Juniper’s Tequila Lime Salmon Places Second at Chef Challenge

 11/27/2022 | 12:39 PM 

November 1, 2022 (Denver & Lakewood, CO) – One of the most important questions asked by people who are looking to move into a senior living community is, “How is the food?”,” says Cindy Longfellow, Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Juniper Communities. “For many of us, our day centers around eating and the socialization that occurs at mealtime and in dining rooms. This is especially true in our communities.”

Longfellow added, “This is why we were so excited when our dining teams in the Denver area from The Spearly Center and Applewood Place placed in the Top 5 at a recent Culinary Creativity competition sponsored by Shamrock Foods at the Annual 2022 Colorado Health Care Association Fall Convention.”

With over 509 entries, the three chefs from Juniper Communities worked their culinary magic to win second place with their Tequila Lime Salmon recipe. The chefs share their version of this savory healthy meal with you.

Tequila Lime Salmon


¼ cup pineapple juice
¼ cup Tequila (Don Julio)
2 Jalapenos
1 Shallot
2 tbsp Brown sugar
2 tbsp honey
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp peppercorn black pepper
¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp Lime zest
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp lime juice
2 tsp minced cilantro
4 4-ounce skin-on Atlantic salmon

  1. Combine pineapple juice, tequila, jalapeno, shallots, brown sugar, honey, salt, peppercorn pepper, crushed red pepper flakes and lime zest in a fry pan on medium heat.
  2. Add oil and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  3. Reduce to a simmer for 10 min stirring occasionally
  4. Let cool to room temp and stir in lime juice
  5. Sear salmon to preference, remove skin
  6. Pour tequila lime glaze over salmon and garnish with cilantro

Juniper Communities is a leading provider of senior living communities across the nation. In the Denver market, it offers assisted living and memory care services at Juniper Village at Aurora, Juniper Village at Louisville, and Applewood Place and Lakewood Reserve in Lakewood. It also offers care at its Spearly Center in downtown Denver for individuals with chronic mental illness, brain injury or neurological disorders.

The Colorado Health Care Association and Center for Assisted Living provides resources to the professionals who work inside its member communities, and residents of those communities. From skilled nursing to rehab, memory care to assisted living, CHCA exists to improve long-term care in Colorado through education, advocacy, and political action.

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