Salmon Provencal with Zucchini & Olives & Pinot Noir

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Salmon Provençal with Tomatoes

Simple, clean, classic is the best way to describe this dish. Timeless Provencal-style dishes is considered the best of the Mediterranean. Served alongside zucchini, grape tomatoes, red onion, and briny Kalamata olives. The tasty salmon pan-roasted and squeeze of lemon and a few basil leaves.

Salmon Provençal with Tomatoes

What is this dish based on?

The Mediterranean diet has a long history of being  one of the healthiest diets. The history and tradition of the Mediterranean diet come from the historic eating and social traditions of the southern regions around Italy, Greece, Turkey and Spain.

Many people consider the Mediterranean diet a way of life. For thousands of years people living along the Mediterranean coast have indulged in a high-fiber diet. That include fruits vegetables, and including quality fats and proteins in small doses. This dish is ideal for the traditional food pyramid and a Mediterranean diet food pyramid they would look very similar.

Salmon Provençal with Tomatoes

Wine pairing

Pinot Noir and Freshwater Fish: Conventional wisdom is red wine with fish is a non starter, but that’s not always the case. Red wines have high tannin that makes the bites of fish taste like metal. Some red wines can be paired with specific types of fish, and actually strengthen the tastes from both the wine and the fish.

One red wine Pinot Noir has that ability. Pinot Noir is a light bodied red wine that is not as strong as many other varieties of red wine. Its lower amounts of tannins contribute to the idea that you can pair it with lighter foods such as seafood. The unique properties of Pinot Noir can be paired with almost anything. For fish, it’s best to go with a freshwater fish like salmon or trout that has dense, meaty flesh. Additionally, your fish dish should be on the heavy side served with a thick tomato or cream based sauce for maximum effect. With the right fish, the more complex flavors of a good Pinot Noir can be brought out mimicking the flavors of vanilla, clove, licorice and caramel.


Before you start cooking this meal here are some Tips about cooking Salmon that will take your meal to the next level.

Make sure you do not season the fish too soon before cooking. Seasoning the fish with salt and pepper before cooking will add some great flavor, but it’s also important not to season your fish to early. When you season too soon before cooking, the salt will start to break down the proteins in the salmon and draw moisture out of the fish.

What temp should Salmon be cooked? When the salmon flakes easily with a fork, it’s ready. If you like, you can use an instant read thermometer to check the fish for doneness. The USDA recommends a minimum internal temperature of 145°F, which should be measured at the thickest part of the fillet. Serve immediately.

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Salmon Provençal with Tomatoes

Salmon Provençal with Tomatoes

Simple, clean, classic is the best way to describe this dish. The flavors of Provençal-style dishes are considered timeless in the Mediterranean.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 2
Calories 490 kcal


  • microplane or grater
  • rimmed baking sheet


  • ¼ oz fresh basil
  • 1 oz Kalamata olives
  • 10 oz pkg salmon fillets
  • garlic use 1 large clove
  • 1 container grape tomatoes
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 medium red onion
  • kosher salt & ground pepper


  • Prep ingredients: Preheat oven to 450°F with a rack in the upper third. Halve, peel, and cut all of the onion into ½-inch thick wedges through the root end. Trim ends from zucchini, then halve lengthwise and cut into ½-inch thick half-moons. Finely grate ¼ teaspoon lemon zest into a small bowl, then cut lemon into quarters.
  • Roast vegetables: Transfer onions, zucchini, grape tomatoes, and 2 of the lemon quarters to a rimmed baking sheet (save remaining lemon for your own use); toss with 1 tablespoon oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast on upper oven rack until vegetables just tender, 10–12 minutes.
  • Prep salmon: Peel and finely chop 1 teaspoon garlic. Pat salmon dry; season with salt and pepper. Into the small bowl with lemon zest, add half of the chopped garlic and 1 teaspoon oil, and stir to combine. Season with a pinch each of salt and pepper.
  • Roast salmon: Transfer remaining chopped garlic to baking sheet, then stir with vegetables to combine. Transfer salmon, skin-side down, to the baking sheet, then spread lemon-garlic oil over top. Roast on upper oven rack until salmon is cooked through and opaque, about 8 minutes.
  • Prep basil & olives: Meanwhile, coarsely chop olives, removing any pits, if necessary. Pick and coarsely chop basil leaves, discarding stems.
  • Finish & serve: Transfer olives and basil to the baking sheet, stirring to combine with the vegetables. Using tongs, squeeze the roasted lemon wedges over the vegetables; season to taste with salt and pepper. Drizzle salmon and vegetables with a little olive oil, and serve.


Sulphur dioxide and sulphites and Fish. May contain traces of other allergens. Packaged in a facility that packages gluten containing products.
Calories 490kcal, Fat 32.0g, Proteins 34.0g, Carbs 24.0g
Keyword rice, salmon, simple vegan stir fry