This recipe creation was sponsored by Dole Packaged Foods.
This Jerk Salmon starts with a sweet, spicy and flavorful Caribbean marinade then it is topped with a fresh citrus hinted pineapple salsa. It combines combines aromatic spices, nutrient-rich fish fatty acids and a delicious tropical fruit salsa to create an easy and zesty weeknight dinner. This nutritious and bright dish will be your next go-to family meal! If you love all things jerk, try this Jerk Chicken, Jerk Salmon Burgers, Jerk Shrimp Tacos and Mango Jerk Wings!
The Perfect Weeknight Meal: Jerk Salmon with Pineapple Salsa
As I shared with you recently, I’m in the middle of making a big move from Chicago to Dallas which is taking as long as humanly possible. It may not even be totally complete until the end of the year. There are boxes everywhere, suitcases half-packed and Harmony’s birthday gifts scattered across the floor. No amount of organizing or planning can manage this disaster, trust me. Between that and my hectic work and travel schedule, I am in a constant state of chaos.
The consequence of all this craziness is the lack of homemade yet healthy meals in my temporary home these days. More often than not, takeout boxes litter my kitchen table.
This week however, I’ve vowed to do better, and I’m starting with this recipe. This simple Jerk Salmon with Pineapple Salsa made with Dole® Fridge Packs is the successful result of a what’s-in-my-fridge compilation. You’re in for a treat today!
Using Dole Fridge Packs in Weeknight Meals
Since becoming a mama, my kitchen has been overtaken by snacks. Between a full-time workday and toddler on the move, it’s essential to always be equipped. A hungry toddler (or Mama) is not fun.
Lately, I’ve been keeping my fridge stocked with Dole’s newest Fridge Packs. Each pack features all-natural fruit packed in fruit juice so I feel so good about feeding this to my family. It is also gluten-free, rich in Vitamin C, and non-GMO. Even the packaging is BPA free! Not only are these fruit packs an easy, nutritious snack choice, but they’re perfect for spicing up a weeknight meal.
From stir-fry’s and decadent desserts to this tropical fruit salsa I added to my Jerk Salmon, Dole Fridge Packs are the perfect way to put those mommy snacks to work! You can find them right in your canned aisle at your local grocery store.
Homemade Jerk Seasoning
This recipe begins with an amazing Jerk seasoning that kicks up amazing flavor. If there’s one thing I strongly believe, it’s that everyone should have Jerk Seasoning in their cupboard. Jerk is a combination of sweet, tropical spices and one or two savory herbs coupled with a pleasant heat. This simple, unique blend can take any protein or vegetable and turn it into a complex, decadent treat.
To make this quick dinner even quicker, make a batch of this Jerk Seasoning and store it in the spice drawer. You’ll thank me later!
How to Make Jerk Salmon
Simple weeknight dinners are a must in my house; this recipe is one I know I can pull off in less than 20 minutes. Basically, a blink of an eye. The result is a nutritious and flavorful dinner that pleases the whole family!
Here are the ingredients that make the magic happen:
If you’re looking to pack more nutrients into your daily diet, salmon is the way to go.
I created a jerk spiced glaze that brings out the amazing flavor of the salmon. With key ingredients and additions like brown sugar, honey, lime juice and olive oil, it creates a paste consistency that not only seeps into the fish making it more flavorful but also coats and sticks to the fish caramelizing it as it bakes.
How to Make Pineapple Salsa Easy!
This recipe couldn’t be easier and is a wonderful compliment to the jerk salmon. It tastes incredibly tropical and fresh. I used the following key ingredients:
Dole Fridge Pack Mixed Fruit
Dole Fridge Packs are the hidden gem in every mom’s tool belt. Each pack includes peaches, pears and pineapples, just waiting to be utilized.
The addition of fruit in our salsa balances out the heat by layering in sweetness. Winning!
Tip: I used the Mixed Fruit variety here to really vary up the textures, but you can also just use the Pineapple Chunks variety if that is your preference.
Peppers, Onions, Tomatoes & Cilantro
Where would a salsa be without these warriors? Peppers add heat, onions make for a slightly bitter bite, tomatoes balance out texture and cilantro keeps things light and fresh. Together, these ingredients make for refreshing, tasty salsa that goes on just about everything.
Citrus is the key to brightening up any salsa. A few squeezes of lime creates a tangy, fresh and lively mixture. Lime juice also prevents your perishable ingredients from oxidizing too quickly.
What Sides Do I Serve with Jerk Salmon?
Turn this salmon into a complete meal by tossing together a wonderful complimentary side dish!
Here a few of Grandbaby Cakes’ BEST sides:
Jerk Salmon with Pineapple Salsa
For the Salmon
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 4 tsp lime juice
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp allspice
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp thyme
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 4 salmon fillets 6 ounces each
For the Salsa
- 1 cup Dole Fridge Pack Mixed Fruit (or Pineapple)
- 1/2 red bell pepper finely chopped
- 1/4 cup freshly diced tomatoes
- 1/2 red onion finely diced
- 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
- 1 small jalapeno stemmed, seeds removed
- 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
- Salt to taste
For the Salmon
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Whisk together brown sugar, honey, allspice, cumin, lime juice, salt, thyme, cayenne, paprika, garlic powder, and cinnamon until well combined.
- Add salmon to a non-stick foil lined baking sheet greased sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Spread the jerk sauce on the tops of each of the salmon.
- Bake for 14-18 minutes or until salmon is done to your preference.
For the Salsa
- In a medium bowl, combine the pineapple, bell pepper, onion, cilantro, jalapeno and lime juice. Stir well until combined. Season to taste then serve over salmon.