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This taco salmon rice bowl is a super easy, healthy, and colourful meal! Nutritionally balanced and full of flavour – it’s perfect for a weeknight dinner or a packed work lunch. Recipe is gluten-free and can easily be made dairy-free if needed.

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This easy salmon recipe is like a delicious homemade taco in a bowl format!

In this recipe, salmon fillets are topped with taco seasoning before being baked in the oven and then served over brown rice and veggies. For even more taco-inspired flavour, this grain bowl then gets garnished with ingredients like salsa, avocado, and greek yogurt/sour cream.

Not only is this meal delicious and colourful, it’s also nutritionally-balanced with protein (salmon), fiber-rich whole grains (brown rice), healthy fats (avocado), and plenty of veggies.

This unique combination of nutrients helps to keep you feeling full and satisfied. All things that make this dietitian happy!

Want more salmon recipe inspiration? Check out my roundup of simple, healthy salmon recipes for more ideas!

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Ingredients Needed

All you need to make this salmon recipe are 11 simple, healthy ingredients:

  • brown rice (or other whole grain)⁣
  • salmon⁣ fillets
  • olive oil⁣
  • taco seasoning⁣
  • cherry tomatoes
  • purple cabbage
  • avocado⁣
  • salsa⁣
  • plain greek yogurt⁣ or sour cream
  • lime
  • optional: cilantro to garnish

Recipe Modifications & Ingredient Swaps

  1. Instead of brown rice, feel free to use other grains like white rice, quinoa, farro, or couscous.
  2. Feel free to get creative with the veggies you use in this recipe – no need to stick to just cherry tomatoes and cabbage. This would taste great with something like chopped bell peppers and chopped romaine lettuce, too!
  3. For a dairy-free version, simply omit the greek yogurt/sour cream. If you can find a vegan alternative you can use that here.
  4. Instead of avocado, you can add a few scoops of guacamole.

How Long Do Leftovers Keep?

Leftovers of this recipe keep for about 1-2 days in an airtight container in the fridge. I’d recommend enjoying the leftovers cold, so as to not compromise the texture of the salmon.

If you are intentionally making this in advance (say, to pack for work) – I’d recommend leaving out the avocado and only adding that at time of serving. If you must add it early, try squeezing the lime juice overtop of the avocado – the vitamin C content can help prevent browning!

Salmon Nutrition Benefits

Salmon is an excellent source of quality, complete protein, which helps to protect bone health and prevent muscle loss, among many other functions.

  • a 3-ounce serving provides 17 grams
  • a 6-ounce piece will give you 34 grams

In addition to protein, salmon is rich in heart-healthy unsaturated fatty acids, including omega-3s. Omega-3s are known to support heart health, brain health, and to reduce inflammation overall.

On the micronutrient side, salmon is a great source of B vitamins like:

  • vitamin B12
  • vitamin B6
  • thiamin
  • riboflavin
  • niacin

B vitamins act as coenzymes in many important metabolic processes throughout your body, such as turning the food we eat into energy!

Salmon is also a good source of minerals like potassium and selenium.

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This taco salmon rice bowl is a super easy, healthy, and colourful meal! Nutritionally balanced and full of flavour – it's perfect for a weeknight dinner or a packed work lunch. Recipe is gluten-free and can easily be made dairy-free if needed.
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup brown rice, dry (or other whole grain)⁣
  • 2 4-6 ounce fillets of salmon⁣
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil⁣
  • 1 tsp taco seasoning⁣
  • Salt + pepper⁣, to taste
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved⁣
  • 1 cup purple cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 medium-sized avocado⁣
  • 1/4 cup salsa⁣
  • 2 Tbsp plain greek yogurt⁣ (omit if dairy-free)
  • 1 lime, halved or quartered⁣ (to serve)
  • Optional: cilantro (to garnish)

Instructions

  • Cook rice on stovetop according to package directions.⁣
  • Preheat oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.⁣
  • Brush salmon fillets with olive oil. Sprinkle taco seasoning, salt, and pepper overtop until the tops of the salmon fillets are coated.
  • Bake salmon in the oven for 10-12 mins, or until desired doneness.⁣
  • When salmon and rice are cooked, divide ingredients evenly and assemble salad bowls with all of toppings (veggies, salsa, etc.)! Feel free to customize the toppings as desired (see notes). Squeeze lime juice overtop, mix everything together, and enjoy!

Notes

*LEFTOVERS: Leftovers of this recipe keep for about 1-2 days in an airtight container in the fridge. I’d recommend enjoying the leftovers cold, so as to not compromise the texture of the salmon.
*MAKE IN ADVANCE: If you are intentionally making this in advance (say, to pack for work the next day) – I’d recommend leaving out the avocado and only adding that at time of serving. If you must add it early, try squeezing the lime juice overtop of the avocado – the vitamin C content can help prevent browning!
*RECIPE MODIFICATIONS:
  • Instead of brown rice, feel free to use other grains like white rice, quinoa, farro, or couscous.
  • Feel free to get creative with the veggies you use in this recipe – no need to stick to just cherry tomatoes and cabbage. This would taste great with something like chopped bell peppers and chopped romaine lettuce, too!
  • For a dairy-free version, simply omit the greek yogurt/sour cream. If you can find a vegan alternative you can use that here.
  • Instead of avocado, you can add a few scoops of guacamole.

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