Baked Pesto Salmon & Tossed Balsamic Salad

Baked pesto salmon is one of my favorite dinners to make during the week because salmon cooks very quickly. We usually eat it with a side of veggies such as broccoli or zucchini but this time I tried it on top of balsamic tossed salad and wanted to share the recipe because it's a quick and healthy meal.

1 lb. fresh Wild Sockeye Salmon
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp. pesto
1 tbsp. minced garlic

Tossed Salad:
 Romaine lettuce, chopped
Raw pecan halves
Dried cranberries
Crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
Light balsamic vinaigrette

What To Do:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Wash salmon in cold water and cut in half to make two 1/2 lb fillets.
3. In a small bowl, mix together olive oil, pesto and minced garlic. Use basting brush to evenly spread pesto mixture on top of the salmon fillets.
4. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray and bake salmon for 18-20 minutes depending on the thickness of the salmon fillets.
5. While the salmon is baking, prep and toss salad with all the ingredients listed above.


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  1. Oh my word....salmon, pesto and balsamic??? YUM! Now if you could just deliver this to my front door, I'd be ever so grateful :)

  2. Such an easy, healthy meal! Switch the fish out for chicken and I'm in! :)

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  3. ah so easy! i need to cook salmon more often bc i love it. i have no excuse with fresh market downstairs! :)


  4. I mean you've literally made a weeknight meal for me!! I can't wait to try this!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  5. Yum!! I love learning how to make salmon in different ways. It's my favorite fish.

  6. Now, this is my kind of meal! It's just perfect and I so excited to try it!! Thank you Emliy, what a great recipe!! Happy Tuesday!!

  7. Ohh yum! I love salmon, but hardly ever get to eat it because my husband doesn't like it, lol!

  8. MMM! I've made a similar salad before but have never thought to put salmon with it - excited to try this.

  9. YUM! We have salmon all the time but have never thought about adding pesto to it. Trying this next time!!

  10. That looks delicious!!! I am not always the biggest fish fan (unless it is sushi) but I really want to try to spread my palette more.

  11. mmm this looks so good! i really need to make salmon at home one of these days.

  12. I loooove salmon! We have it about once a week, too and I'm always looking for new ways to cook it!

  13. You know we don't really do seafood in our house, but I've been trying to incorporate salmon into our diets here and there so I'll definitely have to try this :-D

  14. Ooh this just made me hungry. I might have to put salmon on the menu next week.

  15. I love salmon! I can't wait to try your recipe! :)

  16. I recently tried salmon for the first time and enjoyed it...this sounds great. I'll have to try it out!

  17. ok YUM!!! I love salmon!!! This looks pretty to do, too!
    xo, Candace | Lovely Little Rants

  18. You had me at pesto! This looks delicious!

  19. Ooh, this looks really tasty! Salmon, pesto and balsamic......yes please!