Mediterranean Recipe of Roasted Tomato Walnut Pesto Salmon
Can you name that food?
Sea food with high protein content, low in saturated fat, and high in omega-3 fatty acids.
The American Heart Association recommends consuming two servings of seafood per week (fish or shellfish, 4 oz/serving), especially seafood higher in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, tuna (fresh or canned), and mackerel. Omega-3 fatty acids prevent blood clotting, build cell membranes, decrease inflammation, and have been proven to help prevent heart disease.
So make it a goal this week to eat your omega-3 fatty acids from FISH. Start by making a simple Mediterranean-style heart-healthy salmon dish, packed with multiple artery-healing ingredients—which happens to be this week’s featured recipe, Roasted Tomato Pesto Salmon.
Here is the heart-healthy recipe of Roasted Tomato Walnut Pesto Salmon:
Yield: 2 servings (1 serving = 4 oz fillet)
- 2-4 oz salmon fillets
- 2 Tablespoons of walnut pesto
- 2-3 slices of tomato
- 1 tsp of dried basil (or fresh minced basil)
- ¼ tsp of black pepper
Heart Healthy Walnut Pesto:
- 2 oz fresh basil leaves (about 1 cup)
- 1 cup walnut halves
- ½ cup olive oil
- 3 large garlic cloves
Pre-heat oven to 400 º F. Grease a tin pan with olive oil spray. Place all pesto ingredients into a food processor and blend pesto until a spreadable consistency. Place salmon fillets in the pan and cover each fillet with 1 Tablespoons of pesto. Top salmon with tomato slices and sprinkle with dried basil and black pepper. Bake salmon until opaque in the center, about 20-25 minutes.
Nutrition Information per Serving:
Calories: 273 kcal, Carbohydrates: 3 g, Dietary Fiber: 1 g, Fat: 15 g, Cholesterol: 81 mg, Protein 30 g, Sodium: 67 mg