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Overhead photo of a white plate topped with a balsamic baked salmon and strawberry basil salsa over arugula and quinoa.

Balsamic Baked Salmon With California Strawberry Basil Salsa

This balsamic baked salmon recipe is topped with a refreshing strawberry basil salsa. It's such a simple, yet delicious summer dish that's bursting with flavour and nutrition! This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and a source of protein and fibre.
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Keyword balsamic vinegar, basil, salmon, strawberries
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinate 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 2


Balsamic salmon:

  • 2 4-6 ounce salmon fillets
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp honey
  • Salt + pepper, to taste

Strawberry basil salsa:

  • 8 California strawberries, diced
  • 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 medium-sized avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 lime, juice only
  • Salt + pepper, to taste


  • Place salmon fillets in a baking dish. Whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, honey, salt, and pepper. Pour over salmon and allow to marinate for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Dice all salsa ingredients and place into a bowl. Mix together well and set aside.
  • Bake salmon in the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until desired doneness.
  • Remove salmon from oven and serve over a bed of grains (as desired). Be sure to spoon any excess marinade overtop!
  • Serve California strawberry salsa over salmon. Enjoy!


*WHAT TO SERVE THIS SALMON WITH: I love serving this salmon and strawberry salsa recipe over a bed of whole grains, like quinoa, farro, or brown rice. If you'd like, you can also toss in some greens, like baby arugula, kale, or spinach!
*LEFTOVERS: Leftovers of this recipe will keep for about 2 days in an airtight container in the fridge. This recipe tastes great cold, so there's no need to reheat it (which I find can compromise the texture of baked salmon). While you can enjoy leftovers in the same way as mentioned above, a creative way to repurpose leftovers would be to flake up the cooked salmon and add it to a taco shell or an open-faced toast. Add the strawberry salsa overtop and enjoy!