We now have the opportunity to buy wild salmon locally. No, we don't live in Alaska and Pennsylvania is not known for it's salmon, but there is a couple in our local town that fell in love with commercial fishing and now travel to Alaska annually to harvest and sell wild salmon.
Salmon has wonderful health benefits such as healthy Omega-3s, high in protein and low in saturated fat. However, I have learned that most of the salmon that we buy at the grocer is 'farm raised' or 'ocean raised' which basically means the salmon are raised in pens, often injected with antibiotics and can have high levels of mercury. Farm raised salmon are often fed pellets and have added coloring.
Wild salmon is harvested from 'sustainable' environments that are not 'over-fished' which is safe for our environment. Because salmon are living and eating in their natural habitat, they are healthier overall. (resource: www.wildforsalmon.com)
This dish is not only healthy but was easy to prepare. The red pepper sauce can be served cool, like a salsa over the salmon and vegetables. The lemon peel and sweet basil add an earthy, citrus flavor to the dish. I also added a few red pepper flakes, which are optional, for just a touch of heat.