Honey Garlic Salmon Quinoa Bowl
This Honey Garlic Salmon and Quinoa Bowl is a flavorful and delicious, protein-packed meal. It’s filled with hearty quinoa, fresh corn, cherry tomatoes, and herbs. Tossed in a simple, white balsamic dressing and served with salmon seasoned with a honey garlic sauce, this easy dish is ready in just 30 minutes and full of flavor!
And just like that, it’s September!
I feel like a broken record, but this year really needs to stop going by so fast. Although, I am just the teeniest bit excited (ok, so that’s an understatement) about fall. The cooler weather, leaves changing colors, and all things apples and pumpkins! I may or may not have started testing fall recipes back in July to share with you soon…
But, before I get ahead of myself, it’s time to relish what’s left of summer and get excited for this salmon power bowl!
It’s no secret that I love seafood, though I feel like I’ve been slacking on sharing some of my favorite, tried and true recipes with you. The hubster and I especially love salmon, and we eat it at least once or twice a month. It’s fresh, healthier, and so easy to customize depending on your tastes.
So, it only seemed natural that I share one of my favorite, easy salmon dishes! Not only is this dish simple to make, but it uses fresh produce and is perfect for summer meals.
This Honey Garlic Salmon Quinoa Bowl is a flavorful and delicious, protein-packed meal. It’s filled with hearty quinoa, fresh corn, cherry tomatoes, and herbs. Tossed in a simple, white balsamic dressing and served with salmon seasoned with a honey garlic sauce, this easy dish is ready in just 30 minutes and full of flavor!
And since you’re all about the easy recipes, this salmon dish was definitely made for you! I mean, all of this deliciousness is ready in just 30 minutes…how can you not love that?
The salmon definitely makes this quinoa bowl extra delicious. I actually used the same sauce to coat the salmon as I did with this Baked Honey Garlic Chicken, which is also a 30-minute meal. It gives the salmon just the right amount of flavor, which pairs perfectly with the quinoa and veggies.
So grab that fresh produce, whip up the honey garlic sauce, and make this simple Honey Garlic Salmon Quinoa Bowl for an easy 30 minute meal!
Ingredients in Salmon and Quinoa Bowls
The ingredients list for this salmon quinoa bowl uses items you likely have on hand already:
- Salmon filets
- Olive oil
- Garlic powder
- Chicken broth
- Fresh corn
- Cherry tomatoes
- Red onion
- Fresh basil and oregano
- White balsamic vinegar
How to Make Salmon Quinoa Bowls
These salmon bowl come together quickly, and the quinoa can be prepped while the salmon bakes. So easy!
Place salmon on a parchment paper-lined baking tray.
In a small bowl, add honey, olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Lightly brush over salmon.
Bake until salmon flakes easily.
While salmon is baking, prepare the quinoa. In a medium pot, add quinoa and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, and then simmer until liquid is absorbed.
While quinoa is cooking, place corn into boiling water and boil for about 5 minutes.
Remove corn and submerge into cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside to cool for several minutes and then cut corn off cob and place into a large bowl.
Add cooked quinoa, tomatoes, red onion, basil and oregano in with the corn.
Add olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
Divide quinoa mixture into two bowls. Top with prepared salmon.
Can I Use Another Type of Fish?
I’ve only made this quinoa bowl with baked salmon, but I bet you could pair another flaky fish with it!
Can I Meal Prep These Bowls?
Definitely! The bowls can be prepped up to 3 days in advance and be eaten warm or cold. Just note that the tomatoes tend to soften in the fridge, so you may want to add those on the day you plan on eating the bowls.
Tips for Making Salmon Bowls
- I’ve mentioned it before, but I absolutely love using white balsamic vinegar in just about any salad that I make. It has a milder flavor than regular balsamic and is perfect for lighter dishes.
- I prefer using low-sodium chicken broth so I can control the amount of salt in this dish.
- You’ll know the salmon is done baking when it flakes easily with a fork. Be careful not to overcook or else it’ll be dry.
Looking for more 30-minute meals? I’ve got you covered!
- Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad
- BBQ Chicken Quesadilla
- Creamy Ground Beef Pasta
- Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas
- Lasagna Rolls
Honey Garlic Salmon and Quinoa Bowl
- 2 pieces fresh salmon
- ¼ cup honey
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt and pepper, , to taste
- 1 cup dry quinoa
- 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 3 ears corn on the cob
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes, , halved
- ½ red onion, , diced
- ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
- 2 sprigs fresh oregano, , leaves torn off
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
- Salt and pepper, , to taste
Make the salmon:
- Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly grease a medium baking pan with non-stick cooking spray or line with parchment paper. Place salmon in prepared pan. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, add honey, olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. Lightly brush over salmon, making sure to coat sides.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until salmon flakes easily.
- While salmon is baking, prepare quinoa. In a medium pot, add quinoa and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, and then simmer for 15 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed.
- While quinoa is cooking, place corn into boiling water and boil for about 5 minutes.
- Remove corn and submerge into cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside to cool for several minutes and then cut corn off cob and place into a large bowl. Add cooked quinoa, tomatoes, red onion, basil and oregano in with corn.
- Add olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
- Divide quinoa mixture into two bowls. Top with prepared salmon. Serve immediately.
This looks so delicious, Gayle! The honey garlic sauce sounds right up my alley 🙂
And I’m totally excited about fall as well, FINALLY the crazy hot days are going away!
Yay for fall and cooler weather! 🙂 Thanks for the salmon love, Nora!
