Pan Seared Salmon with Mediterranean Salsa Fresca

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Pan Seared Salmon with Mediterranean Salsa Fresca

Sometimes I get mesmerized by my Instagram feed with all of the yummy recipes out there. This Pan Seared Salmon with Mediterranean Salsa Fresca recipe was no exception!

If you love salmon, but get tired of cooking it the same way each time, this flavor combo takes your fish to a whole new level in this Salmon with Mediterranean Salsa Fresca.

Pan Seared Salmon with Mediterranean Salsa Fresca

I love Mediterranean flavors! Plus, anytime you can kick your fish up a few notches, I’m all for it.

Bonus points if the recipe is a perfect match for the 17 Day Diet like this one is!

So if you’re in any cycle of the 17 Day Diet and you’re looking to jazz up your salmon, here’s a tasty recipe to liven up your meal time!

Pan Seared Salmon with Mediterranean Salsa Fresca

What I love most about this recipe is probably the combination of the sweet bell peppers and salty, briny Kalamata olives.

Bell Peppers are full of vitamin c, more than an orange!

Any time I can add Kalamata olives to a dish, I do!

I’ve featured Greek olives in another dish of mine, Mahi Mahi with Citrus-Herb Salad over Riced Cauliflower.

I see a pattern emerging – Greek olives over fish! YUM!

A small amount of greek olives goes a long way for added flavor

If you’re not a fan of salmon or any type of fish for that matter, this Mediterranean Salsa Fresca featured in this recipe would be perfect over chicken!

Pan Seared Salmon with Mediterranean Salsa Fresca for the 17 Day Diet

If you’re eating low carb on the 17 Day Diet, you can certainly have this Pan Seared Salmon with Mediterranean Salsa Fresca on all cycles of the diet.

If you’re not sure which foods are allowed when, make sure you check out my 17 Day Diet Cycle 1 Food List for all the info!

You can also check out my book on Amazon called Fast Track Your Weight Loss With the 17 Day Diet which has all the food lists (and a 7 day meal plan, too!).

Can I have Pan Seared Salmon with Mediterranean Salsa Fresca on the Kickstart Diet?

Yes, you can definitely have this yummy salmon recipe while on the 17 Day Kickstart Diet. You can have this dish starting on the 3-Day Scrub Phase.

If you’re not sure which foods are allowed during each phase, make sure you take a look at my 17 Day Kickstart Diet Food List.

Is Pan Seared Salmon with Mediterranean Salsa Fresca Keto Friendly?

If you’re on the Keto Diet, this dish can be eaten as is and is a better-for-you salmon dish with the omega-3 fats that salmon is well known for.

More Low Carb Salmon Recipes

If you really like salmon, try out these other recipes:

Other Low Carb Fish Recipes

If you’re a big fan of fish and you want more low carb fish recipes to add to your dinner rotation, you’ll love these other fabulous low carb fish recipes:

If you make this Pan Seared Salmon dish, please come back to review the recipe below. If you’re on social media, make sure you tag me @17ddblog so I can see your dish! Enjoy!

Pan Seared Salmon with Mediterranean Salsa Fresca

Pan Seared Salmon with Mediterranean Salsa Fresca

Pan Seared Salmon with Mediterranean Salsa Fresca

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Inactive Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 48 minutes

The combination of bell pepper and olives is out of this world!


For the Salmon:

  • 4 salmon fillets, skinned (roughly 1 ¼ – 1 ½ pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • Olive oil
  • Mediterranean Salsa Fresca (see recipe below)

For the Mediterranean Salsa Fresca:

  • 1 cup small cherry or sugar tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 small cucumber, finely diced
  • 1/4 yellow bell pepper, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoon pitted kalamata olives, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoon red onion, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Salt and Black pepper


For the salmon:

  1. Place the salmon fillets onto a plate, and drizzle enough olive oil to lightly cover all sides.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine all other ingredients for the salmon and mix well.
  3. Evenly coat the salmon with mixture and allow the salmon to marinate for at least 20 minutes.

While the salmon is marinating, prepare the salsa:

  1. Combine all salsa ingredients in a small bowl, and salt and pepper to taste, mix with a spoon to combine, cover and keep covered and in the fridge until ready to serve.
  2. When your salmon is finished marinating, place a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat and heat enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan.
  3. Once oil is hot, add salmon and sear on the first side for about 4 minutes, or until golden brown.
  4. Flip salmon over and cook for another 3-4 minutes, until done.
  5. Top the cooked salmon with the Mediterranean Salsa Fresca.


Approved for:

17 Day Diet - all cycles

17 Day Kickstart Diet - all phases

Keto Diet

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Check out my original #repost on Instagram of this recipe. I modified the recipe to make it easier to read and slimmed down the directions to make it simpler. Check out the original creator, @thecozyapron


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