ArrowDownFill 1arrow-small-lineFill 1Cooking Light - EasyCooking Light - FastCooking Light - So GoodCooking Light - How-ToCooking Light - Staff FaveCooking Light Badge - Wow!GroupClose IconEmailEmpty Star IconLike Cooking Light on FacebookFull Star IconShapePage 1 Copy 3Page 1 Copy 2Grid IconHalf Star IconFollow Cooking Light on InstagramList IconMenu IconPrintSearch IconSpeech BubbleFollow Cooking Light on SnapchatFollow Cooking Light on TwitterWatch Cooking Light on YouTubeplay-iconWatch Cooking Light on Youtube

Citrus Salmon with Watercress Salad

Photo: Quentin Bacon
Prep time 20 mins
Other time 1 hr, 10 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings


  • 4 6-ounce salmon fillets, skin removed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 medium pink grapefruit
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, if desired, and thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch watercress, trimmed
  • 2 cups cooked white rice

Nutrition Information

  • calories 420
  • caloriesfromfat 25 %
  • fat 18 g
  • satfat 2 g
  • cholesterol 95 mg
  • sodium 230 mg
  • carbohydrate 27 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • sugars 7 g
  • protein 36 g

How to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 375° F.

    Place the salmon in a glass baking dish. Add the bay leaves and enough water to reach halfway up the sides of the fillets. Bake until the salmon is the same color throughout and flakes easily, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a plate; let cool.

    Meanwhile, working over a bowl, cut each grapefruit segment from its surrounding membranes. Squeeze the membranes to release any remaining juice. Add the vinegar, oil, sugar, and salt to the juice. Pour all but 1 tablespoon of the vinaigrette into a large resealable plastic bag. Add the salmon to the bag and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

    To serve, add the grapefruit segments, cucumber, and watercress to the reserved vinaigrette in the bowl and toss. Drain the salmon. Divide the rice among individual plates and top with the watercress salad and salmon.

    Tip: To section a grapefruit, peel it, then use a sharp knife to cut between each section, close to the membrane. Remove the segments intact.