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Braised Salmon with Leeks
This recipe is a powerhouse for supplying two difficult to find health-promoting nutrients for your Healthiest Way of Eating—vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids. One serving provides 123% of the daily value (DV) for vitamin D and 106% DV for omega-3s. And it only takes 15 minutes to prepare. Enjoy!
Braised Salmon with Leeks Prep and Cook Time: 20 minutes



  1. Cut off green tops of leeks and remove outer tough leaves. Cut off root and cut leeks in half lengthwise. Fan out the leeks and rinse well under running water, leaving them intact. Cut leeks into 2-inch lengths. Now, holding the leek sections cut side up, cut lengthwise so that you end up with thin strips, known as chiffonade cut. Make sure slices are cut very thin.
  2. Let leeks and garlic sit for at least 5 minutes to bring out their hidden health benefits.
  3. Heat 1 TBS broth in 10-12 inch stainless steel skillet. Healthy Sauté leeks over medium heat in broth for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add garlic and sauté for another minute. Add 1/2 cup broth and lemon juice and simmer for another 5 minutes, covered, stirring occasionally.
  4. Rub salmon with 1 TBS fresh lemon juice, salt and white pepper.
  5. Stir fresh tarragon, salt, and pepper into leeks, and place salmon on top of leeks. Simmer for about 3-4 minutes, covered, or until salmon is pink inside. Time may vary a little depending on thickness of salmon. Serve leeks topped with salmon and drizzle with juice.
Serves 4

Serving Suggestions: Serve with

Nutritional Profile

15 Minute Braised Salmon with Leeks
1.00 serving
(269.53 grams)
Calories: 367


 vitamin B12212%

 vitamin D123%


 omega-3 fats106%

 vitamin B386%



 vitamin B655%



 vitamin A27%

 vitamin C27%


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In order to better help you identify recipes that feature a high concentration of nutrients for the calories they contain, we created a Recipe Rating System. This system allows us to highlight the recipes that are especially rich in particular nutrients. The following chart shows the nutrients for which Braised Salmon with Leeks is either an excellent, very good, or good source (below the chart you will find a table that explains these qualifications). If a nutrient is not listed in the chart, it does not necessarily mean that the recipe doesn't contain it. It simply means that the nutrient is not provided in a sufficient amount or concentration to meet our rating criteria. (To view this recipe's in-depth nutritional profile that includes values for dozens of nutrients - not just the ones rated as excellent, very good, or good - please use the link below the chart.) To read this chart accurately, you'll need to glance back up to see the ingredients used in the recipe and the number of serving sizes provided by the recipe. Our nutrient ratings are based on a single serving. For example, if a recipe makes 4 servings, you would be receiving the nutrient amounts listed in the chart by eating 1/4th of the combined ingredients found in the recipe. Now, returning to the chart itself, you can look next to the nutrient name in order to find the nutrient amount it offers, the percent Daily Value (DV%) that this amount represents, the nutrient density that we calculated for this recipe and nutrient, and the rating we established in our rating system. For most of our nutrient ratings, we adopted the government standards for food labeling that are found in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's "Reference Values for Nutrition Labeling." Read more background information and details of our rating system.

15 Minute Braised Salmon with Leeks
1.00 serving
269.53 grams
Calories: 367

Nutrient Amount DRI/DV
World's Healthiest
Foods Rating
vitamin B12 5.09 mcg 212 10.4 excellent
vitamin D 493.29 IU 123 6.0 excellent
selenium 63.41 mcg 115 5.6 excellent
omega-3 fats 2.54 g 106 5.2 excellent
vitamin B3 13.72 mg 86 4.2 excellent
phosphorus 528.95 mg 76 3.7 excellent
protein 35.83 g 72 3.5 very good
vitamin B6 0.93 mg 55 2.7 very good
magnesium 189.02 mg 45 2.2 good
biotin 9.76 mcg 33 1.6 good
pantothenic acid 1.42 mg 28 1.4 good
folate 108.66 mcg 27 1.3 good
vitamin C 20.24 mg 27 1.3 good
vitamin A 242.36 mcg RAE 27 1.3 good
World's Healthiest
Foods Rating
excellent DRI/DV>=75% OR
Density>=7.6 AND DRI/DV>=10%
very good DRI/DV>=50% OR
Density>=3.4 AND DRI/DV>=5%
good DRI/DV>=25% OR
Density>=1.5 AND DRI/DV>=2.5%

In-Depth Nutritional Profile for Braised Salmon with Leeks

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