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Honey Dijon Almond Crusted Salmon + Honey Dijon Dressed Arugula Salad

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This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.honey dijon salmon blue diamond 4 graphicA year ago, I never would have thought I would be eating salmon, much less loving salmon.  Now I cannot get enough of it.

honey dijon salmon blue diamond 6Though fresh salmon can be on the pricey side (um, $7.99 per filet is rough on my credit card), I try to treat myself to a filet a couple of times per month.

I have found several seasoning combinations that I love, but I am continually on the lookout for new and creative ways to make my salmon taste extra delicious.

honey dijon salmon blue diamond 5When Blue Diamond sent me their Honey Dijon almonds, I knew I wanted to make something bold.  I wanted to make something unique, something flavorful, and something healthy.

What could be more bold, unique, flavorful, and healthy than seasoning salmon filets with honey Dijon almonds?  Not much.

And while the almond crusted salmon is delicious all on its own, I couldn’t leave you without a healthy side of greens.  Everything just looks and tastes better served alongside a fancy schmancy (but oh-so easy) arugula salad!

honey dijon salmon blue diamond 2This whole dish does look kind of fancy, doesn’t it?  Pretty please do not let that intimidate you.  While I honestly think this meal is something you could find on a restaurant menu or at a dinner party, it is one of the easiest dishes I have thrown together in the past several weeks.  If you can blend some almonds, whisk up a salad dressing, and work an oven…. well, my friends, you can impress the panties off of anyone that you make this for.  It is totally okay to impress yourself, too!

honey dijon salmon blue diamond 8Honey Dijon Almond Crusted Salmon + Honey Dijon Dressed Arugula Salad

Serves 2


1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 TB lemon juice
1 TB Dijon mustard
2 tsp honey
3/4 cup Bold Honey Dijon Blue Diamond almonds
2 6-ounce fresh skinless salmon filets (wild caught is preferable, but sustainably grown is fine too)
4 cups fresh arugula


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet.

2. Combine olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and honey in a small bowl or mason jar.  Whisk or shake (with a lid) until well-combined.  Place in the refrigerator until serving time.

3. Place almonds in a blender or food processor.  I used my mini food processor.  Pulse for 30 to 60 seconds, or until the almonds look like this:

honey dijon salmon blue diamond4. Coat one side of both filets with the ground almonds.  Carefully flip the filets and place them on the baking sheet.  Coat the second side with the remaining ground almonds.  You can also coat the edges of each filet, if you wish.

5. Bake the salmon filets for approximately 20 minutes, or until they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.

6. Plate the salmon filets alongside a bed of arugula.  Top each salad with the honey Dijon dressing.

honey dijon salmon blue diamond 3I am obsessed with how delicious this entire meal turned out.  I am now also obsessed with the idea of coating fish with ground seasoned almonds.  While the honey Dijon flavor pairs perfectly with salmon, I cannot help but be excited to try some other flavor combinations.  I am sure the salt ‘n vinegar or Habanero BBQ flavors would be unreal.

