Date Night Dinner Recipe!

Denise Austin by Denise Austin | February 10, 2022 | Nutrition

It’s almost Valentine’s Day… so why not treat your partner – and/or yourself! – to a delicious date night dinner recipe!? A homemade meal allows you to be creative, thoughtful, and shows you care…plus it lets you control what you are eating. When you dine out, restaurants often add a lot more salt, fat and sugar than you typically would do when you cook at home. So a date night dinner recipe can be a healthier option, too!

This Grilled Ginger Salmon with Asparagus date night dinner recipe is from my latest magazine, Fit Over 50: Make This Your Year! I love it because it is not only delicious, but healthy, too! It has:

  • Salmon. An excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is a versatile, savory superfood!  The unsaturated fatty acid that salmon provides has been linked to a variety of health benefits, such as protecting against age-related memory loss, protecting your joints, and even has heart healthy benefits, too.
  • Ginger. I love ginger – not just for the taste, but for it’s healthful properties, too. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory spice that has been linked to a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s, can promote a healthy cardiovascular system, can minimize congestion when you are stuffed up, and more. Ginger is a wonderful spice for colder months, and in this recipe adds a nice zing to the meal!
  • Asparagus. A natural diuretic, asparagus is low in calories but high in many nutrients, including vitamins K, A and C, and is an excellent source of folate. It is good for your digestive health, has heart protective properties, and tastes delicious, too.

So give this date night dinner recipe a try this Valentine’s Day – or any day!! And for more recipes like this, check out my Fit Over 50: Make This Your Year! magazine. I have healthy treats (think Coconut and Berry Chia Pudding), an entire section of fun mocktails, breakfast and lunch recipes, and more – including a 7-day Meal Plan!

Let’s live EVER BETTER™ – together!


Grilled Ginger Salmon With Asparagus

Courtesy of Fit Over 50: Make This Your Year!

Makes 2 servings



Two, 3 1⁄2 oz. salmon steaks

2 Tbsp. minced ginger

2 Tbsp. lite soy sauce

2 cups asparagus, steamed

4 cups salad of your choice


2⁄3 cup olive oil

1⁄2 cup red wine vinegar

2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

1 tsp. black pepper

1/2 tsp. salt



1. Place salmon steaks on a 12-inch sheet of foil and top with ginger and soy sauce. Crimp edges of foil together and grill or bake at 350°F, 20 minutes.

While salmon is cooking, steam asparagus. In a large skillet over medium heat, add asparagus and enough water to cover the bottom of the pan. Cover and steam until tender, about 3 to 5 minutes.

3. Make the dressing: Combine all the ingredients in an airtight container with a secure lid. Shake dressing before each use, and store leftover dressing in the refrigerator.

4. Serve salmon with asparagus and salad tossed with 2 Tbsp. dressing.

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