoli and salmon among 4 plates. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons sauce each.