Homemade Basil Pesto Salmon

Do you know how certain flavors, tastes or smells can bring you back to a certain place or time in your life? Basil pesto does that for me. It kind of brings me right back to Italy, but only the homemade kind. There's just something about fresh basil blended with parmesan and olive oil. YUM it's so good. I whipped up a batch this morning to use for dinner. Michael and I picked up some salmon on Sunday and I couldn't wait to make it with fresh basil pesto. I've found that my favorite nuts to use in homemade pesto are walnuts. I've tried it with pistachios, pine nuts and even cashews, and walnuts seem to give it my favorite consistency.

Here's what you need: 

  • Large handful of fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • S & P to taste
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp plain greek yogurt (added for creaminess factor)
  • Small squeeze fresh lemon juice
  • Some sort of food processor or powerful blender

Here's what to do: 

  • Blend!

All I did for dinner was topped the salmon with pesto and lemon slices and baked for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees! Super simple. Crazy delicious. I served ours with golden zucchini zoodles. Golden zoodles. Golden Doodle? And some roasted brussels sprouts.

Salmon, Basil Pesto, homemadeEnjoy!

- Rach

Do you have a food that reminds you of a certain place?