Heart Healthy Salmon


Donatella Arpaia’s Heart Healthy Delicious Nut & Herb Encrusted Salmon with Side Salad


  • 2 wild salmon fillets, approximately 6 ounces grams each
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (evoo)
  • ¼ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Zest and juice of one lemon
  • 1 lemon quartered
  • 2 teaspoons agave 
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ⅓ cup pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup walnut nuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1teaspoon fresh rosemary finely chopped


  1. Rinse salmon and pat dry. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together 1-teaspoon evoo, mustard, lemon juice, agave, salt and pepper and place evenly on salmon. In a small prep bowl, place nuts, herbs, salt, pepper garlic and remaining olive oil and zest. Pulse until coarsely ground. Spread the mixture evenly over the salmon and press lightly using your fingers.
  3. Put air fryer at 350 and place salmon filets along with lemon wedges rubbed with agave and pinch of crushed chili flakes.

  4. Bake for 5-7 minutes.

Side Salad

Mix Arugula, Radicchio and Endive with a dressing of fresh lemon juice and a drizzle of your best evoo and sea salt.


  • Wild Salmon – great source of omega 3 and fatty acids
  • Walnuts – great source of omega 3
  • Pistachios – may reduce your risk of heart disease in various ways. In addition to being high in antioxidants, pistachios may lower blood cholesterol and improve blood pressure,
  • EVOO – a healthy fat that protects against heart disease and ward off cancer cell growth. EVOO has more polyphenols and fewer free fatty acids
  • Dark leafy wild greens pack nutrients (herbs and arugula,) folate and vitamin k slow simmer of inflammation.
  • Bitter & spicy greens (arugula and radicchio) shut down the receptors in the brain that crave sugar.
  • Cooking in air fryer allows for not adding any unnecessary extra fat and calories to your cooking.
  • Lemons are high in heart healthy vitamin c, good for weight control, and digestive health.

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April 24 2021 08:00 am

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