Sheet Pan Lemon-Herb Roasted Salmon with Veggies

February 7, 2017
Sheet Pan Lemon-Herb Roasted Salmon with Veggies - This easy, delicious lemon-herb salmon meal is SO good, made on one sheet pan and ready in 30 minutes!

From parsnip hash browns for breakfast .. to candied pecans for breakfast dessert .. to hot yoga on cold winter's nights .. a few things that have been happening on my Live Healthy Iowa Challenge journey


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Sipping Through a Straw:  Kombucha(!)  Just a few sips and I'm no longer foraging through the cupboards for chocolate  (ps: It's also a great for breaking a soda habit)

Latest Amazon delivery:  Supplements .. including 5 HTP (helps with cravings) .. B Vitamins .. L-Glutamine (for gut health) and a good multivitamin

Biggest Weight-loss Obstacle:  Sleep .. it's ever elusive.  Between us … the kitties .. and the puppies .. I swear there's a creature in motion at our house 24 x 7.  (We'd be good candidates for a funny time-lapse video)

Secret Weapon for Busy Weeks:  Meal services.  Have you tried one?  Admittedly .. I was skeptical at first.  There are some great ones out there offering seasonal + plant-based meals for ~ $8-$10 per person.  A few of my favorites?  Freshly .. Purple Carrot .. and Blue Apron

Remembering As I Reach For a Cookie (and Put it Back):  The average craving lasts only 3-5 minutes


Always in the Freezer?  Cooked beans + lentils.  They add fiber + protein and are a cheap way to stretch main and side dishes.  Some ideas?  Add them to soups .. rice dishes .. pasta .. and pretty much anything else.

A Few Ideas For Adding Flavor:  Fresh herbs and minced roasted garlic .. will liven up just about anything.  (The lightly dried and refrigerated tubes of herbs are also great to have on hand and last a few months)  Another idea?  Citrus .. I always have fresh lemons and limes in the fridge.  Bright flavors from the juice and zest help maximize flavor without adding salt.  (A little extra vitamin C never hurts)

Way of Eating That Always Works For Me:  Dana James .. When I'm following her philosophies and meal plans .. I always feel my best.

A Small Shift That's Had a Large Impact:  Drinking more water.  A few years ago when I gave up soda .. infused water (just water + fruit) saved me.  A pretty container in the fridge was a constant reminder.  Missing the fizz?  I was too .. try a SodaStream

Always in My Grocery Cart?  Greek yogurt.  I've had a sordid love affair with sauces most of my life .. so I mix fresh herbs (dill for a quick salmon topper) a little Sriracha for my husband's tacos .. and a dollop on soups for creaminess and protein

Guilty Pleasure/Indulgence:  My husband and I love driving all over the state to try out Iowa's Best Burgers.  So when I'm hungry for a splurge he tells me to pick a nominee and we're off.  (ps:  The best burger I've ever eaten?  At the Sac City Bowling Alley, Sac City, Iowa)  

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Inspired By: The most amazing 98-year-old yoga teacher(!)  Let's all live our best lives for just as long as we possibly can

Grab and Go:  Snacky produce .. like mini cucumbers, grape tomatoes, and snap peas.  They're fun finger food and require minimal prep.  For the times we're heading out the door or just got home and need something to snack on before dinner  (ps:  For dipping .. see greek yogurt sauces above)

(ps:  for other snacking ideas see my guide for what to look for at the grocery and a super long list of ideas

Favorite App:  Way of Life .. it's great for tracking habits .. is really simple to set up .. and will even create beautiful charts & graphs.  A few in my list?  Minutes spent walking .. yoga .. weight lifting .. no sugar .. meditation .. and “today have I treated myself the way I would a very close friend?”

Favorite Workout:  I've been walking for as long as I can remember.  As a kid growing up on our family farm .. whenever I was bored .. I'd walk the half-mile to the paved road and back.  It's something I've stayed with my entire life.  They're some of the most peaceful and meditative moments in my day

2nd Favorite Workout:  Kickboxing .. Just making it though feels like a huge accomplishment(!)

Cooking:  Buddha bowls (recipes coming soon!)  A Buddha bowl is all sorts of healthful goodness .. piled in abundance .. into a single bowl.  They tend to be beautiful .. and make me appreciate a meal more than usual.

My progress report after week 2?

Total minutes of activity this week = 675    and Overall = 1310

It adds up quick!   (a combination of walking, yoga, resistance class, and weight lifting)

Total pounds lost this week = 3.1  and Overall = 7.3

( .. to be continued .. )

Sheet Pan Lemon-Herb Roasted Salmon with Veggies - This easy, delicious lemon-herb salmon meal is SO good, made on one sheet pan and ready in 30 minutes!

This Lemon-Herbed Roasted Salmon with Veggies is exactly the weeknight meal I've been searching for these days.  Healthy .. light .. and easy

As far as dinners go .. this one is pretty simple .. but with big flavors.  Salmon covered in herbs .. alongside colorful veggies .. are roasted together on a sheet pan.  The entire dish comes together in less than a half an hour .. although the roasting time can vary a little .. depending on the size of the cuts.

The dish immediately earned a spot on our regular week-night rotation. The salmon is flavorful .. the veggies perfectly cooked .. it’s a complete meal .. and all prepared in one pan.

