Monday, August 25, 2014

Lemon-Thyme Broiled Salmon with Blood Orange Salsa {The Paleo Approach Cookbook}

Remember last spring when I reviewed The Paleo Approach by Sarah Ballantyne, PhD?  I promised that a companion cookbook was forthcoming, and guess what?  It's here!

... is finally releasing tomorrow! (On shelves 8/26/14)  Here it is:

This is so much more than a simple collection of recipes.  The book--which is every bit as beautiful and heavy as the first book--includes:
  • Over 200 recipes, all of which use healing foods to help empower people with autoimmune diseases to reclaim their health by regulating their immune systems and heal their bodies
  • Hundreds of recipe variations to help you mix it up, along with tips, nutrient facts, and FODMAP alerts along the way 
  • Recipe Index to help you quickly find recipes and match ingredients
  • Meal Plans
    • Shopping guides
    • "Plan ahead" guides
  • Over 100 pages of information and resources
    • Summary of THe Paleo Approach diet
    • Food lists
    • Shopping guides
      • "How do I eat this way on a budget?"
      • Prioritized food-quality lists
      • Reading labels 
    • Cooking guides
    • Kitchen how-tos
      • Stocking the pantry
      • Storing common foods
      • Cooking tools
      • Meat cooking times and temperatures
      • Quick meals, planning ahead, leftovers
    • Time-saving tips
    • Budget tips
    • and more!
So in addition to recipes galore, you get tons of helpful information, tips, and planning guides to help you on your journey to health.

I've gotten started using this book and love it. Sarah's recipes are written so that anyone can follow the steps simply and correctly, and end up with a delicious meal.  Some recipes are a bit divergent from mainstream cooking (fritters that may replace pancakes, for example--awesome, btw), but the bulk of the recipes are simply good old-fashioned protein and vegetable combinations, stepped up with appetizing flavor combinations and subtle substitutions to keep autoimmune flares at bay.  For example, who wouldn't love salmon and salsa?  The author has kindly granted permission to share this special recipe with you!  So below, you can get a taste of how good The Paleo Approach can be:

Lemon and Thyme Broiled Salmon 
with Blood Orange (or Mango) Salsa
Reprinted with permission from The Paleo Approach Cookbook by Sarah Ballantyne

Fruit Salsa is a wonderful companion to fish or chicken.  This salmon is very simple to prepare and cook, but the resulting dish has a sophisticated flavor and beautiful colors on your plate. 

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 to 12 minutes
Servings: 4 to 8



  • 2 pounds blood oranges, segmented (see Tips)
  • Zest of 1 lime, finely grated
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced  {FODMAP Alert: Replace red onion with green onion (green part only) or chives or omit}
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4 to 6 (6- to 8-ounce) salmon fillets
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest (about 1 lemon)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup white wine, fresh orange juice, or apple juice 


Salsa:  Combine the salsa ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate until it's time to eat.

  1. Combine the lemon zest and juice, thyme, and wine in a small bowl.  Pour over the salmon fillets in a resealable bag or nonreactive container. Marinate 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, adjust an oven rack so that salmon will be 6 to 8 inches from the top element in the oven.  Preheat the broiler on high for 10 minutes. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  3. Remove the salmon from the marinade and place on the pre-prepared baking sheet (if the fillets have skin, lay them skin side down).  Discard the remaining marinade. 
  4. Broil 10 to 12 minutes, until the salmon is opaque throughout and the segments flake apart easily. 
  5. Serve with the salsa.

TIPS: To segment an orange, use a sharp paring knife to cut off the top and bottom. Lay the orange on a cutting board and cut off the peel all the way around. Then, holding the orange in your hand, use the knife to carefully cut out each segment by cutting down one side of the segment close to the membrane and then twisting the knife to pry the segment off the membrane on the other side.

VARIATIONS: You can easily substitute just about any other type of fish in this recipe--trout, halibut, and amberjack work particularly well.
  • Mango Salsa. In place of the blood oranges, use 2 pounds mango, peeled, seeded, and diced.  Mango Salsa is a great accompaniment to chicken, pork, and beef. 
  • Actually, this salsa tastes delicious with many different types of fruits. Other fruits that work particularly well are papaya, pear, peach, apricot, orange, grapefruit, and strawberries.
  • Lemon and Thyme Baked Chicken.  Instead of using fish fillets, use chicken breasts, thighs, or tenders.  Bake at 375 for 20 to 40 minutes, until fully cooked.
  • Truffle Salt Broiled Salmon.  Want to skip the wine? Broiled salmon seasoned simply with a sprinkle of truffle salt is absolutely divine!

See?  Sarah leaves no stone unturned in explaining the how-tos in this recipe. Don't know how to "segment an orange"? Don't worry; just check the "Tip" at the bottom.  Afraid of blood oranges like me? No biggie--sub in mangos!  (That's my preference!)  Not a fan of fish?  That's fine; just use chicken!

Look good to you?  There are SO many more recipes to be made.
If you think your autoimmune disease could benefit from dietary changes or simply want to give paleo/real food a try, then this book is a great investment for yourself, or for a loved one.

I was not compensated for this post; just happy to share a tasty recipe and a useful cookbook!  Want MORE?  You can find more free information and recipes from Sarah Ballantyne at

Please let me know if you dare to try this recipe!  
What's your favorite salmon topping?  


  1. That salmon recipe sounds delicious!!

  2. MY MOUTH :-)
    I love all things salmon.

  3. oh i love salmon! and been dying to try that cookbook!

  4. sounds like a great cookbook! i love lemon and salmon together!

    1. Same here! Salmon is so simple to dress with just a little lemon and thyme :)


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