May 11, 2020 3 min read

Here at Be, we know that wellness goes way beyond just exercise and fitness. Wellness is fully embedded in all aspects of the mind, body, and soul and is a continuous practice that should leave you feeling empowered and revitalized. A huge aspect of wellness is through the food we consume. During these unique times, the food we eat makes a huge impact on our immune health, mental health, and physical health. Choosing foods that fuel our brain, immune system, and nourish us from the inside out is so important!

That’s why we are so happy to share this delicious, simple, and brain supporting recipe from Cal of So Cal Cooks that the whole family is sure to love.


Salmon with Avocado-Tomato-Avocado Salsa


Even in the midst of all the uncertainty and the lack of control that so many of us are experiencing, there's so much we can do to boost our physical and emotional health—both through movement and exercise as well as the foods we choose to eat. At my house, we call this the happy brain dinner. Like so many kids, mine go through phases where they love salmon and then hate salmon and then discover that, wait (!), they do like it. This dish is fairly simple to make, pretty to look at (we all eat with our eyes to some extent, especially kids) and chock full of ingredients—tomatoes, avocado, salmon, garlic—that are good for you. 


“There’s so much we can do to boost our physical and emotional health -- both through movement and exercise as well as the foods we choose to eat.”


When I buy salmon, I like to pick salmon filets that still have the skin on it. The skin has the highest concentration of omega-3 fatty acids on the fish. Plus, when you grill or cook the filet in the pan, the skin gives you a buffer between the fish's delicate flesh and a hot pan or grill. I suggest putting a little oil and salt on the skin before cooking, so it'll crisp up nicely. Sprinkle the top of the filet with chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic, salt and pepper. If you don't have all the spices, don't worry—salt and pepper will do in a pinch. The beauty is in the salsa and it's what makes me kids eat up the salmon. 


Feel free to adjust the measurements to your taste. Use less or more of the ingredients as you like. Same with the seasonings. These measurements are simply guidelines. If your family prefers cod, that's fine too. You can also use the seasoning mix and topping on chicken. Play with it and create something that suits your and your family's taste. Enjoy!



For Salmon:

  • 4 salmon filets, about 2 lbs. total
  • 3/4 TSP salt
  • 3/4 TSP black pepper
  • 1 TSP chili powder
  • 1 TSP smoked paprika
  • 1 TSP ground cumin
  • 1 TSP garlic powder
  • 1 TBSP grapeseed/vegetable oil


Cal's delicious Salmon

For Corn Avocado Salsa:

  • 2 ears corn on the cob, husked. or 1 1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 2 avocados, chopped
  • 12 oz. grape/cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 TBSP cilantro, chopped
  • 2 TBSP fresh lime juice
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/2 TSP salt
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste



  1. Preheat the grill to medium-high.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together all the seasonings for the salmon.
  3. Rub the oil on the skin of each filet and sprinkle some salt over it.
  4. Sprinkle the seasoning mix over each filet.
  5. Grill salmon skin side down to desired temperature. You can also cook the salmon in a pan/skillet.
  6. Place both ears of corn on the grill, turning throughout the grilling process. Let it get some char marks.
  7. Remove salmon and corn from the grill. 
  8. Let salmon rest and let the corn cool.
  9. Shave corn kernels off the cob (or use the thawed corn), place in a medium bowl and mix with the rest of the salsa ingredients.
  10. Top salmon with salsa and serve.
  11. Leftovers? Throw everything on top of a bed of lettuce for an immediate new dish!


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