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Shake up your seafood recipes with this succulent Strawberry Salsa Topped Salmon. Perfect for Lent or anytime you need a healthy, delicious entree!

A Heart Healthy Recipe featuring Salmon provides Omega 3 Fatty Acids, plus vitamins and fiber from the refreshing fruit salsa.

Strawberry Salsa Topped Salmon garnished with fresh strawberries on a white plate

Strawberry Salsa Topped Salmon

It was the last Friday in Lent. Nick was home from college for Easter weekend, and we needed a meatless meal for dinner. I was all pizza-ed out. He’s allergic to shrimp. That left salmon. But no ordinary salmon.

My Strawberry Salsa Topped Salmon would be a treat for the kid whose culinary repertoire was limited whatever can be cooked on his George Foreman grill. I’ll share his secret recipe: take meat, smother with seasoning salt, insert in grill and hope it’s not raw in the center when it’s charred on the outside. Does this sound familiar to you all with college-aged boys?

Overhead view of Strawberry Salsa Topped Salmon on a white plate with a red handled fork

Heart-Healthy Salmon Recipe

Nick may grill salmon on occasion, but I have a feeling there is no special garnish. Fruit salsas are marvelous toppings for seafood. They balance the savory, dense salmon with a sweet blend of refreshing fruit.

I’ve used mango and peach versions, but in the spring, I tend to gravitate towards those fragrant, ripe strawberries.

To make the salsa, dice up the berries with pineapple, kiwi, red bell pepper, toss with champagne vinegar, a few crushed red pepper flakes for some heat and a bit of fresh cilantro. Such a heavenly combination. I’d be happy with a double batch and a bag of tortilla chips, but it’s also magnificent over this Asian inspired roasted salmon.

Cook your salmon to medium or medium-rare. The center can still be slightly translucent. Cooking it to well done is an option, of course, if that’s your preference. But the salmon can easily dry out if cooked too long. Use an instant read thermometer for the best results.

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Strawberry Salsa Topped Salmon

Asian inspired salmon topped with a fruit salsa featuring strawberries!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Yield 4 servings


  • 4 8-ounce salmon fillets

For the marinade:

  • 1/2 cup canola/vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sliced scallions
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

For the salsa:

  • 1/2 cup finely diced pineapple
  • 1/2 cup finely diced strawberries
  • 1 finely diced kiwi
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 red bell pepper finely diced
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon champagne vinegar
  • 1-2 teaspoons minced cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons sugar


  1. Whisk together marinade ingredients and pour over salmon. Marinate 4-6 hours, flipping once. To make salsa, mix ingredients and chill for at least an hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 450º. Place marinated salmon on a grill pan or other baking dish. Cook for abut 14 minutes or till cooked to your desired doneness. Serve with salsa.


Total time does not include marinating time.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 851Total Fat: 57gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 45gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 1023mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 2gSugar: 27gProtein: 52g

All of the marinade is included in the calorie count. Only a small portion will be absorbed into the salmon.


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Skinny Tip

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Tip #6: Eat slowly. Savor every bite. This allows your brain some time to get the “I’m full” message from your digestive system.

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39 comments on “Strawberry Salsa Topped Salmon”

  1. I’ve never had salmon with fruits before! That’s very tempting idea, especially thinking my kids. We eat salmon often but I have to say it’s more salty side. This salsa sounds very refreshing and I love it!
    I’m loving the skinny tip! I think I started to eat fast when my kids were born… probably typical. Then even after kids are much older, I noticed my habit hasn’t changed back! Definitely need to work on that.

  2. Salmon with fruit? It really doesn’t sound like it would work. I had a sushi roll with fruit in it once and it was mediocre but I’m guessing this would work better.

  3. Now this is really tempting. I’ve never had salmon with fruit salsa.but will definitely try it and let you know. Do you think that trout would work as well?

