Recipe: Salmon with White Beans and Watercress

The salmon is poached with white beans for a light-tasting dish that's high in fiber.

Salmon, White Beans and Watercress
Salmon, White Beans and Watercress

Salmon with White Beans and Watercress

Adapted from Prevention’s Health Guaranteed Cookbook

This recipe packs a wallop of nutritional benefits from the Omega-3 fatty acids in the salmon, the fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals in the beans as well as the fiber, vitamins and minerals in the watercress and parsley.

The salmon is poached with white beans for a light-tasting dish that’s high in fiber.

Serves: 4 | Prep: 15 min |Cook: 12 min |Total: 30 min


4 salmon fillets (4 ounces each)
Sea salt, to taste
Finely ground white pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons water
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
4 plum tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup low fat, reduced-sodium, chicken broth
1 bunch watercress, rinsed and coarsely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley


1. Coat a broiler pan with no-stick spray. Preheat the broiler.
2. Season the salmon fillets with the salt and pepper; place on a broiler pan. Broil 4″ from the heat for 3 minutes per side, or until just opaque in the center when tested with a sharp knife.
3. Place the water in a large no-stick skillet. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
4. Add the garlic and stir for 1 minute.
5. Add the beans, tomatoes, and broth. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until heated through.
6. Add the watercress and parsley and cook for 30 seconds, or until the watercress begins to wilt.
7. Season with the salt and pepper and serve with the salmon.

Recipe Notes: Watercress is a delicate, leafy green that’s actually a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables. It has a sharp mustard-like flavor that complements the mild white beans and tomatoes in this dish. If watercress is unavailable, try substituting arugula, which has a pungent, peppery bite.

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