Spice-Rubbed Salmon Bowl

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Eva Amurri Martino shares the recipe for her mexican spice-rubbed salmon bowls with a cilantro-lime vinaigrette

This blog post was originally published on May 4th, 2017.

Have I mentioned how much I loooove Mexican food?  The bright colors and burst of flavors are always so exciting! I’m a spice fan for sure, and Mexican spice combinations are as zesty as they get. I’ve been known to ask a kitchen or two to chop me up a jalapeno to sprinkle on top of whatever I’m eating.  Ok, this was mostly a pregnancy thing– but I still like my food zesty and spicy whenever I can get it!  I wanted to offer you an option for a festive Mexican-inspired meal that is so simple to make and really healthy too! This bold and beautiful Spice-Rubbed Salmon Bowl is so delicious and will satisfy all those food cravings without weighing you down. The cilantro and lime vinaigrette is one of my faves, and I use it on everything.  You can see how I pair it with baked fish here, but it also totally sings in this salmon bowl.  Mix up a little extra and use it on salads and grilled chicken or veggies, too! It will keep for 48 hours in the fridge.

Raw salmon sits next to a bowl of Mexican Spice rub for Eva Amurri Martino's healthy salmon bowls


Makes 2 Salmon Bowls

Raw salmon sits on the colorful cutting board with the Mexican Spice rub applied

Mix the first 6 ingredients together to make the Mexican Spice Rub.  Rub it all over both salmon filets, and then place the filets in a ziploc bag and refrigerate for 15-30 mins.  Using the last 7 ingredients in the list, make your Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette.  Simply add the ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth! When you’re ready to cook the salmon, prepare your grill.  You may also use a grill pan, just make sure that the grill pan is oiled and sizzling hot.  Grill both pieces of salmon to desired doneness.  I prefer my salmon medium, and put it on for approximately 4 minutes on each side.  While this is cooking, assemble your bowl.  Place the rice in the bottom of the bowl, and put the vegetables on top.  When the salmon has finished cooking, put each piece on top of the vegetables in the bowl and douse with Vinaigrette! The more the better! Enjoy warm.

Mexican Spice-Rubbed Salmon cooks on a grill pan
Eva Amurri Martino's colorful and healthy Mexican Spice-Rubbed Salmon Bowl
Eva Amurri Martino's colorful and healthy Mexican Spice-Rubbed Salmon Bowl

Spiced-Rubbed Salmon Bowl

Do you love Salmon? If so, this Spiced-Rubbed Salmon Bowl is just for you! A nice healthy blend of carbs, protein and veggies! A great healthy recipe to kick off the new year too!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 bowls
Calories 722 kcal


  • Refrigerator
  • Food Processor
  • Stove



  • Mix together onion powder, seasoned salt, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, chili powder, and ground cumin to make the Mexican Spice Rub.
  • Rub on both sides of the Salmon and place into a Ziploc bag and refrigerate for 15-30 minutes.
  • Add lime zest, lime juice, seasoned rice vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, jalapeno pepper, cilantro, salt and pepper to a food processor and blend until smooth. This makes the Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette.
  • Grill the salmon to your liking and prepare your bowl.
  • When salmon is cooked add it to your bowl and douse with the vinaigrette- enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Spiced-Rubbed Salmon Bowl
Amount Per Serving (2 bowls)
Calories 722 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Fat 38g58%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 27g
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 938mg41%
Potassium 824mg24%
Carbohydrates 87g29%
Fiber 14g58%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 1523IU30%
Vitamin C 90mg109%
Calcium 117mg12%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword Avocado, Beans, Rice, Salmon
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A close up view of the bright green Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
Eva Amurri Martino's Mexican Spice-Rubbed Salmon Bowl doused in Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

I hope you enjoy this Salmon Bowl as much as I do!

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  1. Lisa says:

    This looks amazing, will be making this ASAP!

    05.04.17 Reply
  2. Amber says:

    Eva: I love your recipes! Thanks for sharing them. A request… would it be possible for you to share printer friendly versions of your recipes as well. I like to print them out for my collection of favorites but would like to conserve paper. Thanks!!

    05.05.17 Reply
  3. The bright colors in this dish totally have me sold! The salad looks gorgeous, such a healthy, delicious meal! Might give this a go soon!

    06.02.17 Reply
  4. Jenn says:

    Made these last night and they are SO good! Will be a regular in our house for sure. Thanks for sharing!

    07.20.17 Reply
    • Yay! I am so picky about YUMMY food so I only put up recipes that I LOVE. Glad you loved it as much as I do! xx

      07.20.17 Reply
  5. M says:

    Made these tonight- one of our new favorite meals, no question!!

    05.07.18 Reply