Salmon with Cauliflower “Rice” and Mango Salsa

This dish extremely easy to make, and so full of flavor! Cauliflower rice is great for those looking for a low-carb option that will be just as satisfying. Cauliflower is so easy to make flavorful because it has a naturally light taste. 


By: Neda Varbanova, HCTP Class of June 2014

Serves 4

Salmon & Mango Salsa


  • 1 mango, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 lb salmon fillet, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Peel mango and cut into 1/2 inch cubes. In a mixing bowl, combine the mango with onion, cilantro, lime juice, honey, smoked paprika, and cumin.
  3. Cut salmon into 4 equal pieces. Sprinkle salmon with a little salt and pepper.
  4. Place salmon on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake on 400 F for 10 minutes for medium cooked salmon, if you prefer well done then cook it for 5 extra minutes. Broil for 2 minutes at the end.
  5. Serve mango salsa over salmon.

Cauliflower “Rice”

Serves 6


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 3-5 tbsp warm water
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated


  1. Cut cauliflower into florets and place in food processor bowl. Pulse until finely chopped, resembling rice. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet and sauté the garlic and onion for a minute. Add the cauliflower rice to the skillet. Sauté for about 3-4 minutes, until tender. Add 3-5 table spoons of warm water so the rice doesn’t stick to the pan.
  3. Remove pan from heat. Stir in parmesan cheese and serve on the side with salmon.


Neda Varbanova is a Health Coach and recipe creator who believes that healthy eating, fitness and a positive outlook are the key to realizing true health. Neda’s food philosophy is inspired by her mother who has always prepared fresh daily meals with nothing short of simple, wholesome ingredients. Check out her site Healthy With Nedi or on Instagram @healthywithnedi.

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