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Spinach Pesto, Whole wheat Pasta and Salmon

salmon pesto pasta

This meal is pure brain food with tons of Omega-3’s from the walnuts and the salmon. Putting spinach in the pesto will ensure everyone eats it. 

Notes: If you did not prep the pesto ahead, start by bringing water to a boil for pasta and make the pesto while pasta is cooking. At the same time prep veggies and salmon and start cooking them in a separate pan.

This recipe will use half the pesto, reserve the other half for another meal.

For Vegetarians: add cauliflower in place of salmon.

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  • 4Servings


Pesto (65 calories in 2 tablespoons) Makes 1 cup

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen (thawed and moisture squeezed out) baby spinach
  • ½ cup flat leaf parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, toasted (toasted pumpkin seeds for nut allergies)
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • Kosher or sea salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper


  • 1 tablespoon Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 2 zucchini, sliced thinly
  • 1 pound salmon filet, skinned and boned, cut into
  • 2-inch chunks
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup halved grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 pound whole wheat pasta, cooked according to package directions


  1. Prepare pesto: Pulse spinach, evoo, garlic, walnuts and lemon juice in a food processor or blender until a thick, coarse paste, if needed add water to help process. Season with salt and pepper. Reserve half of pesto for a pesto quinoa lunch.
  2. Heat a large saute pan, lightly coated with evoo, over medium-high heat. Saute onion until golden and caramelized, about 8 minutes. Add zucchini and continue cooking for another 5 minutes until zucchini is lightly golden brown. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Add salmon and lemon juice and continue cooking for another 3-5 minutes until salmon is medium-rare (the salmon will continue to cook while sitting). Add tomatoes and stir to combine, turn off heat, but continue to mix for 2 more minutes.
  4. Toss pasta with salmon mixture and half of pesto right in the pan or serve everything separate and spoon pesto over top.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1 portion
  • Calories: 582
  • Carbohydrate Content: 52.6 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 70 mg
  • Fat Content: 26.9 g
  • Protein Content: 35 g
  • Sugar Content: 5.1 g