15-minute dinner recipe! This amazing Roasted Salmon with Avocado Salsa recipe is fantastic for entertaining or an easy weeknight meal. 345 calories and 3 Weight Watchers SP. Thank you to California Avocados for helping me share this recipe with you.
This Salmon with Avocado Salsa combines two of my favorite ingredients in one healthy dinner recipe. The salmon is rubbed with an easy spice mix and baked, then topped with a homemade avocado salsa that takes mere minutes to make.
The avocado salsa for this recipe can be made while the salmon is roasting. So, if you’re on your game, the entire dish can be ready in 15 minutes. Serve it up with a green salad or a tomato salad and a simple quinoa salad.
And if you are looking for Whole30 recipes, this salmon recipe is for you!
I’ve put this salmon avocado recipe on my dinner party menu several times. To tell the truth, it took me many years to learn one of the tricks of entertaining.
KEEP IT SIMPLE!
It only took me about a dozen dinner and cocktail parties to figure this out. You may be thinking, “Slow learner!” I prefer “culinarily ambitious”.
Rather than slaving over multiple hors d’oeuvres, a fancy entrée, side dishes up to my eyebrows and a dessert that requires being lit on fire (okay, I wasn’t actually that crazy), I now choose dishes that allow me to spend time with and actually enjoy my guests. What a concept, right?!
Now I either opt for dishes that can either be made partly or completely ahead of time, or ones that require fewer than 10 brain cells and less than 30 minutes.
This roasted salmon recipe is ideal for easy entertaining, but the flavors will fool your guests into thinking that you’ve been slaving for hours.
Tips for making this salmon and avocado salsa:
One of the keys to pulling off simple recipes is choosing good quality ingredients. Serving a tomato mozzarella salad? With only a few ingredients, those better be sweet tomatoes and the creamiest mozzarella! Making avocado salsa to dollop over some spiced roasted salmon? Find the creamiest, most flavorful avocados you can.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and line a baking sheet with foil. Lightly coat the foil with cooking spray.
Give each salmon fillet a quick rub with a tiny drizzle of olive oil, then rub each with the homemade spice mix. The spice mix is a mixture of cumin, chili powder, paprika and salt.
Roast the salmon until it’s just cooked through (we’ll talk about that in a second).
The most important thing? Do your best not to overcook the salmon! Tender and juicy is better than dense and dry any day of the week.
Serve up the salmon and spoon the avocado salsa over top. So good!
How to tell when salmon is done:
If you’ve landed on any of my other fish recipes, you already know this trick. But it’s so foolproof that I have to mention it again.
To test the salmon, insert a small, sharp knife into the thickest part of the fillet. Hold it there for 10 seconds. Pull out the knife, then carefully rest the side of it against your upper lip or the inside of your wrist (both are temperature-sensitive). If the knife is hot, the salmon is done.
Seriously, it’s that easy!
What to serve with salmon:
We usually opt for some sort of whole grain recipe, such as Brown Rice Pilaf with Orzo or Greek Rice Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette, along with a veggie side, such as Greek Sautéed Sugar Snap Peas or
Balsamic Grilled Vegetables.
If you’re a regular visitor here, you know that I’m a devotee of California Avocados and I become inappropriately gleeful (according to my embarrassed-about-everything-you-do teenaged son) about their arrival at the grocery stores, which starts right around now in early April. Avocado on my eggs, on my toast, in my salads, on my burgers, in my soups and in my salsa. And since they’re rich with healthy fats and vitamins, I don’t feel guilty about that in the least! If you love avocados as much as I do, be sure to check out my 15 Healthy Avocado Recipes.
The avocado salsa for this recipe can be made while the salmon is roasting. So, if you’re on your game, the entire dish can be ready in 15 minutes. Serve it up with a green salad or blanched greens beans and a simple quinoa salad.
Roasted Salmon with Avocado Salsa
- 4 5 ounces. each salmon fillets (total 1 ½ pounds.)
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- ¾ teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 California avocado chopped
- juice of ½ lime
- 1 medium tomato diced
- 2 tablespoons minced cilantro
- 1 tablespoon minced jalapeno pepper seeds removed
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Adjust the top rack to sit in the top third of the oven. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray.
- Rub each salmon fillet with ¼ teaspoon olive oil and arrange on the baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, stir together the cumin, chili powder, paprika and salt. Sprinkle evenly over the salmon.
- Bake until the salmon is just cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes (depending on the thickness of the fillets). Do not overcook.
- Serve with the avocado salsa.
- While the salmon is cooking, stir together the avocado, lime juice, tomato, cilantro, jalapeno and salsa in a medium bowl.
This post was first published on April 10, 2017 and updated on April 30, 2020.
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This was one of the best salmon dishes I've ever eaten! The spice for the fish was absolutely delicious and the avocado salsa complemented the dish well. Will be making this again!
paul alexander stewart
This was perfect. Made exactly as stated except added red onion to the avocado salsa. So good!
I made this for a birthday dinner this week. It tasted fabulous! Everyone enjoyed it. I will definitely be making this again. Thanks for sharing.
Family loved it. And I had to use lime juice I had already, since I forgot to get lemons. But I added lemon pepper. Whatever…still delicious.
Could you do this with a different type of fish? Maybe a cod or haddock?
Sure! Something firm and dense, like halibut or cod, would be a good option.
Yummy! Thank you for idea Have a good day!
I made this for dinner last night and my family loved, loved, loved it! I'm so happy to add another salmon recipe to our menu rotation.
That salmon is cooked to perfection!
Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet
What a beautiful salmon dish! Loving the avocado salsa!
Renee - Kudos Kitchen
This is one mighty fine looking salmon dish! I love avocados and pairing them with salmon is a wonderful idea!
California avocados are the best, and this is a wonderful way to use them! Love it!
Amanda | The Chunky Chef
I'm a total avocado lover too, and this looks so insanely flavorful!!
My whole family is avocado OBSESSED so this meal looks like a perfect fit for us! Yummy!!
Erin @ The Speckled Palate
Brilliant, lady! Like you, I've always tried to make my get-togethers fancy... but you're totally right on keeping it simple while having fancy flavors. And this salmon? SWOON. I want it tonight!