This chimichurri salmon with cauliflower rice is the perfect weeknight meal. Simple, quick sheet pan salmon, intensely flavored mint chimichurri with a healthy veggie side. Easy to make and even easier to eat!
This star of this dish is definitely the mint chimichurri.
Chimichurri is a condiment originating from South American. It is typically made with oil, vinegar, garlic, parsley and chili peppers. It is also made by hand, everything is finely diced and chopped.
My version is a slight twist, I decided to add mint to it. Now mint can be very strong, so use it sparingly. I think the mint adds a great fresh flavor. Its very bright and cooling. Mint actually works well with the earthiness of the parsley, pungent garlic and tangy vinegar. The other difference is that instead of hand chopping the chimichurri, I just throw everything into the blender and pulse it a few times. (Sheet pan dinners mean I’m usually rushing around, so I’m just trying to find the shortcuts here)
The best about the mint chimichurri in this dish is that once you’ve made the chimchurri to you’re liking, you done with all of the seasoning needed. Because the chimichurri is used on both the salmon and the cauliflower rice.
Sheet Pan Salmon
Although the salmon is the main component of this meal. The prep is so easy, it actually becomes an after thought. All I do is take the entire salmon fillet and just place on the sheet pan. Add some that mint chimichurri on top, bake it and serve it! Make sure to add more mint chimichurri though!
This the easiest prep for cauliflower rice you’ll ever find. Did you know that you can buy cauliflower rice from the frozen food aisle?? Yes this was a nice discovery for me. I’ve tried making cauliflower rice at home and while its not that hard. It does take a little time and worst part of it is that I make just a mess. Cauliflower pieces everywhere! lol
Frozen cauliflower rice can usually be microwave in the bag. Just so much easier! I like to microwave the cauliflower then mix it into sautéed shallots and add in some chimichurri and red pepper flakes. So easy, so good! The perfect pairing with mint chimichurri salmon!
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