A few notes:

One of the many things I love about this kind of recipe is its ability to take on different flavor profiles.  A few other herb blends you might enjoy?    (keeping the proportions the same)

Dill, parsley or chervil

Olive oil (instead of butter) .. thyme .. basil or marjoram

Peanut oil (instead of butter) .. cilantro or mint

Different veggie combinations?  Definitely .. equal baking time veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, squash will work without any adjustments.  Veggies that would take a little longer (ex:  potatoes) .. start them 10-15 minutes before adding the salmon



ps:  I'm participating as part of the  Iowa Food and Family Project‘s blogger team in this year's annual Live Healthy Iowa 10 Week Challenge.  More stories from the Challenge can be found here 

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~ Adapted from The New York Times

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Sheet Pan Lemon-Herb Roasted Salmon with Veggies
  • 1½ - 2 pound skin-less salmon fillet (fresh or frozen & thawed)
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp rosemary leaves, chopped fine
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped fine
  • 3 Tbsp garlic, minced, divided
  • 2 lemons
  • fine grain sea salt + freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil (optional, but it really makes clean-up a breeze)

  3. Prep the Salmon
  4. Rinse salmon and pat dry.
  5. Place salmon on baking sheet, leaving room around each piece for the veggies
  6. In a small bowl, add the rosemary, parsley, garlic, juice of 1 lemon, and pinch of freshly ground black pepper. Combine
  7. Brush the melted butter on top of each salmon filet.
  8. Divide the herb mix and spread evenly over the tops of each fillet

  9. Prep the Veggies
  10. In a medium bowl combine tomatoes, broccoli, 2 Tbsp garlic, a small glug of olive oil, and a pinch each of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Toss to coat.
  11. Arrange the veggies on the baking sheet around the salmon

  12. Bake and Serve
  13. Roast 15 to 18 minutes, or just until the salmon flakes

  14. While the salmon is roasting, in a small bowl add the lemon zest and ¼ cup juice from the lemon and honey
  15. Whisk to combine
  16. Spoon over salmon and vegetables before serving.


  • Reply Ankit Agarwal February 7, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Great recipe. I have tried making salmon at home only once. and using dry rosemary ( we don’t get fresh ones easily in India) left a rather bitter taste. but this looks refreshing. Will try it this weekend. Also thanks for the HTP suggestion. going to read more on it and probably try.

  • Reply Poonam February 7, 2017 at 10:39 am

    This looks so delicious!!! I think I’m going to try this tonight. I love salmon and am always looking for new ways to make it.

  • Reply Kathy Myers February 7, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Oh my this looks amazing and healthy. I must try and make it!!q

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus February 7, 2017 at 11:49 am

    What a delicious meal and it all looks so fresh as well mmmm. Do you take all the photos of your food?

    • Reply sexyveggie February 8, 2017 at 1:03 am

      Ana .. thank-you! I do take my own pictures 🙂

  • Reply Barb February 7, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    This is perfect for my Whole30 diet this month! Thanks for the inspiration. I have frozen salmon defrosting as we speak!

  • Reply Brian February 7, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Salmon is my favorite fish. I tend of love anything with a citrus flavor!

  • Reply Elizabeth O. February 7, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    I enjoyed reading all of those facts about you! It’s always nice to get to know fellow bloggers. I think it’s great that you’ve been following your diet, 7 lbs is not something you can lose easily! Good job. That herb roasted salmon is just lovely! Thanks for the tips on the herb combinations!

  • Reply Annemarie LeBlanc February 7, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Your herb roasted salmon looks tasty! It would be something I could make for dinner this weekend. Thanks for sharing all those bits and pieces of information about yourself. I find myself in so many of those things. 🙂

  • Reply Tine February 8, 2017 at 3:46 am

    This looks like such a healthy & light dinner! I never combined salmon with lemon juice before but it sounds delicious!

  • Reply Rosie Romance February 8, 2017 at 6:26 am

    Salmon is one of my favourite meals and this looked delicious! Thanks for sharing – But can we just appreciate the 98 year old yoga teacher please?! How fabulous! X

  • Reply Jackie {theseasidebaker} February 8, 2017 at 11:12 am

    What a delicious, fresh, and easy dinner! Putting it on my list to make!

  • Reply Dreammerin February 8, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    It looks so yummy and delicious! Thanks for sharing that inspiration with us! I love salmon!

  • Reply Miss Kim @ behgopa February 9, 2017 at 2:56 am

    You always have lovely photos! So colorful and eye-catching. Looks delicious.

  • Reply kathryn Maher February 9, 2017 at 4:58 am

    I love fish and especially salmon. The fish and veg combination I adore. This is one of my favourite type dishes.

  • Reply Super Healthy Cooking February 9, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Beautiful! I’m crazy for salmon 😀 Super healthy, super tasty and you can prepare it many ways. Perfect.
    Love your recipe, can’t wait to try it 😉

  • Reply keith Haney February 9, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    That looks yummy. I will have to try that. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Surekha February 14, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Looks all fresh and healthy. I am a vegetarian but my roommate would love this recipe

  • Reply Ana Ojha February 14, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    This Salmon looks incredibly delicious and colorful. Veggies makes it look quite refreshing!

  • Reply Lindsey February 14, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    This looks scrumptious and one I make often, but never thought to roast broccoli with it, it’s my daughters fave veg so may give his a go on our fish Friday xx

  • Reply Jennifer L February 26, 2017 at 12:18 am

    Goodness does that salmon look absolutely incredible! I’ve just bought a few salmon steaks and this recipe is just perfect one to make this coming week. I just love lemon and herbs.

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