Welcome Spring with Maple-Balsamic Salmon Fillets and Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad #WhatsCooking

The ground is covered in snow and the wind is icy cold, but spring is here and I am going to enjoy it one way or another! One of my favourite things about spring is the food and fortunately, I don’t need to wait for sunshine and warm weather to indulge in fresh spring flavours…even if I can’t head outside to barbeque just yet!

Asparagus, rhubarb and spinach are just a few of the classic spring foods but my personal favourite spring flavour is maple syrup! Since trees are traditionally tapped right around the beginning of March, early spring is the time when many families indulge in their favourite maple recipes. And luckily for me, the Kraft What’s Cooking website had plenty of tasty ideas using this delicious Canadian concoction!

kraft maple-balsamic salmon fillets

What I love about maple syrup is that even though it is sweet, it adds amazing flavour and complexity to savoury dishes. And since I was in the mood for fresh spring flavours, I decided to create the ultimate spring feast: Maple-Balsamic Salmon Fillets with Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad!

Maple-Balsamic Salmon Fillets
 
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A tasty glazed salmon fillet with sweet maple perfect for a spring main course
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3 Tbsp. Kraft Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 4-1/2 tsp. creamy Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 4 skinless salmon fillet s (1 lb./450 g)
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients except fish. Reserve ¼ cup dressing mixture; pour remaining over fish in shallow dish. Turn to evenly coat both sides of each fillet. Refrigerate fish, along with reserved dressing mixture, 30 min. to marinate.
  2. Heat oven to 450°F. Remove fish from marinade; discard marinade. Place fish in single layer in shallow foil-lined pan.
  3. Bake 8 to 10 min. or until fish flakes easily with fork. Meanwhile, bring reserved dressing mixture to boil in saucepan; simmer on medium-low heat 2 to 3 min. or until slightly thickened, stirring frequently.
  4. Serve fish topped with sauce.

 
The sweet and tangy glaze was the perfect accompaniment to the fresh, meaty salmon fillets. In fact, I was a little surprised at how well the sweetness of the maple syrup shone through in this delicious glaze. I substituted classic creamy Dijon mustard for the grainy variety as I really wanted the glaze to be rich and smooth. I also used classic Kraft Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing instead of the Kraft Extra Virgin Olive Oil Fig Balsamic Dressing variety that was recommended so that the sweetness of the maple would be highlighted instead of having to compete with the sweetness of the fig.

strawberry and goat cheese salad

But while the fish was delicious, the Strawberry and Goat Cheese Salad was even better. I loved the way it used the classic maple walnut combination to add sweetness and crunch to the fresh spring ingredients of spinach and strawberry. Since I was using the Kraft Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing for the fish, I used it for the salad as well to tie the meal together. The sweetness of candied walnuts and strawberries combined with the tanginess of the goat cheese and dressing resulted in a salad that even my picky boys adored!

maple salmon and strawberry salad

No matter what your favourite spring flavours are, the Kraft What’s Cooking website has easy and delicious meal options that will have you feeling warmer even if your yard is still covered in snow. Celebrate the return of spring with this tasty spring-themed meal or one of your own and cross your fingers for warmer days soon!

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Comments

  1. Im not a big seafood fan, but the salad looks amazing !

  2. Heidi C. says:

    I love salmon. this sounds delicious!

  3. Lynda Cook says:

    This is the perfect healthy dinner and it looks so good I can almost smell it

  4. Anne Taylor says:

    This sounds like a meal I’d like to eat outside during the summer! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Shannon Gnocato says:

    Sounds delish! My husband is a huge salmon fan – I will have to try this one out.

  6. Unfortunately I don’t like fish or maple flavour, Looks good though.

  7. Treen Goodwin says:

    Sounds awesome , i love salmon ! thanks for sharing a must try :)

  8. Love maple & balsamic. never thought of combining the 2 of them.

  9. oh my god, seriously, this looks so good!! I love salmon, and I love salad with strawberries and goat cheese!!

  10. angela m says:

    This looks delicious and very healthy. Thanks for the recipes.

  11. Chandra Christine O'Connor says:

    looks good, I have salmon in the freezer good recipe to try.

  12. Kate Niven says:

    Usually I like just maple syrup on my salmon, I think I will try it with this recipe next time.

  13. Thanks for the recipe. Really looking forward to trying the salad!

  14. kristen visser says:

    oh wow!! thanks for the awesome recipe. I need to start eating more fish so i will definitely try this

  15. I absolutely love salmon. This sounds extra delicious.

  16. Vivian D. says:

    interesting combinations, I will have to try it out

  17. JoAnne Pfoh says:

    showed this to my son.. he ran away screaming lol but the salad looks awesome ty for posting

  18. looks like a wholesome meal for the family

  19. kathy downey says:

    this salad looks so good

  20. Sounds delicious!

  21. That looks like a nice salmon recipe, only problem, I don’t live near the coast anymore and salmon just does not taste the same when you have had fresh ocean salmon.

  22. Maggie C says:

    healthy and delish!! I love salmon!

  23. Victoria Ess says:

    This looks like a great, healthy dinner! Thanks for the idea on how to cook salmon!

  24. thanks for sharing; I am sure Maple Syrup would add so much to the salmon

  25. Florence C says:

    The recipes look delicious. I love food especially seafood.

  26. I’m not a huge fan of salmon, but have found maple syrup with salmon to be really good!

  27. Looks great, seafood is always our fave.

  28. nikki robak says:

    this sounds so yummy my dad loves salmon I will give to him to try

  29. sarah sar says:

    I love everything about this recipe……you nearly had me licking the screen. :P

  30. Christina Ferguson says:

    We are gifted quite a lot of salmon in the summer and I am always looking for new recipes. I haven’t tried a Maple-Balsamic combination yet so I am looking forward to trying it. Thanks so much for the recipe. Salad looks and sounds fabulous too

  31. Debbie W says:

    I’m in for the salad, but sorry, no to the salmon. Not a fan for some reason.

  32. Jennifer P. says:

    Oh my gosh, the whole meal sounds delicious, thanks for posting! We’re on the West Coast, so definitely salmon lovers! Will use maple syrup sent from my husband’s family farm in Quebec and it will be extra delicious!! :-)

  33. Clifford says:

    The plate of food looks really good, I am a recent convert to eating salmon and I must admit that it’s quite tasty…love when we bake it with a maple syrup.. also the salad in your posting is right up my alley, love spinach salads.

  34. Robyn B. says:

    My family loves salmon, I am definitely going to try this.

  35. If you like fish, this looks like a great recipe

  36. Viv Sluys says:

    Mmmm, I’m always looking for new salmon recipes! My whole family loves fish!

  37. looks delicious!

  38. Cheryl Grandy says:

    I hadn’t thought of using a maple glaze with salmon. It looks good. (And so does the salad)! Thanks for the recipes.

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