I’m always surprised how well sauerkraut fits in a recipe. For something that has such a strong taste and smell, it always seems to easily mix with the ingredients and enhance the flavour. Adding it to the orange mint salsa makes it good for the gut by providing probiotics to go with the prebiotics in the orange, lime juice and onions. The gut health benefit is increased by the protein and EFAs in the salmon. And when served with brown rice and steamed vegetables, there’s even more prebiotic benefit. This is how easy it is to make the gut happy, and deliver a meal with many elements to enjoy.
1 1/2 tbsp olive or rice bran oil
Sea salt and pepper
1 tsp lime juice
2 4-oz fillet (preferably with skin)
Orange Mint Salsa
2 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp chopped white onion (about 1/2-inch pieces)
1/2 tsp red chili pepper flakes (optional)
3 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint
Juice of 2 limes (3 tbsp)
1 tsp raw honey
1/2 – 3/4 cup sauerkraut, drained and chopped
Sea salt and pepper to taste
To make the salsa: Put a small skillet or shallow saucepan on the stove on medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and onions and sauté until the onions are translucent. Add the red chili pepper flakes and stir. Meanwhile, peel the oranges and pull into wedges. Cut each wedge into four pieces. Add the orange pieces and mint. Heat through. Remove from the stove and add the lime juice, honey and sauerkraut and mixed well. Season with sea salt and pepper. Set aside until ready to serve.
To grill the salmon: Pre-heat the grill on medium-high heat. Mix the olive oil, lime juice and sea salt and pepper together. Brush the grill with some of the olive oil mixture. Put the salmon fillets onto the grill. Brush the top of each fillet with the olive oil mixture. Grill on each side for 3-4 minutes or until salmon easily flakes with a fork. Remove for the grill and serve with the orange mint salsa.
To complete the meal: Serve with 1 cup cooked brown rice and 2 cups steamed vegetables per serving. Use some of the salsa to mix in with the vegetables and rice and the rest goes on the salmon.
Note: If using a two-sided electric grill (has a top grill and a bottom grill), brush the salmon fillets with the olive oil mixture on both sides. Grill for 3-4 minutes. Salmon can also be baked in the oven in a dish at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until salmon flakes with a fork. Again, brush the salmon top and bottom with the olive oil mixture before putting the salmon in the oven.