Ok- I am sending this from one airplane that is half-way from New York to Seattle (just a breezy little 6.5 hour flight) and then I am going to unpack and turn around and get on another flight to Greece tomorrow morning. I have some strategies for this whole situation, but PLEASE let me know if you have any advice or recommendations.
I am going to go for a long walk when I get home- like an hour so that I get my blood flowing and un “cramp” my body from sitting in weird contorted positions for so long. Then, I am going to go to my sisters house and mooch food for dinner so I don’t have to cook. Then, I am going to stay on East Coast time (where I have been getting up between 5:30-8:30am ET every morning anyways.) So, I think that means going to be really early (like 7-8) and getting up at like 3:30-4am PT (just hear me out!) and then taking another walk and maybe force the kids to go with me to get their little legs all stretched out! Then, when we get on a 1:30pm PT flight we will be exhausted and want go to sleep for like 6-7 hours? What do you think? Have I just over thought the whole thing? I just need us all to sleep on the plane because we hit the ground running in Athens and will have to stay up another 6-8 hours. OK, please!!! any thoughts???
Don’t worry- I have a ton of recipes stored up for you while I am gone, but I will be on Instagram big time, so you should follow along with my European vacation!! We are a week in Athens, a week on Mykonos and then a week between Florence and Rome. By request, I am showing you not only what we will be eating (My GOD it’s good food) but also lots more lifestyle action including an outfit a day!!) If you are not instagram, you should join!!!
And TOO exciting- I am going to do a Facebook Live on Saturday morning while I cook with my husbands Auntie in her apartment in Greece and show you the crazy authentic spread that she is making for all of us- It should be fun!! (I will post here and on Facebook with the exact time later this week)
Ok- now onto the food! This recipe is just basically taking the two most glorious assets ever from the Pacific Northwest and combining them into the most wonderful dish.
You guys already know how obsessed I am with all of the ripe gorgeous cherries (even growing in my backyard right now!!) that are in season and hello beautiful salmon, fresh from the Pacific. Seattle has ample amount of both (thank GOD!) and I can’t get enough of either.
This dish also happens to be incredibly easy and is so beautiful that you could serve this for a party (Or Fathers Day?! Yum!)
And if grilling is more your thing, you could also cook the salmon on the grill and then just top with the honey glazed cherries- obviously also completely delicious.
I would serve this salmon with this AMAZING salad and baby potatoes or this quinoa salad!
To make this Balsamic Roasted Salmon with Honey Glazed Cherries, this is what you do:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Cut the cherries from their pits and set them aside.
Put a sheet of tin foil on a sheet pan. Place your side of salmon on the foil. Drizzle with the olive oil and the balsamic and sprinkle generously with salt.
Turn the oven down to 350 degrees and place the salmon in the oven. Cook for 8-10 minutes depending on the thickness of the salmon and then remove and let sit a minute before serving. (if you are going to transfer to a serving platter, it is fairly easy to move the whole side of salmon as one piece if you use two large spatulas.
While the Salmon is roasting, make the honey glazed cherries.
In a medium pan, combine the olive oil and the honey. Bring them to a simmer and then add the cherries. Let them simmer for a few minutes and then add the balsamic. Simmer for a minute longer and then turn the heat off (you don’t want the cherries to start to fall apart). Season lightly to taste with kosher salt and then serve the cherries over the top of the salmon.
Recipe: Balsamic Roasted Salmon with Honey Glazed Cherries
- 1 side of Salmon
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 cups cherries
- 2 tablespoons balsamic
- kosher salt
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Cut the cherries from their pits and set them aside.
- Put a sheet of tin foil on a sheet pan. Place your side of salmon on the foil. Drizzle with the olive oil and the balsamic and sprinkle generously with salt.
- Turn the oven down to 350 degrees and place the salmon in the oven. Cook for 8-10 minutes depending on the thickness of the salmon and then remove and let sit a minute before serving. (if you are going to transfer to a serving platter, it is fairly easy to move the whole side of salmon as one piece if you use two large spatulas.
- While the Salmon is roasting, make the honey glazed cherries.
