St. Patty's Day Salmon with Kale-Basil Pesto

A simple and elegant salmon recipe for St. Patty's day, a Sunday brunch or a super salad.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: salmon
Servings: 4


  • Food processor


For Salmon

  • 4 Wild-caught Alaskan Salmon fillets
  • Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Olive oil

For Pesto

  • 2 cups Fresh Basil
  • 2 cups Kale
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup Pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil


To Prepare Salmon

  • Rinse and pat salmon dry with a paper towel
  • Salt and pepper top of salmon fillet
  • Set salmon aside and make pesto

To make Pesto

  • Add basil, kale, pine nuts and lemon to food processor, pulse a few times
  • Add 3 tbsp of olive oil and puree pesto. Add more oil until you reach desired consistency

To Cook Salmon

  • Heat stainless steel pan on medium-high heat
  • Melt butter and add oil
  • When butter bubbles a bit, place salmon fillets skin side down in the pan and cook for 2 minutes
  • Flip salmon over and cook for another 3 minutes or until salmon is done (top is slightly brown, a little whiteness appears at the sides from the fat, and it gives back a little resistance - but not too much- when pressed with a wooden spoon)
  • Once salmon is cooked, plate it and top with pesto. Voila!


By Thyroid Loving Care. Adapted from Primal Palate