By People Staff
Updated March 17, 2013 03:45 PM
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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.

4. Drizzle salmon with glaze. Serve immediately.