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  • Alexis @ Hummusapien April 14, 2015, 6:29 am
    OMG. This sounds off the charts good!! Love how you used the almonds here....so unique!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 14, 2015, 8:35 am
      Thanks so much, Alexis, and thank you for sharing it! I mega appreciate it. Now I want to hoard allll of the almond flavors and make salmon every single day. Except that would be expensive....
  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies April 14, 2015, 6:51 am
    When I got these in the mail and popped the first couple in my mouth, I thought about how great they'd be with salmon! I don't really prepare fish at home much anymore, but it sounds soooo delicious! Especially paired with some perfectly dressed greens Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies recently posted...Chocolate Banana MilkMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 14, 2015, 8:35 am
      Great minds think a like!! I'd say you need to buy some one of these days and go for it. It literally could not be easier :)
  • FrugalChicken April 14, 2015, 7:50 am
    Great recipe! Going to try tonight! FrugalChicken recently posted...The Dairy Goat: How to Save a TON of Money + Recipe!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 14, 2015, 8:37 am
      Thank you! I hope you love it as much as I do :)
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine April 14, 2015, 8:02 am
    Crusting things in nuts...always fun! ;) Yum!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 14, 2015, 8:38 am
      ALWAYS!! It is amazing how much texture and flavor they give to your favorite protein source. I'm in love :)
  • Dana | fresh simple five April 14, 2015, 10:37 am
    Salmon is my one of my favorite fish to prepare at home because it is so versatile and can take on so many flavors. I've never used crushed almonds in my cooking, but this sounds delicious. A lot of flavor and a bit of crunch in each bite! Dana | fresh simple five recently posted...40 Day Vegetarian Challenge Wrap-UpMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 14, 2015, 11:20 am
      Exactly!! The flavor and texture were both spot on with this meal. You should definitely try out some flavored almonds from Blue Diamond next time you perpare salmon. It's my new favorite obsession ;) They also have some killer flavors, so I don't think I'll be getting bored with it anytime soon.
  • Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food April 14, 2015, 11:58 am
    Salmon is my favorite fish so I'm always looking at new ways to dress it up! I can't wait to try this! Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food recently posted...Where Is the Cumin?My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 14, 2015, 12:50 pm
      I cannot wait for you to make it, too!! If you love salmon then I am sure you will enjoy it :)
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul April 14, 2015, 12:32 pm
    Yum! While I'm sure I'd enjoy the chicken version of this more I really need to talk myself into preparing more fish! Erin @ Her Heartland Soul recently posted...A Show I’m Loving Lately: Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 14, 2015, 12:51 pm
      DO IT, Erin!! Make the salmon!! ;)
  • Olivia Schwab April 14, 2015, 12:33 pm
    This looks great! I love salmon and would love to try this recipe! Thanks for showing it to me! Olivia Schwab recently posted...Letter To My Younger SelfMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 14, 2015, 12:53 pm
      You are so welcome, Olivia! Let me know if you give it a try!
  • Jamie | Jamie's Recipes April 14, 2015, 12:42 pm
    This looks wonderful! I am not much of a salmon person but now I think I should give it another try. Jamie | Jamie's Recipes recently posted...Lemon Chicken Noodle SoupMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 14, 2015, 1:13 pm
      You definitely should! I promise that the flavored almonds make it taste extra delicious and crispy :)
  • Lily Lau April 14, 2015, 1:06 pm
    I've never tried salmon this way! Indeed I cook it too simple compared to yours, now I want to try it :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 14, 2015, 3:32 pm
      You definitely should! It is SUCH an easy way to flavor it, and it provides an awesome crispy texture!
  • Salima April 14, 2015, 1:39 pm
    Holy Honey Mustard! I just had a honey mustard KIND bar, and I was just thinking of how I can incorporate more of those flavors into my life. This recipe nailed it!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 14, 2015, 4:19 pm
      I have never tried the honey mustard KIND bar, but it sounds delicious! I'm glad you are a honey mustard fan, because you would LOVE this salmon. I hope you try it, Salima :)
  • Bree April 14, 2015, 2:15 pm
    Oh my god this looks incredible! I'm going to have to try this soon :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 14, 2015, 3:32 pm
      Thank you, Bree!! I hope you love it :)
  • Lora April 14, 2015, 2:49 pm
    YUM! This looks great! I make Dijon Salmon a lot but have never thought to add almonds! Totally following you on Pinterest now so I can see all your great recipe ideas! :D Lora recently posted...I’m A Rocksbox “It Girl!”My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 14, 2015, 4:19 pm
      That's so great, Lora! I'm glad you will be following along :) I hope you give this recipe a try. It will take Dijon salmon to a whole new level!
  • Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate April 14, 2015, 3:05 pm
    I have been putting Dijon mustard on nearly everything lately...I have to get my hands on those almonds. This recipe looks awesome!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 14, 2015, 3:33 pm
      They are awesome!! Who needs "breading" when you can use almonds? :D
  • Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks April 14, 2015, 3:45 pm
    What a great idea to use pre-seasoned almonds to put crust on a fish! Love it! Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks recently posted...How to Make Dried Fruit in the Oven + Third Cooking Resolution!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 14, 2015, 4:22 pm
      Thanks Dani! I love the fact that it literally only requires TWO ingredients. It's simplicity at its finest ;)
  • Mary April 14, 2015, 7:58 pm
    I love Blue diamond almonds so I'm always excited to see one of your recipes for almonds. This one is another winner!!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 14, 2015, 8:42 pm
      Thank you! You'll have to let me know which flavor varieties you try!
  • Ariana April 14, 2015, 9:21 pm
    What a delicious idea!! It does look super fancy - I could totally host a dinner party and make everything think I spent hours pouring over the kitchen preparing that. ;) Thanks for sharing! Ariana recently posted...Healthy Snack AttackMy Profile
  • Trisha April 17, 2015, 2:27 pm
    This sounds fab! I love peppery arugula too!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 17, 2015, 7:45 pm
      It is SO good! It's nice to have something a little different from the usual Romaine or spinach.

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