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Salmon with Cilantro Pesto

Vibrant orange salmon fillets get a double dose of crunchy almonds, one in the pesto and one in the topping.


The lovely green pesto is easy to make and gets a delightful flavor boost – without salt – from the garlic-herb seasoning blend.


For a quick and pretty dish, scatter the almonds over the surface, as instructed below. If you prefer a fancier presentation, after spreading the pesto over the salmon, slightly overlap the almonds on the fillets to resemble fish scales, then bake as directed.


Serves 4



salmon with cilantro pesto; Go Red for Women heart healthy recipes

  • Cooking spray (optional)
  • For the Cilantro Pesto
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons shredded or grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt-free garlic-herb seasoning blend
  • 4 salmon fillets (about 4 ounces each), rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or lightly spray with cooking spray.

  2. In a food processor or blender, process the pesto ingredients for 15 to 20 seconds, or until slightly chunky.

  3. Place the fillets about 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Spread the pesto evenly over the top of the fillets. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup almonds.

  4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. 



Nutrition Facts


Calories 206
Total Fat 9.5 g
Saturated Fat 1.5 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.0 g
Cholesterol 66 mg
Sodium 129 mg
Carbohydrates 2 g
Fiber 1 g
Sugars 0 g
Protein 28 g
Dietary Exchanges: 3 1/2 lean meat


This recipe is brought to you by the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement. Recipe copyright © 2005 by the American Heart Association. Look for other delicious recipes in American Heart Association cookbooks, available from booksellers everywhere.