Salmon Tzatziki Couscous

Salmon is my favorite fish to use because it’s a filling, but light protein that’s very versatile for meals and is great in this Mediterranean Salmon Tzatziki Couscous. This Salmon Tzatziki Couscous brings bright, fresh Mediterranean flavors to your table any day of the week. Za’atar is the spice that brings these light, citrus, Mediterranean vibe. If you have never tried za’atar, it is a seasoning with herbs, sesame seeds and sumac which tastes similar to lemon. I highly recommend it and I use this seasoning with a variety of side dishes and proteins.  

This Salmon Tzatziki Couscous can be eaten for lunch or a feel-good, healthy dinner weeknight. Because the salmon and couscous cooks quickly, this meal is perfect to make for the family on a weeknight. Couscous is a fluffy grain that is used in Mediterranean cooking and pairs wonderfully with the salmon. I have made this dish with boxed “olive oil” flavored boxed couscous, but the recipe below is if you’re using plain couscous with the addition of herbs and spices. Tzatziki is a yogurt based sauce/condiment used in Mediterranean cooking and traditionally has grated or diced cucumbers, but my quick tzatziki sauce for this meal doesn’t have any. If you want to make the traditional tzatziki for this, I recommend a seeded cucumber diced and stirred in.


Salmon Tzatziki Couscous

Couscous

  • 1 ¼ cup water
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • ½ tbsp za’atar
  • ½ tsp salt

Salmon

  • 1 pound salmon filets
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp za’atar
  • 2 zucchini’s, halved and cut into half moon shapes
  • 1 diced tomato

Tzatziki

  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 ½ tbsp dill
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a saucepan, heat water and olive oil on medium high heat it begins to boil. Stir in couscous, garlic, pepper, parsley, salt, turn off heat and cover with a lid. Fluff couscous with a fork right before serving.
  3. In a frying pan (I use cast iron) add olive oil and heat the pan until hot. Season salmon with salt, pepper, and za’atar and put salmon in the pan skin side down. Add zucchini and tomato around the salmon, season lightly with salt and pepper and place into the oven for 7-9 minutes.
  4. While the salmon is cooking, make the tzatziki by mixing all ingredients in a bowl.
  5. Plate with the couscous first, salmon and vegetables, and top with tzatziki. Enjoy!

If you make this Salmon Tzatziki Couscous, please let me know what you think of it and tag me on instagram @theladlebearer!

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