Show Your Sweetie You Heart Them Beyond Valentine’s Day

by Christina Meyer-Jax, Tastemaker in Residence

 FOX-9  broadcast

Nothing says I love you more than your heart-felt concern for your sweetie’s well being and I have some tips for perfectly-portioned treats and sweets (and other fun items) that will keep you on the road to a healthy lifestyle beyond Valentine’s Day.

Here is one of the recipes I will be featuring (adapted from
Good for your Heart Quinoa-Avocado Salmon Salad


⅔ cup quinoa
2 fillets salmon
1 pint grape tomatoes
¼ cup cilantro
½ bunch scallions
½ red onion
2 limes
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 avocado
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup water
kosher salt
black pepper


  1. Cook Quinoa - Rinse quinoa under cold water using a fine mesh strainer. Place quinoa, 1 cup water, and a pinch salt in a medium pot over high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until water has evaporated and quinoa is tender, about 10 minutes. Remove pot from heat, cover, and set aside.
  2. Sear Salmon-Rinse salmon and pat dry with paper towel. Season on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium nonstick pan over medium heat. When oil is shimmering, add salmon. Sear until browned on outside and slightly opaque, about 5 minutes per side.
  3. Prepare remaining ingredients- Meanwhile, wash tomatoes, cilantro, and scallions. Halve tomatoes and finely chop cilantro and scallions. Peel red onion and mince.
  4. Prepare Quinoa Salad-Juice 1½ limes into a large bowl. Add halved tomatoes, chopped cilantro and scallions, minced onion, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and apple cider vinegar. Toss to combine. Stir in cooked quinoa. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
  5. Prepare Avocado-Halve avocado and discard pit. Using a spoon, carefully scoop out flesh and discard skin. Cut into thin slices. Squeeze over remaining half lime and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Plate Salad-Flake salmon with a fork. Divide quinoa evenly between two bowls. Top with avocado and salmon and serve.