Homemade Salmon Quinoa Risotto Delight











Treat your taste buds to a sumptuous feast with our Salmon Quinoa Risotto. This dish combines the heart-healthy goodness of salmon with the nutty flavor of quinoa, making it a perfect meal for anyone looking for a gluten-free, dairy-free, and pescatarian-friendly option. Dive into a rich medley of flavors and textures that's not only satisfying but also packs a nutritional punch, all in under 45 minutes.


Step 1: Heat the Oil

Begin by warming 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Wait for the oil to shimmer until it's ready for the onions.
Pro Tip: Heating the oil until shimmering ensures proper sautéing of the onions.

Step 2: Sauté Onion and Toast Quinoa

Once the oil is heated, add the diced onion and sauté until transparent. This brings out the sweetness in the onion, setting a flavorful base for the risotto. After the onions turn transparent, stir in the quinoa to toast for about 2 minutes. Toasting quinoa is crucial as it imparts a nutty flavor to the dish.
Pro Tip: Toast quinoa until it slightly pops; it enhances the flavor.

Step 3: Gradually Add Vegetable Stock

Begin incorporating the vegetable stock by adding 1 cup to the quinoa and onion mixture. Stir constantly until the stock is fully absorbed before adding another cup. Repeat this process, adding the remainder of the stock in 1/2 cup intervals. This gradual addition and constant stirring are essential to achieving the creamy texture that risotto is known for.
Pro Tip: Adding stock gradually and stirring constantly yields a creamy texture.

Step 4: Prepare the Kale

While the quinoa is cooking, heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a sauté pan and add chopped garlic over medium-high heat. Once the garlic starts sizzling, add the kale and toss to combine with the garlic and oil, cooking until fragrant, about 2 minutes. The kale adds a beautiful green hue and a boost of nutrition to the dish.
Pro Tip: Ensure the kale is well coated with the garlic oil for enhanced flavor.

Step 5: Combine Ingredients

After the quinoa has absorbed all the stock and is fully cooked, remove it from the heat. Stir in the sautéed kale mixture along with the poached salmon, breaking the salmon into flakes as you combine it with the quinoa. The salmon adds a delicate, buttery texture and rich flavor to the dish, making it a hearty and satisfying meal.
Pro Tip: Flake the salmon gently to maintain its texture.

Step 6: Season and Serve

Finish the dish by seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. The seasoning brings out the flavors of the salmon, quinoa, and vegetables, rounding out this wholesome meal. Serve the risotto warm, garnished with a lemon wedge or extra herbs for an additional touch of freshness.
Pro Tip: Taste as you season to ensure the perfect balance of flavors.