Unless you are about to depart for the Virgin Islands, live in Hawaii, or earn your living as a snow truck driver, I highly recommend you shut down your Facebook feed. The current onslaught of warm-weather vacation photos being posted by extended acquaintances can be a little demoralizing. Dear wife of the guy (James? John?) who took me to freshman homecoming: I envy your tan. Also, we’ve never met. I could become bitter, but instead I’m fighting back and updating my status with a giant photo of today’s Pineapple Glazed Salmon with Avocado Salsa. It’s a beach vacation in every bite!
As I shared in my monthly newsletter, Ben and I responsibly resolved to resist the siren call of Mexico and save our vacation days for a longer trip this fall. It seemed like a smart decision at the time, though as I sit and type this with wool socks on my feet, a space heater inches from my torso, and a weather app telling me it’s a “feels like” of negative five outside right now, I can’t help but question our judgment.
Fortunately, for those of us in landlocked states near and far, enjoying a taste of the tropics doesn’t require a plane ticket or suntan lotion. Today’s recipe for Pineapple Glazed Salmon with Avocado Salsa is refreshing, simple to make, and bursting with beachy flavor.
The marinade for the salmon is a beautiful balance of sweet and savory: pineapple juice, soy sauce, and a little cayenne for kick. It also does double duty. Once the salmon has chilled in the marinade long enough for the flavors to become friendly and take hold, it’s reduced into a sweet, sticky sauce for brushing over the salmon as it bakes. The result is tender, flakey pineapple salmon with a gorgeous glaze and big-time tropical taste.
While the Pineapple Glazed Salmon is yummy on its own, a quick pineapple avocado salsa upgrades it to first-class. I kept the avocado salsa quick and easy by using diced canned pineapple, though if you don’t mind extra chopping, fresh pineapple would be fabulous too. Jalapeno and red onion give the pineapple salsa the right amount of bite, a squeeze of fresh lime juice makes it pop, and creamy, dreamy avocado rounds out the flavors.
The pineapple avocado salsa is good enough to eat on its own with chips. Combined with the Pineapple Glazed Salmon, however, it tricked my brain into believing that we really were in Mexico—at least until it came time to do dishes.
Maybe it was one too many bites of the Pineapple Glazed Salmon (or maybe it was the aforementioned “feels like” of negative five), but a few days ago, I lost my resolve to stay put in Wisconsin all winter and spontaneously booked Ben and myself a short trip to Charleston, South Carolina. Although I won’t be basking on a beach, I’m looking forward to leaving my puffy coat at home and taking advantage of the fresh oysters and southern hospitality. We leave soon, so if you have any recommendations, I’d love to hear them!
In the meantime, here’s my recommendation to you: ignore the temperature outside, put an umbrella in your drink, and make this Pineapple Glazed Salmon with Avocado Salsa. A little Beach Boys/Johnny Buffet background music will seal the mood. Whether it’s for a romantic date night affair (Psssst boys, Valentine’s Day is this weekend) or casual Tuesday night dinner, this Pineapple Glazed Salmon is the perfect way to escape the business of the week and take a vacation without leaving your kitchen.
A colorful, healthy recipe for salmon brushed with pineapple glaze. Fabulous on its own, and the pineapple avocado salsa puts it over the top!
Yield: Serves 2
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Serving Size: 1 fillet + 1/4 of salsa