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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Roasted salmon with cilantro cashew pesto recipe

Dish Assembly: Brown rice, Wilted greens and Salmon topped with Cilantro pesto.

During a cleanse I did this summer, I was craving something yummy. There was a recipe for salmon in the book but I wanted to make a variation. I was amazed at how satisfying and filling this dish was. I hope you will give it a try! The salmon and greens were on a bed of brown rice.

I ate this for two meals and still had plenty to share with my family. The key to healthy eating when you are busy is cooking in bulk. I roasted 1 1/2 pounds of salmon one day and used it for 2 days after. I'm going to break down the dish into parts. 

Roasted Salmon
Try to buy wild salmon as some of the salmon that is farmed can be dangerous.

Pre-heat oven to 400F. Cut salmon into similar sized pieces (or ask your fish monger to do this for you) so it cooks at the same time. Check for bones. If you feel any, pull out.
Place salmon pieces on a baking sheet lined with foil (this makes clean up much easier) or a greased glass roasting pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in hot oven for approximately 15 minutes or until salmon is mostly firm. Cool slightly before serving. Save remaining salmon for other meals or salads.

Cilantro Cashew Pesto
Place the following in a food processor or blender and process until a paste forms. Add more oil if it's too thick.
1 cup cilantro leaves
1/2 cup raw cashews
Juice of 1/2 lime
2-3 Tablespoons safflower oil (or any plain vegetable oil)
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper

Wilted Greens
Slice 1/2 onion while heating a medium saute pan. Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil to the hot pan and then immediately add the onion. Add some black pepper only. Cook for about 5 minutes or until onion is translucent and soft. Add 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt.

Add 2-3 cups of spinach and/or arugula to the pan. Toss with onions and cook 1 minute. Turn off heat and remove from burner. Let rest at least 3 minutes.


Sarah Griego Guz said...

This looks amazing! I will be making it this week! :-)

Deirdre said...

I just passed this recipe along to my husband who is the designated fish chef in the family. He loves salmon, cilantro and cashews, so this is perfect. And I'm trying to eat gluten-free for awhile, so it's perfect!

The Family Chef said...

Sarah, hope you enjoy! Dee, let me know how things go. Will try to post some more.