- In a medium pan, combine the olive oil and the honey. Bring them to a simmer and then add the cherries. Let them simmer for a few minutes and then add the balsamic. Simmer for a minute longer and then turn the heat off (you don’t want the cherries to start to fall apart). Season lightly to taste with kosher salt and then serve the cherries over the top of the salm
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Cooking time: 10 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 6
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This looks SO GOOD. I love these cherries over top! Headed to Seattle on Tuesday for a super quick one day trip. Any good place to walk around? I don’t have a lot of time, but I have to hit public market!
Heather, I love balsamic vinegar with salmon! Low key weekends are my favorite 🙂
This is great. I catch tons of Salmon on Lake Ontario come August and now I have a new recipe. Does that seem to get the strong”fishy” taste out of the fish? Looks great!
Hey Tom- if it is fresh salmon you should not have a strong fish taste at all- I found the salmon with all these accoutrements to be really sweet!
What a delicioous looking dish! I enjoy savoury dishes that have fruit. Yum! I sometimes feel like I need a vacation after my vacations 🙂
love new ways to cook salmon!! those cherries on top with that balsamic just sounds divine!!
The cherries are genius!!
I bet your parents are loving having you all home with them! There’s nothing like having the commotion and chaos of grandchildren and pets underfoot, while enjoying having one’s grown child back home for a bit. Especially in this day and age when generations are scattered hither and yon. I bought a bag of plump cherries for le gout. Too much wheat and whammy! Even with this drought in California, or maybe because of it, they are incredible this year.
I love the cherries with this! Aside from it probably tasting fantastic, the color burst is awesome!
Love the honey glazed cherries!
Love the cherry and balsamic combo here!
My family loves salmon and I am always looking for new recipes. This looks awesome! Can’t wait to try it.
Best salmon I’ve seen in a while, Heather. Honestly, I think I could eat that whole entire thing. I’ve probably mentioned it before, but my wife doesn’t eat seafood, so I hardly ever cook fish at home. Unless, of course, I come across something special. THIS is special. Plus, salmon is my fave..
Thanks so much Todd! This is seriously so good, your wife MIGHT be willing to take a bite! I even got my kids to try it and they both liked it enough to eat a small piece- a first!!
Thanks Heather! I’ll give it a go. I got her to try a piece of salmon once before when we were on vacation in Vancouver. However, there may have been some wine and/or cocktails involved..
Todd- this totally cracked me up! good luck!
this was really fucking amazing.
We have been eating salmon non-stop this summer (which is great) but I’ve been running out of ideas (not so great). Thanks for the inspiration!
This sounds so delightful, Heather!
Cherry season is over in the east, but I really want to make this this weekend with friends. Think I could get away with frozen cherries?
Sure Lisa! They will just be more saucy, but that won’t be a bad thing!
OMG, absolutely delicious and so easy to make on the BBQ. Combined with BBQ potatoes and steamed asparagus for a truly satisfying meal. Great recipe and very happy that the author posted this online. “I’ll be back” for other ideas! Thank you!
Ooh, LOVE that the cherries are glazed in this recipe – fabulous. Wishing you the BEST time (and lots of well-deserved rest) as you continue on your travels. While I appreciate that you’ll be sharing your travel adventures on Instagram and Facebook, don’t forget to allow yourself to just be there in the moment and enjoy EVERY moment 🙂
Thank you so much Liz!! And don’t worry! I WILL!!!
My family loves salmon! What a great summertime dish!
That is going to be so much fun!! Can’t wait to see it all on Instagram
A great use of cherries!
OMG! So jealous! Hope you have an amazing trip! This Salmon looks delish!
This was a great recipe. I left the salmon on 400 and cooked it longer as my piece was especially thick. I loved the taste of this. I did back off the honey some as my cherries were very ripe and therefore very sweet.
What type of Cherries are you useing for this recipe?
I used bing cherries!
have a great trip, wow a whirlwind, love this recipe, such a creative pairing of ingredients! Salmon is not a regular for me but there’s a lot to say for it, so thank you!