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Crispy Jamaican Jerk Salmon with Mango-Basil Vinaigrette

Fair warning to my vegetarian and vegan followers: you may want to put your eye muffs on for this entire post.

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What if I told you this is the best meal I’ve eaten in Idunnohowlong? Crispy spiced salmon with field greens and avocado, tied together with sweet mango-basil vinaigrette? A meal that takes no more than 30 minutes to prepare? I’m almost at a loss for words.

Almost.

Crispy salmon bits.

There, I said it

Ohhhhhhhhmommacita, I’m obsessed!

As you all know, I’m a big lover of sea dwellers, but what you may not know is I’m certifiably crazy over crispy salmon skin. The salmon skin hand roll at sushi restaurants? The best ever. The crispy fatty bits crunch like no other crispy morsel and melt in your mouth in fatty deliciousness. Fat: it does the body good.

Crispy Jamaican Jerk Salmon with Mango-Basil Vinaigrette | theroastedroot.net #healthy #dinner #recipe #paleo

My go-to trick for getting both the flesh and the skin of the salmon all crispified is by broiling it on high in the oven. Works like a charm each and every time! The fish turns out crispy around the outside and suuuuper moist and tender on the inside. PLUS, you don’t need to marinate it – all you need is a spice blend and some oil and BAM: dinner in 15 minutes.

Moving on to the mango-basil dressing.

I had a suuuuupah ripe mango in my refrigerator along with some basil that needed to be used up before it expired in like 10 seconds (you know how basil is…one minute it’s all perky and spry, the next moment it’s all flaccid and…nevermind).

I remembered Teighan’s post from last week, where she made a peanutty-chili-mango-basil hootenanny for her Very Berry Dream Salad so I used her dressing recipe as inspiration for my own mango-basil adventure. I omitted the peanut butter and the chili and made some more alterations (although I’m sure her exact recipe is amazing), and was left with this sweet, tropical, creamy dressing that wowed my face off. Like, I wanted to stick a straw in it and drink it like a smoothie, no.joke.whatsoever. I’ve been envisioning using it as a meat marinade or dressing for a grain salad or potato salad. Canyouimaginethepossibilities?

 Crispy Jamaican Jerk Salmon with Mango-Basil Vinaigrette | theroastedroot.net #healthy #dinner #recipe #paleo

Case in point: Crispy yet tender bites of salmon seventh heaven. Creamy dresmy tropical dressing of bliss. Meal of Poseidon. It’s time to feast!

The crispy fatty bits, though..

Crispy Jamaican Jerk Salmon with Mango-Basil Vinaigrette | theroastedroot.net #healthy #dinner #recipe #paleo

Crispy Jamaican Jerk Salmon with Mango-Basil Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Author: Julia
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Ingredients

Mango-Basil Vinaigrette:

For the Salad:

  • 5 ounces field greens chopped
  • ½ red bell pepper cut into matchsticks
  • 1 ripe but firm avocado peeled and sliced
  • ¼ red onion thinly sliced
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries

Jamaican Jerk Salmon:

  • 1 pound salmon fillet
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed or olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Jamaican Jerk spice * see note

Instructions

Prepare the Mango-Basil Vinaigrette:

  1. Add all ingredients for the vinaigrette except for the basil to a high-powered blender (I used my Magic Bullet). Blend until completely smooth. Transfer to a jar and stir in the chopped basil. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Prepare the Salad:

  1. Add all ingredients for the salad to a large serving bowl and toss together.

Perpare the Jamaican Jerk-Spiced Salmon:

  1. Place your oven on the high broil setting and move one of the racks to the top shelf.
  2. Place salmon fillet in a large casserole dish and drizzle with oil. Use your hands to be sure the whole fillet is evenly coated.
  3. Sprinkle the Jamaican jerk spice over the salmon fillet and very gently rub into the salmon to ensure the whole fillet is evenly coated in oil and spice.
  4. Place on the top shelf under the preheated broiler and broil for 10 to 15 minutes (depending on size of fillet. A fillet less than 1-inch thick should only take 10 to 12 minutes). Note: Keep the oven light on to ensure the salmon does not catch fire - while this has never happened to me, it is possible for food to ignite when it’s under the broiler.
  5. Remove salmon from oven and serve with salad and mango-basil vinaigrette.

Recipe Notes

*You can use store-bought Jamaican Jerk spice or you can make your own blend by following this recipe from Cooking Light

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Anne

Wednesday 20th of January 2021

Do you put in in the oven skin side down or up? TIA.

Julia

Thursday 21st of January 2021

Hi Anne! I do skin-side down the whole time. As an alternative, you can start skin-side down, then flip after 5 minutes and finish it off skin-side up. Hope you enjoy!

samantha steven

Tuesday 28th of August 2018

Amazing recipe!!! I really want to share it with my friends as the flavours are fantastic, and it tastes so indulgent! Salmon is really an integral part of my diet as i am diagnosed with hypothyroidism and it is considered to be Zinc-rich. Thanks for sharing.

Madalyn

Friday 17th of August 2018

This was the best salmon I’ve ever eaten, let alone made!! And the mango basil vinaigrette... TO DIE FOR!! The most perfect summer dish. I felt like I was back in Costa Rica so obviously I was in a really good place with dinner tonight!! ???

Julia

Monday 20th of August 2018

I'm so happy to hear it, Madalyn! Thanks so much for your sweet note! xo

Shelly

Monday 14th of May 2018

WARNING: Glass casserole dish may break in oven. Yep! That's what happened to mine. Oops!

Nora (A Clean Bake)

Wednesday 17th of June 2015

I can't even handle the degree to which this recipe is calling out my name!!

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