Easy Pesto Salmon

Easy Pesto Salmon Recipe
Randy Mayor; Mary Catherine Muir
This easy pesto salmon is the perfect choice for a fresh and light summertime meal.


2 servings (serving size: 1 salmon fillet and 1/3 cup rice)

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 443
Caloriesfromfat 45 %
Fat 22.1 g
Satfat 3.5 g
Monofat 12 g
Polyfat 4.4 g
Protein 38.7 g
Carbohydrate 20.6 g
Fiber 3.1 g
Cholesterol 111 mg
Iron 3.2 mg
Sodium 483 mg
Calcium 96 mg


2 cups fresh spinach leaves
1/2 cup basil leaves
1/4 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 garlic cloves, peeled
Cooking spray
2 (6-ounce) salmon fillets, skinned
2/3 cup hot cooked brown rice


Preheat oven to 400°.

Place the first 6 ingredients in a food processor or blender, and process until smooth. Spoon 3 tablespoons pesto into bottom of an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with the salmon fillets, and spread with the remaining pesto.

Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Serve with rice.


As one CL reader said --"We grow basil on our porch and are always looking for tasty new ways to use it. I created this dish on a whim to try and get my husband to eat salmon. I succeeded: He loved it, and now he even requests it on occasion. The salmon tastes wonderful served with grilled or steamed vegetables."

April 2001
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