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Roast Salmon With Walnut-Flaxseed Pesto

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    For the Walnut-Flaxseed Pesto

    2 tablespoons walnuts, toasted

    2 tablespoons flaxseeds

    2 cups packed fresh basil or Italian parsley leaves

    1 to 2 garlic cloves, peeled

    ½ lemon, zest and juice

    3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

    2 to 4 tablespoons water


    2 (6-ounce) pieces of salmon with skin

    2 tablespoons olive oil

    Salt and pepper

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Nutrition Facts


662 cals


50 g

Saturated Fat

11 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

15 g

Monounsaturated Fat

19 g


11 g


2 g


6 g


45 g


733 mg


  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a food processor combine the walnuts and flaxseed, process until ground, about 1-2 minutes. Add basil or parsley, garlic, lemon, parmesan, and 2 tablespoons water. Puree until smooth and thick, adding more water, a little at a time, if necessary.
  3. Place a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet, and place salmon pieces on parchment, skin side down. Drizzle olive oil evenly over salmon and add a pinch of salt and pepper on top. Place salmon in oven and roast for 12-15 minutes, until salmon flakes easily or internal temperature reaches 145F. When ready, remove salmon from oven, let rest for a couple minutes before using a spatula to separate salmon from its baked skin and place on a serving dish. Slather pesto over top of salmon, as desired.

Chef Tips

Store the pesto in an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 1 week, or frozen for up to a month. For easy portioning and thawing, freeze your stored pesto in ice cube trays, which are perfect for using in soups and salads.

For a creamier pesto, blend all ingredients as outlined in this recipe, but replace Parmesan and water with equal amounts of Greek yogurt.

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