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Cashew Pesto Baked Salmon

Cashew Pesto Baked Salmon

A quick and delicious baked salmon topped with a creamy, nutty pesto with a bright zing of lemon.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner, lunch
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4 people

Equipment

  • food processor

Ingredients
  

Cashew Pesto

  • 1/2 cup dry roasted cashews
  • 1/2 cup basil fresh, leaves only
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated or shredded
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon juiced

Cashew Pesto Baked Salmon

  • 4 6-8oz portions salmon
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup cashew pesto from recipe above
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

Cashew Pesto

  • Place cashews, basil, parmesan and garlic in your food processor and pulse 4-5 times to chop and mix ingredients.
  • Add olive oil and lemon juice and pulse until pesto is combined and creamy but not fully pureed. Salt and pepper to taste.

Cashew Pesto Baked Salmon

  • Turn your oven on to BROIL.
  • Place salmon portions on a parchment lined sheet pan, skin side down.
  • Brush each salmon portion with olive oil (or use the back of a spoon to spread the olive oil all over each salmon portion). Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Roast under the broiler for 3-4 minutes until salmon begins to form a slight brown crust.
  • Remove salmon from the oven and switch oven setting from BROIL to 425*.
  • Spread pesto on top of each salmon portion in a thick layer.
  • Return the salmon to the oven and bake for 7-10 minutes until cooked through (145*-150*). Salmon thickness will vary be careful not to overcook the fish.
  • Serve each portion of salmon with a generous spoonful of Cashew Pesto underneath.
Keyword 30 minutes or less, Basil, Cashews, Healthyish, Lemon, Pesto, Salmon