Seared Salmon & Veggieful Lentils

Crispy, oven-baked salmon atop a mound of flavorful lentils cooked in vegetable stock for a light, veggie-rich meal!

Seared Salmon with Veggieful Lentils

I received free samples of Progresso Cooking Stock mentioned in this post at no cost. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Progresso Cooking Stock and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

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Seeing as 2016 has been declared the “Year of the Pulses” it only seems appropriate to include them in my first recipe post of the year! Pulses include foods such as lentils, beans, peas, and chickpeas. High in fiber and plant-based proteins, pulses are nutritious and affordable, making them a great addition to any diet. Lentils are simple to prepare, and when cooked in a flavorful stock like in this recipe, you can easily add them as a side or toss in extra veggies for a heartier dish.

I decided to show some love for turnips in this dish….because turnips just don’t get enough love! If you haven’t tried turnips because you didn’t know what the heck to do with them, this is a great way to introduce them into your diet. They’re wonderful roasted and add a nice texture to these veggieful lentils. The turnip root is high in vitamin C, as are the carrots, and the kale provides vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, and copper. Salmon, of course, is high in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B12, but did you know that wild salmon is an excellent source of vitamin D?

Seared Salmon & Veggieful Lentils

Yield: 4


1 cup green lentils, rinsed and drained

32 fluid ounces Progresso Vegetable Stock

2 medium carrots, diced 1/2"

1 medium turnip, diced 1/2"

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

salt and pepper, to taste

garlic powder, to taste

2 cups chopped kale

4-5 ounce fresh salmon fillets, skin removed

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a small saucepan, combine lentils and vegetable stock and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer, loosely covered with a lid, for 25-30 minutes. All cooking liquid should be absorbed.
2. While lentils are cooking, place diced carrots and turnips on a baking sheet in a single layer and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Toss to coat. Roast in oven for 15 minutes, or until tender, tossing with a spatula halfway through cooking time. Leave oven on to cook salmon.
3. Mix the carrots, turnips, and kale into the cooked lentils and cover with lid until ready to serve.
4. Remove salmon from refrigerator and rub each side with remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
5. Heat a large oven-proof skillet over high heat for 2 minutes. Carefully add salmon fillets and cook over medium heat for 2 minutes without moving them. Using tongs, turn the salmon and allow to cook for 2 minutes. Place skillet in oven and finish cooking through, about 5 minutes.
6. Divide lentils among four plates and top each mound with a salmon fillet.

Seared Salmon with Veggieful Lentils

Save time during the week by preparing the lentils and roasted turnips and carrots on the weekend and then reheat when ready to serve with the seared salmon. Dinner will be on the table in less than 10 minutes!

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Seared Salmon & Veggieful Lentils


  1. nutritionadventures says

    Maybe this will be the year you come to love them πŸ™‚ Thanks for the comment!

  2. says

    Who knew it’s the year of pulses? I actually totally forgot that was another name for legumes… I had to google…. ha ha This looks delicious, I love me some Salmon but I’m always hit or miss on lentils/beans in general (maybe thats why I don’t know what they are called) I guess it will be the year of me incorporating it!

  3. nutritionadventures says

    Thanks, Elizabeth! Hopefully you’ll enjoy salmon the next time you try it, but I’m sure other fish would work well too!

  4. says

    You are on this girl! What a wonderful recipe- I seriously need to get over my issue with salmon and try it again. Raising a glass to finding the inspiration from you ladies to do so!

  5. nutritionadventures says

    This was the first time I’ve tried them together but they’re perfect for each other! Thanks for the comment, Jessica.

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