So it’s Valentines Day and you want to impress your date with something fancy and beautifully plated, but you only have half an hour to spend in the kitchen.

We gotchu, fam.

This Mustard-Crusted Salmon sits on a cirtrus-y bed of cauliflower salad that can function as a rice substitute (think of it as upgraded cauliflower rice) and is playfully garnished with bright green parsley. It looks like a masterpiece on the plate alone with its range of colors and textures. Biting into it reveals the pinkish-orange salmon hue, with the fish meat moist and soft as cheeks. Your date will never guess that you cooked it in a microwave, and we won’t tell either.

Microwave Salmon and Cauliflower Salad

  • Serves: 2 people
  • Active time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Special tools: Microwave


Salad Base

  • 1 large head of cauliflower

Salad Dressing

  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp dill, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cashews, chopped
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Mustard-Crusted Salmon

  • 16-20 oz. salmon fillet
  • 1/4 cup mustard
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 slices of lemon, seeds removed


  1. Thoroughly wash the cauliflower and shave into thin slices. Set aside.
  2. Mix all the dressing components together in a bowl. Pour half over cauliflower, tossing to coat. Set the other half aside.
  3. Place the salmon on a microwave-safe dish. Spread the mustard all over the surface of the salmon. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Shingle the thin slices of lemon over the salmon to protect the fish and prevent from overcooking.
  5. Cover the dish tightly in plastic wrap then poke a few holes in the plastic with a fork to allow the steam to escape.
  6. Microwave the salmon for 3-5 minutes, depending on the setting of your microwave.
  7. If the salmon is not yet done, cook in 30 second intervals until a thermometer inserted in the thickest part reads 145F.
  8. Remove from the microwave and remove the plastic.
  9. Place the salmon on a platter with the shaved cauliflower salad.
  10. Serve the remaining dressing on the side or on top of the fish.

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