With 2019 over, many have added “eat healthy” to their resolution lists. Last year, we enjoyed Napa wine tasting, decadent meals at the many famous restaurants of the valley, and of course another great holiday season.
Who doesn’t feel like they ate a bit too heavy over the holidays? Well this wonderfully light and bright recipe will get your new year off to a healthy start. This salmon recipe can be mixed up as you see fit – swap salmon with your favorite protein like lean chicken breast or good ol’ lima beans.  You can also swap the green beans for broccoli or brussels sprouts.
The use of parchment paper makes prep and clean-up super easy for those busy weekday meals.  The paper also makes for a superb flavor medley while keeping everything very moist and tender.

TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes


  • 4 salmon fillets (approx. 6 oz each)
  • ¾ lbs. green beans, stem trimmed
  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 teaspoons of capers
  • Olive oil


  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Clean and pat dry salmon fillets. If your fillets have skin on, you can choose to either leave it on or carefully remove with a sharp knife.
  • Place each salmon fillet on parchment paper (skin side down). Parchment paper should be approximately 16” long.  Add a small dash of salt and pepper to the salmon.
  • Top each salmon fillet with 1-2 slices of lemon and 1 teaspoon of capers, if using.
  • Divide green beans among the 4 salmon packets. Add another little dash of salt and pepper. Drizzle each packet with a little olive oil.
  • Take two (long) edges of the parchment paper up and begin to fold down until tight to the top of the salmon and green beans. Take the two open ends and fold a few times to create a nice little seal.
  • Place each packet on a rimmed cookie sheet and bake for 12-16 minutes. The edges of the paper will begin to brown and the salmon should be medium doneness.
  • Carefully open each packet being mindful of the hot steam. Plate and enjoy.  Can be served with rice or other starch if you like.

Pair with your favorite Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Noir from any Napa Valley wineries. Enjoy your own Napa wine tasting and food pairing experience!