Loaded Mediterranean Salmon
This Loaded Mediterranean Salmon is a meal that dazzles the eye, tickles the tastebuds, and would wow any guest, regardless of the fact that it’s full of thyroid-loving nutrition.
As a former Alaskan, I’ve collected some dynamite recipes for salmon over the years, and this is one of my favorites. Topped with fresh fennel, tomatoes, capers, kalamatas, dairy-free pesto, and artichoke hearts, it’s like a protein and a vegetable side rolled into one.
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This Loaded Mediterranean Salmon pairs nicely with green beans, or roasted beets. A fluffy bed of basmati rice, cauliflower rice or this Parsnip Sage Risotto will make the most of all those succulent juices this dish creates.
This recipe makes use of my Dairy-Free Lemon Basil Pesto, but feel free to use your favorite DF pesto recipe.
One of the things I love most about this recipe is that it’s ideal for entertaining. The prep time is only 20 minutes and it can be made several hours ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to cook. When guests arrive, simply pop it in the oven for 20 minutes.
Feel free to leave it covered for a few minutes after you pull it out of the oven and while everyone settles in to dine. There’s a fun presentation moment when you lift the lid revealing all those colors and flavors, and a steamy cloud of delicious aromas escapes from the cooking vessel. Everyone appreciates a spoonful of the succulent juices drizzled over the top of everything.
- Wild salmon is one of the best natural food sources of iodine, which is essential to the production of thyroid hormone. Additionally, the Omega-3 fats found in wild salmon can help combat inflammation.
- Fennel is a very good source of vitamin C and dietary fiber, the latter of which can alleviate constipation. It is used medicinally as a digestive aid for issues such as heartburn, gas, and bloating.
- Tomatoes are a good source of key thyroid nutrients like vitamin A, Iron, and fiber. They are a very good source of vitamin C. A study recently shared in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism stated, “In patients with hypothyroidism and gastrointestinal pathology, vitamin C improves the abnormalities in serum free T4, T3, and TSH concentrations.”
- Artichokes are an excellent detoxifier of the liver and gallbladder. Artichokes promote bile flow, reduce triglycerides, bring blood to the liver, and support regeneration.