Walnut-Rosemary Crusted Salmon

Pair this delicious salmon with some fresh sautéed asparagus or steamed broccoli and roasted red potatoes. Salmon is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce inflammation in the body. Most Americans do not get enough omega-3s in their diet. The American Heart Association recommends at least two servings of fatty fish per week. Other sources include albacore tuna, lake trout, sardines, mackerel and herring.

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
½ teaspoon honey
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
3 tablespoons panko breadcrumbs
3 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 (1 pound) skinless salmon fillet, fresh or frozen
Olive oil cooking spray
Chopped fresh parsley and lemon wedges for garnish

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine mustard, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, rosemary, honey, salt and crushed red pepper in a small bowl. Combine panko, walnuts and oil in another small bowl.

Place salmon on the prepared baking sheet. Spread the mustard mixture over the fish and sprinkle with the panko mixture, pressing to adhere. Lightly coat with cooking spray.

Bake until the fish flakes easily with a fork, about 8 to 12 minutes, depending on thickness. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

Nutrition Facts per 3-ounce fillet:
222 calories; 12 g total fat; 2 g saturated fat; 62 mg cholesterol; 256 mg sodium. 4 g carbohydrates; 1 g sugar; 24 g protein

Printable recipe available at: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/267223/walnut-rosemary-crusted-salmon/

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