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An overhead photo of a bowl with macaroni and cheese, kale and a filet of salmon. Lemon slices top the salmon filet.
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5 from 2 votes

Salmon Mac and Cheese Bowls with Kale

Upgrade your typical mac and cheese with these salmon mac and cheese kale bowls. They are perfect for a quick and easy weeknight dinner and something that the whole family will love!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: salmon mac and cheese bowls
Servings: 2


  • 2 6 oz salmon filets
  • 1 box your favorite macaroni and cheese pasta I like Annie’s or Banza
  • 1 bunch dinosaur Lacinato kale, chopped
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil divided
  • sea salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • lemon slices for serving


  • Preheat oven to 475°F.
  • Follow the package directions for making the mac and cheese.
    Boxed macaroni and cheese prepared in a sauce pot. A wooden spoon rests in the bowl.
  • Meanwhile coat each salmon filet with with a little olive oil (about 1/2 teaspoon per filet) and liberally season with salt and pepper. Add salmon to baking dish and bake for 5-6 minutes. You may need to cook longer, depending on the size of your salmon filets. Turn broiler on and broil for 1 additional minute, just to give the outside a little crisp and for the salmon to turn golden brown.
    Baked salmon filets in a baking dish.
  • While salmon is baking, heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add chopped kale and sauté for 5 minutes or until kale is wilted. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    Sautéed kale in a sauté pan.
  • Remove salmon from the oven and serve. Grab two shallow bowls. Add salmon with fresh lemon slices on top, sautéed kale and a portion of mac and cheese. Enjoy warm.
    Macaroni and cheese, salmon and kale added to a bowl.


  • Recipe inspired and adapted from this article on Self.com.


Serving: 1 salmon filet w/ kale and mac and cheese | Calories: 650kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 66g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 4.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 1139mg | Potassium: 912mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 6g