I have a GREAT 30-minute Thursday idea. Come over and COOK MY DINNER. Seriously. I’m worn out, girlfriend!
If you can’t, I’ll just make this. Salmon is SO good with honey!
Haha I would totally do that if we lived closer to each other! Wishing you a relaxing weekend, friend!
School starts today! so I need all the 30 minute recipes I can get! love this Honey Garlic Salmon Quinoa Bowl!!!! so pretty!!!!
Thank you, Alice! Good luck on the first day of school with your girls! 🙂
Gayle, you don’t sound like a broken record! I totally hear ya!
Oh man, this looks scrumptious!! That honey garlic salmon on a bed of delicious quinoa? And a simple white balsamic dressing? Yes! You probably know, I love vinegar so this sounds fabulous to me! What an awesome job on that colour of the salmon! Your pics are just gorgeous. I wanna grab that right through my screen, lol :D. Pinning!
Have a great long weekend, girlie!
Thanks so much for the kind words, friend! I think you will LOVE white balsamic vinegar…it’s life changing! 🙂 I use it in practically all of my salads. Hope you have a great weekend too, Dawn!
This is one beautiful, colorful bowl! And I love that it’s so Summery. Even though I love Fall, I’m definitely not ready for it yet. So I’m trying to embrace tomatoes and corn for as long as possible!
I’m ready for fall, but not ready, so I’m with you…I will be lost without my farmer’s market soon! Thanks for the kind words, Liz!
Well I’ve found my lunch for tomorrow! I love this sweet and garlicy salmon glaze- looks delicious!
I don’t think you sound like a broken record at all! I think you just saying what we are all thinking and feeling. 😉 I LOVE y’alls 30 minute Thursday thang, and I always look forward to seeing what you guys come up with! LOVE this salmon and quinoa bowl, Gayle! Salmon is one of my favorites and I just love all the veggies with the quinoa in here! Plus that white balsamic dressing sounds fabulous! 30 minute PERFECTION, friend! Pinned of course! Cheers!
Thanks, Cheyanne! Salmon is my favorite, so I love pairing it with fresh ingredients!
Love salmon, love quinoa, and love when my meal is in a bowl! Of course, the 30-minute thing is pretty amazing, too!
I’m always looking for new ways to prepare salmon! Can’t wait to give this a try!
Thanks, Jessica! I think you would love this!
I can’t believe it’s September, and while I’m excited for fall I’m having trouble saying goodbye to tomatoes and corn! I love that you’ve incorporated them in this dish with that delicious salmon, which is one of our favorite things to eat around here. I love these flavors and I could eat this dish every day
Yes! I will be sad to see tomatoes and corn leave, too. Thanks for the kind words, Marcie!
I love your thirty minute Thursday dishes – and this one looks like delectable healthy perfection – and love that we get to use those (going fast!) summer veggies in with the salmon!
Thanks, Kate! I’m trying to use up all of that fresh summer produce while it lasts!
Salmon is one of my favourite things, it’s so easy to make and so tasty. This version looks just fantastic, I love all the veggies and that honey garlic sauce! Yum!
Thank you, Stacey! That honey garlic sauce is my favorite!
I’m so with you about it being Fall. I’m ready for the heat to go away. I want to pull my jeans out now. 🙂 This salmon quinoa bowl is right up my alley! I love honey with salmon and this looks delicious!
Gayle, you SO do not sound like a broken record. I mean, seriously, when did September happen? One second it was July and the next, boom: September. It’s like August just shot right past us! You know I love your 30 minute Thursday meals–honestly, can it get any easier? And the sound of this fluffy quinoa plus all those gorgeous veggies has my name all over it. Hope you have an awesome weekend, G! xoxo
Yes! August definitely shot right past us. Thanks for the kind words, Demeter! This is one of my favorite seafood dishes. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, too!
We LOVE honey garlic anything and that quinoa looks SO flavorful! Happy September Gayle!
I love when a dish makes my eyes as happy as my tastebuds! We’ve been eating a lot of quinoa lately and this recipe will fit perfectly in our quest for creative quinoa dishes! Thank you! Pinned!
Thanks, friend! I just can’t get enough of quinoa lately!
I’m always looking for new ways to make salmon and this bowl is absolutely calling my name! Totally wanna dive into this for breakfast right now!
Yum! I love quick and healthy meals so this one looks PERFECT! I especially love the summer flavors in here, and it’s so colorful! My in-laws are in Alaska salmon fishing right now, so I’ll have lots of it soon!
Yum! Fresh salmon is the best! Thanks, Jess!
All of the colours in this are amazing Gayle! We are always looking for new ways to cook salmon and I will be trying this next – it looks perfectly cooked too.
Thank you, Dannii! It’s one of my favorite way to make salmon!
Yay for 30 minute meals! This yummy bowl is perfect now that school started! Salmon is my favorite and I love the honey garlic combination!
just from introducing words i fall in love with this. looks delicious and powerful. also great combination of colors. thanks for your new way to cook salmon, Gayle.
This is my new favorite way to prepare salmon. Thanks for the kind words!
Hey Gayle, can you this bowl hot or cold? Lovely colours. It look so selfish!
Hi Nicky! I’ve only served this bowl with hot salmon, though I’m sure it would be delicious cold, too. Hope you enjoy it if you try it!
Amazing! Could not stop licking the extra honey garlic sauce out of the bowl
I’m so glad you liked this, Caitlin! Thanks so much for letting me know how it turned out!