Roasted Salmon with Apple-Almond Pesto

Roasted Salmon with Apple-Almond Pesto

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 302.5
  • Total Fat: 13.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 83.0 mg
  • Sodium: 72.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 14.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.8 g
  • Protein: 31.0 g

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This is a recipe that sounds (and tastes) fancy but is actually quite easy to make--and ready in just 15 minutes. This is a recipe that sounds (and tastes) fancy but is actually quite easy to make--and ready in just 15 minutes.
Number of Servings: 4


    16 ounces salmon fillets
    1 teaspoon unsalted butter
    2 Granny Smith Apples, diced
    1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
    1/2 bunch flat-leaf parsley, leaves only
    Pinch black pepper
    1/2 lemon, juiced


Salmon is full of Omega-3 fatty acids. While it's pricier than other varieties of fish, its nutritional benefits make it worth the price tag.

Wild salmon, while tasty, runs at least $12 a pound. Look for wild salmon to go on sale in summer and stock up, freezing the surplus.

When you're shopping for this recipe, buy double the ingredients and make an extra batch for Chef Meg's Salmon Cakes later in the week.


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the parsley leaves in a blender; puree, adding lemon juice and warm water until the mixture forms a paste. Season with black pepper. Heat a small sauce pan over medium and add the butter.
Once the butter has melted and is foaming, add apples and cook for 3 minutes. Remove the apples from the heat and add the almonds and parsley; toss to combine. Place the salmon, skin side down ihn a baking dish. Layer the pesto over the fish; roast for 12-15 minutes or until the meat is firm and just starting to flake.
Makes 4 three ounce servings with 1/4 cup of apples and pesto per serving.

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  • Very Good
    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
    This was really delicious and easy as can be! The only thing I would add is maybe some caramelized onion... but that's just personal preference. The recipes is healthy and fresh and tastes great. - 1/27/10

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  • 18 of 19 people found this review helpful
    Caramelized onions: Two medium onions: slice very thin, break apart into saute pan with 1 tbl melted butter and 1 tbl olive oil. Cook over to medium heat, stirring frequently until golden brown and very limp. Takes about 1/2 hour. Can be used on sandwiches, pizza, in French onion soup, etc. - 2/24/10

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  • 16 of 16 people found this review helpful
    The idea is good but the topping needed more fat - butter, olive oil, or butter with olive oil, to make it cook down into a cohesive combination. One tablespoon of any of these makes a big difference. - 8/14/11

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  • Very Good
    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
    Absolutely delicious - tho I confess, I never met a salmon fillet I didn't like. I agree with previous posters - next time I will also add a bit of sweet onion to the apple mix. - 8/10/11

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  • Bad
    9 of 25 people found this review helpful
    Not a big fan of the 'fishy' taste and thought this would be a good coverup. My family literally tossed this entire dish in the trash. The pesto was disgusting and the salmon did not cook well. I followed the recipe to a tee & know how to cook. Yuck! - 9/24/11

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