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Recipe: Baked Salmon with Avocado-Dill Yogurt
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Salmon is a great staple to add to your weeknight dinner rotation, and for good reason — it's low in calories and fat, high in protein, and off the charts with omega-3s. If a grill's not available, baking is a great alternative. Baking the salmon at a high temperature helps to seal in the fish’s natural juices while keeping it tender.
Top your fish with a heaping spoonful of guilt-free, refreshing, and slightly tangy avocado-dill "crema" (that's just a fancy word for sauce). For a lighter version of this delicious, creamy topping, I use Greek yogurt instead of sour or heavy cream.
Recipe: Oven-Baked Salmon with Avocado-Dill Yogurt
What You'll Need:
1 medium avocado, diced (skin and pit removed)
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
1 clove garlic
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1-3 tablespoons water
Fresh ground pepper
4 6-oz salmon fillets
1 tablespoon olive oil
What to Do:
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- While the oven heats up, prepare the yogurt sauce. In a food processor or blender, combine the avocado, Greek yogurt, dill, garlic, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon water, salt, and pepper. Puree the mixture until smooth and creamy. If necessary, add more water one tablespoon at a time until it reaches the desired consistency. Set aside.
- Place fish, skin side down, on a foil-lined baking sheet. Season with fillets with salt and pepper and brush with olive oil (about 1 tablespoon total).
- Bake fish (without flipping) until just cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes, (depending on thickness). (Note: Thicker, center-cut fillets will take longer, while thinner fillets cut from the tail section will cook faster.)
- Once cooked, remove from oven and plate each fillet. Top with 1-2 tablespoons of the avocado-dill yogurt, and enjoy!