  4. I should try this salmon πŸ™‚ the marinade sounds so yummy!

  5. I love Salsa’s that have fruit in them! This dish is beautiful!

  6. This looks so amazing! Love the salsa! I will be trying it sometime soon! πŸ™‚

  7. To complete it though I need to take have one big plate

  8. How could I say no to 2 favourite S’s – strawberry and salmon? I love this dish, Liz!!!

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  9. Wow! These are off the hook! You are truly a flavor genius! That strawberry salsa is inspired! Luck, luck Nick!

  10. I love fruit salsas! Peach is probably my favorite, but strawberry is sooo close. Your looks terrific — thanks.

  11. My son is a big salmon fan and I’m always searching for new ways to serve it for him. This is it! Strawberries are in full peak here in San Diego, and this salsa will be up on our menu this week. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  12. Fruit salsas are awesome and this is a great one with strawberries. A great pairing with salmon (or chicken or pork). OK I need to dust off my George Foreman grill, it can be a good thing πŸ˜‰

  13. I adore fruit salsas. This one is definitely calling my name.

  14. These colors are just to die for! I love vibrant colors and flavors!

  15. I love fruit salsas in the summer, what a lovely topping for salmon!

  16. This looks just amazing, all drippy and sweet, I wanna take bite now!

  17. I’ve never seen salmon and strawberries together but it’s beautiful on that plate!

  18. Very pretty! I’d love some of the salsa with chips:@)

  19. I definitely need to make this recipe. I have to incorporate more fruits and veggies in my diet, and this is a perfect way to do just that! Your recipe looks so beautiful and delicious, Hugs, Terra

  20. I love this! It’s gorgeous Liz and so full of colour. What a perfect dish to enjoy during Lent. I love the sound of the champagne vinegar in the salsa xx

  21. I had salmon with pineapple salsa before, but never thought of pairing it with strawberries…have to try it next time. It looks beautiful and appetizing.

  22. Never think about putting fruit in sauce…Thanks, Liz! Another great inspiration!

    ela h.

  23. Not sure I could slowly savor every bite of your salmon dish, Liz…You might just find me devouring the lovely fish and strawberry salsa! Tee hee.

    P.s. Thanks for the reminder to use champagne vinegar =)

  24. The sourish tang from the salsa will make the salmon very appetizing I bet.

  25. What an interesting combination of flavors – I love Asian flavors mixed with sweet, so this is intriguing. Unfortunately, I don’t care for fish most of the time, but this would be great on chicken using the same flavor profile – definitely going to give it a try!

  26. Love this recipe! and the best part is that it is good for me!

  27. What a wonderful way to serve salmon! (And I’ve got a shellfish allergy in my house, too.)

  28. Oh my goodness Liz I love the fruit salsa! Delish! Pinning for later.

  29. Looks delish. Great strawberry salsa πŸ˜‰

  30. haha…boys πŸ˜› I’m not usually much of a fan of fruit in dishes (because I like fruits by themselves, so with anything else other than desserts it seems kinda weird haha), but this actually sounds really good!! It looks so refreshing! πŸ™‚

  31. I have never tried a fruit salsa with salmon before, you certainly have me intrigued. Next time I have salmon I shall definitely give it a go. It sure does look beautiful and very colourful πŸ™‚

  32. Liz this looks great! I don’t ever recall you posting a salmon recipe. This is perfect for summer. Great recipe!

  33. Salmon and fruit salsas are a match made in heaven! Love :))

  34. I’ve done salsas with salmon and a variety of other sea critters… but, oddly enough, never with strawberries. I can see how that would be an excellent pairing!

    Another thing on my friday “to try” list!

  35. What a gorgeous summer dinner, Liz! I love salmon and it must be amazing with strawberry salsa!

  36. Nice…I love fruit salsas!

  37. Love how pretty this dish looks Liz! I love salmon and topping it with fruit salsa sounds incredible!

  38. Very different and very pretty dish!

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