Christmas Recipe Countdown Day 3: Crispy Skinned Salmon with Strawberry Pistachio Basil Salsa


Welcome to my Christmas Recipe Countdown, where each day leading up to Christmas, I will be sharing recipes from some of my Friday Foodies, as well as a few from myself.

Be prepared for healthy, mouth watering recipes that will help you to cater for all your festive season parties, dinners and get togethers. Each recipe is gluten, dairy and refined sugar free.

Day Three's recipe appears courtesy of Amy Crawford from The Holistic Ingredient.

Amy featured as my Friday Foodie back in May, which you can check out HERE.


Ness xo

P.S. You can check out more Christmas recipes HERE


Crispy Skinned Salmon with Strawberry Pistachio Basil Salsa

Often the richness of salmon can be difficult to manage, certainly in combination with lots of other rich, festive flavours. Well not this Christmas! Combine the oiliness of salmon with the fresh, sweet pop of strawberries, spicy chilli and the crunch of red onion and pistachios and you've a deliciously fresh, festive and 'light' salmon dish (that will have you wishing it'd never end).

This delightfully simple dish speaks summer barbeques, festive dinners, romantic interludes and nourishing goodness. Take your pick, just make sure the combo gets a run! 

Serves 4.

You will need:
4 small salmon fillets, skin on

For the salsa:
1 punnet organic strawberries, diced
1/4 cup pistachios, chopped
1/4 red onion, diced
1/2 cup basil, torn
1/2 large red chili, finely diced
Juice of half a fresh lime
Sea salt and cracked pepper

Remove your fish from the fridge (it's better not to cook the fish 'fridge cold').

Combine all salsa ingredients in a small bowl and combine.

Heat your BBQ or pan to medium to high heat and season well with olive oil and a good sprinkling of salt flakes. This combination prevents the skin from sticking (pertinent!).  Place your salmon skin side down on the pan and leave for at least 4-5 minutes without touching it, to give the skin it's very best opportunity to crisp! Carefully flip the salmon and cook for another 4 minutes. Test with a fork, it should flake easily. If it's not quite ready don't be afraid to flip it again skin side down, certainly if your skin could do with some more cooking time. It's best served with a little bit of pink in the centre. 

Remove from the heat and topple the salsa over your steaks. It might be lovely served with our roasted smashed potatoes me thinks.

When chronic fatigue syndrome put a swift end to a million-mile-an-hour corporate career, it also created the most incredible life transformation imaginable. Now free of CFS, Amy credits her return to health to a whole food, sugar/toxic free lifestyle combined with extensive energy healing and a range of therapies called CTC (Combined Therapy Cocktail) of which she is now a practitioner. Amy's business The Holistic Ingredient and her whole foods eBooks, A Nourishing Kitchen & A Nourishing Morning and Nourishing Kids combine her passion for food and cooking, toxic-free living and healing therapies.







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