Ankylosing Spondylitis and Diet: Walnut Honey-Mustard Salmon

For those of you who think that your dietary cure to Ankylosing Spondylitis has to be a long, boring story filled with dry-as-sand chicken breast and iceberg lettuce or bacon and eggs every day I beg to differ.  I honestly don’t get bored on this diet and you shouldn’t either.  Here’s a really easy recipe for salmon (from a Costco cookbook of all places!):

Walnut Honey-Mustard Salmon

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons good mustard

2 cloves minced garlic

2 teaspoons basil or tarragon

1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

4 salmon filets

salt and pepper

  1. mix the honey, mustard, minced garlic, and basil in a bowl
  2. remove the salmon skin from the salmon filets
  3. spread mixture over tops and sides of salmon filets
  4. sprinkle walnuts over top and let salmon rest for about 10 minutes before cooking
  5. bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes or until done
  6. serve

I also like to season my fish with a little salt and pepper before adding the mixture to the top, but that’s just me.   You can use the salmon skin as well- just cut it up into a few pieces and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper and roast it along side the filets.  “Bacon of the sea” as Mark Sisson says.

Side Dishes

We served this with curried broccoli and a large spinach salad.  Curried broccoli is really easy too:

  1. chop the broccoli up into florets
  2. coat liberally in a bowl with olive oil
  3. spread on a baking pan and sprinkle curry, kosher salt, and a little pepper over the top
  4. bake at 400 for around 10-15 minutes.

You might want to take it out of the oven and mix it up about halfway through the cooking time, or you can mix it before hand and leave it cook straight through.  Take it out before the tips turn black.

I suppose this side dish would be low-starch as curry is technically starchy.  But it doesn’t bother me.  Be careful if you’re in the early stages of your NSD and are trying to be really strict.  Some folks are bothered by even the small amount of starch in spices like curry and pepper.  Experiment.  After several years on the diet I stopped reacting to starches found in curry and pepper.  A little salt and olive oil and fresh herbs would be a good substitute on this side dish if you can’t handle the curry.


I know the photo is not the best quality ever, but it’s a start.




  • Cfitim

    When I get home I’m gonna try this recipe out, it looks fabulous!!

  • Andrea Wyckoff

    I look forward to the day when I can add spices back in. I am desperately missing my curry, tumeric, cinnamon, cayenne & black pepper! I am feeling so awesome after the last 3 months on NSD that I think it won’t be long before I can spice things up again! 

    • Hi Andrea,
      Thanks for the comments.  Really glad that the diet is working for you!  Keep up the good work and let me know if you have any questions.

  • I can’t wait to try this recipe! Sounds delicious. So glad I found your website. – Katrina