This Salmon and Asparagus recipe is the perfect spring dish featuring fresh herbs! Made with a lightened up sauce and featuring allergy-friendly dairy alternatives, this meal is loaded with healthy fats, tons of nutrients, and flavors you will love.
ZESTY GARLIC & HERB SAUCE
- 1 cup fresh parsley (torn)
- 2 teaspoons dried dill (or 2 Tablespoons freshly chopped)
- 2 small garlic cloves
- 2 teaspoons capers (see notes)
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 2–3 Tablespoons non dairy milk/cream, regular cream, or Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- Splash of lemon juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
FOR SALMON & ASPARAGUS
- 18–20 oz Atlantic salmon fillet (skin removed and sliced into 4-6 oz portions or 3-4 fillets)
- 1 lb asparagus (trimmed)
- 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (grated, optional. Omit for dairy free.)
- Lemon slices (for garnish)
- Prepare garlic and herb sauce: Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. After blending, adjust salt and pepper to taste.
- Preheat oven to 400F. Grease a baking sheet well or line with parchment paper sized to fit the sheet. Set aside.
- Arrange sheet pan: Place salmon filets down the center of the baking pan and align asparagus spears around filets. Drizzle ½ tablespoon olive oil over asparagus. Sprinkle salmon and asparagus with a pinch of kosher salt and pepper.
- Brush each salmon filet with 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of herb sauce each. Garnish each filet with lemon slices. Drizzle a splash of lemon juice over the asparagus spears.
- Bake for 10 -14 minutes, or 10 minutes per inch of salmon thickness. Thicker salmon will take closer to 14 minutes to cook through.
- Remove sheet pan from the oven and sprinkle grated parmesan over salmon (and asparagus) if desired. *optional*
- Set the oven to Broil and broil sheet pan for 1-3 minutes or until salmon and parmesan are flaky and golden. (Broiling temperatures vary; 500- 550F is ideal.)
- Let salmon filet rest 5 minutes before garnishing with extra chopped herbs (optional) and serving.
- Leftover sauce may be used for dipping, just use a separate brush than the one used for coating raw salmon.
Capers: Capers are an optional ingredient that gives the sauce a little texture and tanginess! If omitting, use 1 teaspoon extra lemon juice and cream instead.
Other sauces that pair well with this salmon: Try salmon filets with one of my homemade pestos!
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Category: dinner
- Method: bake
- Cuisine: american
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 340
- Sugar: 3.1 g
- Sodium: 311.2 mg
- Fat: 21.8 g
- Saturated Fat: 4 g
- Carbohydrates: 6.3 g
- Fiber: 1.7 g
- Protein: 32.6 g
- Cholesterol: 70.5 mg
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