Wild Salmon with Lentils and Arugula

Vitamin D-rich foods, like salmon, tuna, egg yolks, and fortified dairy, play a key role in beating the winter blues.
Whole Living, December 2010
  • Yield Serves 4
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  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup green lentils
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cups baby arugula (1 1/2 oz.)
  • 4 6-oz. fillets wild salmon, skinless


  1. In a medium pot, bring onion, carrot, celery,
    bay leaf, and lentils to a boil. Reduce to a
    simmer and cook until lentils are tender, about
    25 minutes. Drain. Season with salt and pepper.
    Add olive oil and lemon juice. Stir in
    arugula and cover to keep warm. Meanwhile,
    heat oven to 375 degrees. Arrange fillets in a baking
    dish. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt
    and pepper. Cover with foil and bake until
    cooked through, about 16 to 18 minutes. Serve
    with lentils and squeeze with lemon juice.

Recipe Reviews

Reviews (13)

  • 1 Mar, 2011

    On the "intro" page (http://www.wholeliving.com/photogallery/action-plan-week-1-recipes#slide_6) it says "During the first week of detox, split each serving into two, or eat the salmon and lentils a few hours apart." To "split each serving into two", does that mean eat 1/2 serving of the whole recipe? Also, to "eat the salmon and lentils a few hours apart", does that mean eat the salmon and then eat the lentils later? This is very confusing!

  • 21 Jan, 2011

    I used two cups of faux chicken broth, brought to a simmer with the veggies and lentils, and it came out perfectly- no need to drain, I stirred in the arugula and it wilted down and was amazingly delicious. Also, I used red lentils.

  • 19 Jan, 2011

    This may be obvious, but are you supposed to simmer the lentils without water?

  • 9 Jan, 2011

    Use your calorie counter or go on line to get the full counts of everything.

  • 6 Jan, 2011

    Anybody have a guess as to calories on this dish? thanks!

  • 6 Jan, 2011

    Anybody have a guess as to calories on this dish? thanks!

  • 5 Jan, 2011

    I am vegetarian. How can I substitute Salmon with anything vegetarian with same benefits

  • 5 Jan, 2011

    Try using 2 cups of water. Do not drain. Also, you will need to cook the lentils longer, probably 40-45 minutes.

  • 4 Jan, 2011

    Ok so the amount of water is not listed. Thanks kabradle, I'm going to make this for lunch tomorrow.

  • 3 Jan, 2011

    I made this tonight for dinner, and it was really great! I'm so glad I started the 28-Day Challenge because I never would have made this otherwise!

  • 3 Jan, 2011

    I made this for dinner tonight, and it was great! I found pre-cooked lentils in the produce section of my grocery store, and that saved a little time since they just needed to be warmed. I'm so glad I signed up for the 28-Day Challenge, because I never would have made this otherwise!

  • 3 Jan, 2011

    I made this tonight and added 3.5 cups of water and that seemed to work. This was a tasty recipe!

  • 3 Jan, 2011

    Am I missing something? wouldn't this need water for cooking the lentils??