Giada De Laurentiis, star of The Food Network's Giada at Home and author of Weeknights with Giadi offers her "sweet and tangy" balsamic-glazed salmon as part of PEOPLE's Mediterranean diet special. The Med Diet favors fish over red meat to "cut back on cholesterol-clogging fat," says health expert Joy Bauer.
Balsamic-Glazed Salmon Serves 4
¾ cup balsamic vinegar 2 tbsp. maple syrup 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard 1 clove garlic, chopped 4 (6-oz.) center-cut salmon filets, skinned and boned 2 tbsp. olive oil 1 tsp. kosher salt ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1. Position oven rack to center position. Preheat oven to 400º
2. Boil vinegar and next 3 ingredients in a small saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer 12 minutes or until thickened. Set aside.
3. Arrange salmon on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Drizzle both sides of filets with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork. Cool 10 minutes.