Looking for a great date night recipe this spring? This Pesto Salmon and Goat Cheese, Cranberries, and Walnuts is pretty enough for the job and is chock full of my favorite flavors. The richness of the pesto and warm goat cheese is set off deliciously by a bit of sweetness from the cranberries. The walnuts add just enough texture to the dish to make it extra satisfying. Don’t worry, although it sounds impressive, this great recipe couldn’t be simpler to make!
Pesto Salmon Recipe
This baked pesto salmon recipe is bursting with flavor and yet is a fast and easy recipe to make. Salmon is full of healthy fats so you can feel good about this yummy, healthy dinner recipe. Use these step by step cooking directions with photos or skip to the recipe card as you prefer.
- Fresh Salmon (1 fillet per person, fillets are typically 5-6 oz each)
- Olive oil
- Pesto (homemade pesto with fresh basil and pine nuts or grocery store bought works just fine and is perfect on a busy weeknight)
- Black Pepper
- Parmesan cheese
- Goat cheese (feta could also be used)
- Chopped walnuts ( I used honey coated for added flavor)
- Craisins (dried cranberries)
How To Make Baked Pesto Salmon:
Preheat oven to 365 degrees fahrenheit. Rinse off salmon filets in cool water and pat dry. In baking dish (skin side down if it still has it), coat the fillets in olive oil, and a little salt and black pepper as desired.
Cover the top of the salmon fillets generously with the pesto sauce and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
Cover dish with tin foil and bake for about 25 minutes, depending on how well you like your salmon cooked. Combine chopped walnuts and craisins together in light olive oil.
Top cooked salmon with cranberry and walnut mixture and sprinkle on the goat cheese crumbles. Bake uncovered, for another 5-10 minutes depending on the thickness of the salmon fillet. You can check the internal temperature to ensure it is done.
Serve and enjoy. I love it alongside a rice pilaf for a complete meal. It would also be great served with a salad if you prefer.
Salmon can be expensive, but this super food is worth it! This fish has some amazing health benefits and if you’re looking for beautiful skin, nails, and hair look no further. It’s a high-quality protein, packed full of vitamins and minerals like potassium, selenium, and vitamin B12. Most awesome is their high content of omega-3 fatty acids which promotes healthy brain and heart function. Salmon is a super healthy choice during pregnancy as well, just be careful to limit your intake to under 12 oz a week due to the mercury content. I couldn’t think of a better dish that will make you feel great AND look great than this baked pesto salmon!
Printable Recipe For Pesto Salmon And Goat Cheese
Just a few simple ingredients and it is such a delicious way to enjoy Atlantic salmon. I hope you enjoy this pesto salmon recipe with goat cheese, cranberries and walnuts. What is your favorite way to prepare salmon? Tell us about it in the comments or share on social media @familyfocusblog!