Smoked Paprika Salmon with Wilted Watercress




This elegant and simple recipe from Forever Young contains two superfoods- salmon and watercress- as well as the anti inflammatory all star spice, cinnamon.

Serves 8

  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 pounds wild salmon fillets
  • 1 tablespoon mild smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Saigon cinnamon (available at most supermarkets)
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 bunches B&W watercress


  1. Mix the orange juice, the 2 tablespoons oil, and 1 teaspoon of the thyme in a small bowl. Place the salmon in a large glass baking dish, add the marinade, and turn to coat well. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a baking dish with foil and grease the foil.
  3. Mix the paprika, cinnamon, orange zest, sea salt, and remaining 1 teaspoon thyme in a small bowl.
  4. Remove the salmon from the marinade and place it in the prepared baking dish; discard any remaining marinade. Rub the smoked paprika mixture evenly over the salmon. Roast in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.
  5. Wash and trim the watercress. Heat the remaining teaspoon oil, add the watercress, and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until wilted. Serve the salmon over the watercress.

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2 thoughts on “Smoked Paprika Salmon with Wilted Watercress

  1. Dr. Perricone,

    can you please tell me… is a vegan diet good for the skin?

    Thank you!!


    • Hi Christine. If the diet is balanced with enough protein and healthy fats, then yes. Adequate protein can be difficult to consume in strict plant based diets.


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