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Cranberry Walnut Salmon on a Bed of Spinach


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Cranberry Walnut Salmon on a Bed of Spinach

Do not spin or dry the spinach, the water that is on the leaves will provide the steam to cook it.


  • Ready Time : 0 min




    For Salmon:

    • Gefen Canola Oil Cooking Spray
    • 8 (6-ounce) pieces salmon filet
    • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1 tablespoon paprika
    • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • pinch ground nutmeg

    For cranberry walnut topping:

    • 1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
    • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
    • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

    For spinach:

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 4 cloves garlic
    • 8 (6-ounce) bags fresh baby spinach,rinsed and not dried
    • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
    • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
    • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


    Preheat oven to 375° F. Lightly spray a jelly-roll pan with cooking spray.

    For salmon:
    In a small bowl, mix together salt, paprika, cumin,cinnamon, and nutmeg. Rub spice mixture on each piece of salmon.

    Place filets on prepared pan. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until salmon is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.

    For cranberry walnut topping:
    Toast nuts in a small saucepan over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring continually until lightly brown and fragrant. Remove from pan and set aside.

    Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots and cook for 1 minute. Reduce heat to low. Add orange juice and honey; cook about 10 minutes. Add cranberries and cayenne pepper; stir until combined. Remove from heat, add nuts and pour over salmon.

    For spinach:
    Heat oil in a very large sauté pan over low heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, less than 1 minute. Add spinach to the pan. With tongs, toss spinach around as it wilts. Add lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Toss well.

    Evenly distribute spinach among 8 dinner plates.
    Top each with 1 salmon filet. Spoon cranberry walnut topping over all.

    About Jamie Geller


    Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."




    6 Responses to Cranberry Walnut Salmon on a Bed of Spinach

    1. avatar says: Sizzling

      This recipe is delicious, and oh so pretty!

    2. We generally do not care for sweet protein (meat, chicken, fish) but I decided to try this salmon dish. Didn’t have lemon, so used lime sparingly. Plate looked pretty but we still don’t care for sweet fish. It was too much patchkeeing. Plain broiled or grilled salmon or baked with a few vegs, works for us. Will try the spice rub on something else.

    3. avatar says: Boni

      My husband does not usually like salmon dishes but this dish was a winner. A few minor changes. I found the sauce too sweet so I added the juice of a lemon to the sauce before pouring over the salmon. I also added a little more cayenne pepper to increase the kick. Finally when plating the dish I finished the fish with a sprinkle of Trader Joes Pyramid Finishing Salt. Enjoy it is worth the effort.

    4. avatar says: Monica

      We participate in a salmon share, and I am always looking for new salmon recipes. I used a thick piece of Coho salmon, and I had to cook it about ten extra minutes. This recipe has a perfect melding of flavors. It’s sweet but not too sweet. The topping sets off the spinach perfectly. A great, complete meal.

    5. avatar says: Amy

      I wanted to make this for my daughter who can’t raw nuts so the cooked walnuts seemed great… However This was too much of a patchke for a weeknight! I left out the cinnamon and nutmeg cuz I don’t like those spices. Pleasantly surprised- Final product was delish!!!

    6. We had this salmon dish for dinner tonight. We enjoyed it very much; I used pistachio nuts instead of walnuts and cooked the fish 5 minutes longer. I will definitely make this again.

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