oranges, salmon, greens, lentils in a bowl

Cara Cara Orange Salmon & Lentil Bowl

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This delicious Cara Cara orange salmon and lentil bowl is an awesome, healthy weeknight meal. You’re going to love how quick and easy it is to make. It’s ready in about 20 minutes and full of flavor. 

oranges, salmon, greens, lentils in a bowl

What are Cara Cara oranges?

Have you ever tried Cara Cara oranges? They are absolutely delightful! They’ve got a gorgeous internal color (pinkish-orange) and they’re sweeter and less acidic than a typical navel orange. Cara Cara oranges have the same external color and shape as navel oranges – most are grown in California and they’re at their peak between December and April.

I also use Cara Cara oranges in this delicious panzanella recipe.


Why You’ll Love this Salmon Recipe

The orange-glazed salmon pairs so well with the creamy lentils and the bright green flavors of the chard. I think you’ll love how fresh and healthy this dinner is. One of the best things about this dish is how hearty it is – the lentils make it incredibly filling. They’re slow carbs – so while they satiate, they don’t lead to a sugar crash. 


Ingredients for this Orange Glazed Salmon Bowl

To make this easy salmon recipe, you’ll need:

  • 2 (4 to 6 ounce) salmon fillets
  • 3 Cara Cara oranges
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 bunch Swiss or rainbow chard
  • 2 cups cooked brown or green lentils
  • pinch of salt & pepper
  • optional topping – microgreens

How to Make An Orange Salmon Bowl

This recipe is ready in less than 25 minutes (seriously!). Here’s how to make it:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Combine the juice of one Cara Cara orange, brown sugar, pinch of salt and pepper in a bowl and whisk to combine.
  • Pat the salmon fillets dry. Drizzle half the orange juice mixture over the fillets, reserving the rest for later.
  • Roast salmon for 6 to 8 minutes or until it easily flakes with a fork or reads 145 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet and cook the chard until wilted. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Slice the remaining oranges into rounds. Place half the oranges, chard, lentils, and a salmon fillet on each plate. Drizzle with remaining orange juice. Serve immediately!

Yield: 2 servings

Orange Salmon and Lentils

oranges, salmon, greens, lentils in a bowl

This Cara Cara orange salmon and lentil bowl is a delicious, healthy, and easy meal!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 (4 to 6 ounce) salmon fillets
  • 3 Cara Cara oranges
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 bunch Swiss or rainbow chard
  • 2 cups cooked brown or green lentils*
  • pinch of salt & pepper
  • optional topping - microgreens

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Combine the juice of one Cara Cara orange, brown sugar, pinch of salt and pepper in a bowl and whisk to combine.
  3. Pat the salmon fillets dry. Drizzle half the orange juice mixture over the fillets, reserving the rest for later.
  4. Roast salmon for 6 to 8 minutes or until it easily flakes with a fork or reads 145 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer.
  5. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet and cook the chard until wilted. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  6. Slice the remaining oranges into rounds. Place half the oranges, chard, lentils, and a salmon fillet on each plate. Drizzle with remaining orange juice and serve immediately.

Notes

*I used Melissa's steamed lentils for this recipe. I recommend this recipe for homemade lentils as well.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 604Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 304mgCarbohydrates: 81gFiber: 22gSugar: 33gProtein: 36g
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