Breithlá sona duit!!

6 Mar

No, I did not make up my own kind of language. Breithlá sona duit means “Happy Birthday” in Irish Gaelic.

Today is a very special person’s birthday. My Dad. And in honor of him, he asked me to come up with a salmon dish…. you know, something besides adding some salt & pepper before throwing it on the grill.

Dad requested something sweet & maybe with a little bourbon. I can do sweet, but no bourbon. I have a Monday Bourbon Free rule. I know that sounds shocking, but it’s true. My liver needs a break.

Instead, I create a marinade with lime juice, cilantro & cumin. YUM. The leftover marinade turned into my sauce for the baked fish. I added some olive oil and honey in my blender with the cilantro marinade and it turned out to be just the right amount of sweet. To round out the meal, I created a veggie filled couscous salad. It was really light and paired nicely with the salmon.

If you have leftovers, this meal is easily made into a salad. This morning, I “flaked” the salmon and added it to my left over couscous, then I drizzled the cilantro honey sauce over it. It was so good!! And it made me really happy to have such a great lunch. (Subway can get a little old after a while.)

So Dad, I hope this recipe hits the spot. If you miss the bourbon, have a little on the side in a shot glass. After all, it is YOUR birthday!

Cilantro Honey Salmon & Veggie Couscous Salad

  • 3/4 cup chopped cilantro, divided
  • 2/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • Salt & pepper
  • 2 (6 ounce) salmon fillets
  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 tbs. honey
  • 1 box couscous, prepared as directed on package
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 3 green onions, chopped thin
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine 1/4 cup cilantro, lime juice, garlic, cumin and paprika in a small bowl. Season with salt & pepper. Spray two pieces of tin foil with cooking spray. Place a salmon fillet in the center of each piece of tine foil. Pour 1/4 cup of marinade over the fillets. (share 1/4 cup between both fillets.) Wrap up each fillet in the tin foil. Bake for 20 minutes.
  2. Transfer the remaining marinade to the blender. Add 1/2 cup cilantro, olive oil and honey; puree until smooth. Taste, add additional seasoning if needed.
  3. Cook couscous according to directions on the package. Add red pepper, green onions & carrots when the couscous is ready to be fluffed. Put the lid back on the pot for 3 minutes; the veggies will soften slightly.
  4. When the salmon is done, take each fillet out of the foil. Top with salmon & couscous with honey cilantro sauce.

4 Responses to “Breithlá sona duit!!”

  1. ringfingertanline March 6, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    delish! what a nice, light meal. and I LOVE couscous.

    another unexpectedly good way to make salmon is to glaze the top with some dijon mustard, place a couple of chicken bouillon cubes on it (weird, I know), wrap it in foil and throw it on the grill. amazing and super simple.

  2. Bill March 6, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    You are such a fun and talented daughter. Thank you. I know it’s going to be as good as all the other great dishes you produce

  3. hungrygems March 7, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    Okay so honey, cilantro and salmon are three of my favorite foods. This dad of yours is on to something…I’m going to assume it is Bill above me or that’s just weird…

    Nice work Bill- oh yeah, and you too TTF! =)

    Looks divine!

    • Miss Tasty March 11, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

      Your favorite foods??!! I’m super glad you saw this post then 🙂

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