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  • Writer's pictureJulie Rowin MD

Dairy-Free Pesto Salmon

I love this recipe for all the “good” fats found in the salmon, nuts and avocado oil. The omega-3’s found in wild-caught salmon are essential to sustain brain health. Salmon is an excellent source of high-quality complete protein (36 grams/serving) and provides all of the essential amino acids our bodies require. I recommend eating fish, especially well-sourced fatty fish, at least 3 times per week.

Makes 4 servings


4 Wild Caught Pacific Salmon filets (5-6 Oz per filet) - if using previously frozen, allow to thaw

2 Packages fresh basil (1.25 Oz each)

2 oz fresh arugula or baby spinach

3-4 cloves garlic

1/2 cup toasted walnuts, pistachios, or cashews

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive or avocado oil

Salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Pat salmon filets dry with a paper towel and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Season with salt and pepper and set aside. Place all other ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Spread pesto mixture on salmon and bake for 8-12 minutes.*

*Leftover pesto can be refrigerated up to five days and can be tossed onto your favorite breakfast eggs or vegetable dish or swirled into a vegetable or bean soup.

Source: Chef Summer Kortkamp,

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