Salmon with Nuts and Pesto

Salmon fish from the sea,
How satisfied you make me
Is it weird to love thee?
-An Ode to a Salmon by Athena Hood

I love salmon and it really does love you back! Salmon is a very good source of easily digestible proteins (amino acids), and fatty acids like Omega-3 in the form of triglyceride, as well as vitamins like vitamin-D, vitamin-A and some members of the vitamin-B family. It also contains minerals like selenium, zinc, phosphorus, calcium and iron.

I love au naturel salmon as much as the next person, but when I want to dress it up and feel fancy, I add pesto, nuts and parmesan to the mix. Think of it as salmon in a tuxedo…ok, that might be a bit much. Better if you think about this recipe the next time you decide to cook salmon, deal?

Salmon with Nuts and Pesto

Salmon with Nuts and Pesto
Serves 4

4 salmon fillets (6 oz portion seems to work the best)
2-3 Tablespooons of pesto
2-3 Tablespoons of mayo
1 cup of crushed pecans or walnuts
Grated Parmesan cheese (shredded gave it a weird consistency)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Spray rimmed sheet pan with non-stick or line pan with non-stick foil.
Combine pesto and mayo to make a paste.
Place salmon on sheet pan and spread paste on fillets.
Sprinkle crushed nuts on top, taking care to push them into the paste.
Sprinkle parmesan, to your taste.

Bake for approximately 8 minutes. If it flakes, it’s done.