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An easy brown sugar rubbed salmon with a tomato basil vinaigrette
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Brown Sugar Spice Rubbed Salmon with Tomato Basil Vinaigrette

Tender, flaky, salmon with a brown sugar spice rub, prepped and seared in under 10 minutes, and served over cous cous and fresh vegetables with a protein packed, delicious tomato basil vinaigrette.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time16 mins
Course: salmon
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown sugar, salmon, tomato basil, vinaigrette
Servings: 4
Calories: 899kcal
Author: Rachael


  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups cous cous
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped small
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 cup tomato diced
  • Fresh basil for garnish

Brown sugar spice rub:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground ancho chilie powder
  • 1/4 tsp celery salt
  • 1/2 tbs Cumin
  • 1 packet Vital Protein Marine Collage

Tomato Basil Vinaigrette

  • 1 packet Vital Proteins Marine Collage
  • 2 large tomatoes 1 1/2 cups tomato
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1 large spring of basil adjust according to preference


  • Start preparing cous cous according to package directions, which typically involves toasting them for a minute, adding water, and bringing to a boil. Add onion in after boiling, so it has a chance to soften and flavor the cous cous.
  • Meanwhile, pat salmon dry, and set aside.
  • Mix brown sugar rub ingredients together.
  • Pour brown sugar rub on a plate.
  • Grab salmon and press into brown sugar rub on each side.
  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil and pan sear for about 3 minutes per side.
  • Mix tomato basil ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.
  • Mix the cucumbers and tomatoes into the cous cous with 1/2 cup of tomato basil vinaigrette
  • Plate cous cous mixture, put salmon on top
  • Drizzle with additional tomato basil vinaigrette and enjoy!
  • Garnish with additional basil if desired.


Calories: 899kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 254mg | Potassium: 1312mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 1300IU | Vitamin C: 16.1mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 3.5mg