Smokey Mood Boosting Mediterranean Salmon

with pearl couscous

Nothing fishy about this one ya’ll, oh except the salmon, you could say that’s pretty fishy. It’s no secret that fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have an array of health benefits such as being cardioprotective, anti-inflammatory and mood boosting. Fatty fish including salmon, mackerel, anchovies, sardines and herring, easily remembered by the acronym SMASH fish, are nutrient-rich, high in omega-3s, and are lower in mercury compared to bigger fish.

What is the link between fatty acids and our mood? We’re calling this the “food mood flow”. 

Studies show that dietary fatty acids stimulate the production of dopamine in our brain, also known as the "happy hormone". Dopamine gives us feelings of well-being and spikes when we experience something pleasurable, hello happy salmon. Salmon also has a high level of tryptophan, an amino acid important for synthesising serotonin which also belongs to the feel good hormone family. Unlike dopamine, gut bacteria manufacture about 90 percent of the body's serotonin, positively influencing both mood and gastrointestinal health. What better reason to add this recipe to your weekly repertoire, paired here with fennel, lemon and mint to further help aid digestion.

This quick and healthy nourishing salad is not only a rich source of protein, antioxidants and minerals but also contains heart-healthy mono-unsaturated fats to aid digestion, support glowing skin and support those feel good hormones.


250g pearl couscous

2 tbsp smoked paprika

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp coriander

3 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1 small onion, diced 

1.5 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved

Juice of 1 lemon

3 tbsp basil, fresh

1 cucumber, sliced

1 lemon, juice of 

1/2 cup parsley

1 red chilli 

½ cup mixed olives, pitted 

2 tsp black pepper

Pinch of salt

3 tbsp olive oil + more as needed

1/2 cup feta cheese

3-4 salmon fillets

1 cup rocket


2 tsp Vegetable Broth Garden Veggie 

  1. Cook couscous in veggie broth according to packet instructions.
  2. Fry onion, garlic and ½ tomatoes together with spices. Squeeze in 1/2 lemon juice. Season. Place on a platter and keep warm.
  3. Season fillets then fry salmon in a little olive oil until caramelised on both sides until cooked to your liking.
  4. Chop parsley and chilli together.
  5. Place salmon fillets over couscous, then top with remaining tomatoes, cucumber, parsley mixture, basil and rocket.
  6. Squeeze remaining lemon juice over the dish and enjoy. 

Serves 3-4


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