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Mediterranean Salmon and Spaghetti Recipe by Derval O’Rourke

This salmon and spaghetti recipe is super-quick and full of Mediterranean flavour. While the spaghetti is hearty and filling, the sauce is refreshing and light. This recipe is not suitable for the freezer but the leftovers are great the next day as a cold pasta salad, which is a handy option if you’re dining al desko or want a hassle-free lunch at home. If you want, you can double the quantity of salmon and bake in bulk: leftover roasted salmon is a fantastic and nutritious sandwich-filler.


4 × 100g salmon fillets, skinned
2 tbsp butter
salt and pepper
200g wholewheat spaghetti
2 tbsp olive oil
5 garlic cloves, crushed
12 cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tbsp capers, rinsed and roughly chopped
2 tbsp grated Parmesan
1 handful of basil leaves
2 handfuls of rocket leaves


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Place the salmon fillets, skin-side down, in an ovenproof dish. Rub the butter over the salmon fillets and season well. Cover the dish with foil and place it in the oven for 15 minutes or until the salmon is cooked through.
2. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti according to the instructions on the package.
3. Heat the oil in a large pan over a low heat. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, capers and Parmesan. Tear the basil leaves and stir them into the pan. Toss in the cooked pasta and mix well.
4. Divide the pasta between warmed serving bowls and top with the cooked salmon. Divide the rocket evenly between the bowls and serve.

Salmon Recipe Derval O'Rourke


derval o'rourkeDerval has held the title of World Champion in sprint hurdles and competed for Ireland in three Olympic Games. She also picked up four European Championship medals and holds the Irish record for sprint hurdles.
Now that Derval is retired from athletics and is a busy young mum, her focus is on fitting exercise and healthy, pleasurable eating into a hectic schedule. The Fit Foodie is full of simple, delicious and totally doable recipes such as Laid-Back Lamb Tagine, Mediterranean Salmon and Spaghetti, and Butternut and Bean Stew. Derval shares smart and inspiring advice on how to get organised so that good food and exercise are a seamless part of your life,

As both a foodie and fitness fanatic she is passionate about experimenting with healthy, nutritious recipes, which she shares through her blog (, on Twitter (@DervalORourke) and now in this book.

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