Salmon with Pesto
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Here, sizzling seared salmon is topped with a light and flavorful herb pesto.
Servings: 2 fillets
  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 TB. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 3 TB. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 TB. toasted pine nuts
  • [1/4] cup plus 2 TB. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 (6-oz.) salmon fillets
  • [1/2] medium lemon
  1. In a food processor fitted with a chopping blade, pulse basil, garlic, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, [1/2] teaspoon salt, and [1/2] teaspoon black pepper 15 times.
  2. Add Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, and [1/4] cup extra-virgin olive oil, and pulse 15 more times. Set aside.
  3. Set salmon fillets on a plate. Drizzle both sides with remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and season with remaining [1/2] teaspoon salt and remaining [1/2] teaspoon black pepper.
  4. In a large, nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat remaining 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil. Add salmon, and cook for 5 minutes per side.
  5. Place salmon on a serving plate, spoon 2 tablespoons pesto over each piece, and serve warm.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 fillet Calories: 403 Fat: 26g Saturated fat: 5g Carbohydrates: 20g Sodium: 1181mg Fiber: 5g Protein: 24g Cholesterol: 70mg
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