Pesto Baked Salmon Foil Dinner

This gluten free 30 minute recipe takes a healthy twist on the foil dinner with pesto baked salmon over zucchini noodles, topped with balsamic basil cherry tomatoes.

Pesto Baked Salmon with Cherry Tomatoes & Zucchini Noodle Foil Dinner Recipe

When it comes to healthy dinner options, salmon is one of my favorites! It’s light on the calories and packed with essential vitamins and minerals!

Pesto Baked Salmon Recipe

For this baked salmon recipe, I took a classic dinner that I grew up with, the foil dinner, and gave it a super healthy twist!

Pesto Baked Salmon with Zucchini Noodles

As a kid, our foil dinners in Oklahoma would consist of ground beef patties, potatoes and corn, mmm, meat and potatoes!

I decided to swap the ground beef patty for salmon, the potatoes for zucchini noodles, and the corn for cherry tomatoes, for an all-around deliciously healthy dinner!

Pesto Baked Salmon and Zucchini Noodle Foil Dinner

In addition to being tasty and good for you, this baked salmon recipe is made in only 30 minutes, and since it’s baked in foil baskets, the clean up is a breeze!

Pesto Baked Salmon Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 large zucchini
  • 4 tbsp fresh basil, spinach or kale pesto – divided (click links for recipes)
  • 2 (6 oz) filets of fresh salmon (skins removed)
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)

Preheat the oven to 400° F.

Spiralize the zucchini into noodles with a Spiralizer.

Spiralized Zucchini

Press the zucchini noodles between two paper towels to get some of the moisture out of the zoodles (such a fun name to say!)

Toss the zucchini noodles with 2 tbsp pesto*.

*As I mentioned in the ingredient list above, you can use basil, spinach or kale pesto in this recipe. I used homemade basil pesto & it was delicious!

Divide the zucchini noodles between two foil baskets.

Pesto Baked Salmon with Zucchini Noodle Foil Dinner Recipe

Place the salmon on top of the zucchini noodles, then spread 1 tbsp. of pesto on each salmon filet.

Pesto Baked Salmon with Zucchini Noodle Foil Dinner Recipe

Add the cherry tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, black pepper and basil to a large bowl and toss.

Spread the cherry tomatoes around the salmon in the foil baskets.

Pesto Baked Salmon with Cherry Tomatoes & Zucchini Noodle Foil Dinner Recipe

Place the foil baskets on a rimmed baking sheet and into the oven for 20 minutes.

Remove from the oven and serve.

Pesto Baked Salmon Foil Baskets with Zucchini Noodles & Cherry Tomatoes

Seriously scrumptious! Who knew that something so healthy could also taste so good?! The fresh pesto gives this dish a ton of flavor, along with the roasted tomatoes & zucchini noodles, yay for ZOODLES!

Pesto Baked Salmon Foil Dinner Recipe

I’m definitely going to be busting out my spiralizer a lot this fall to make more delicious zoodle recipes (basically just so I can say zoodle over & over again, lol!)

You can grab a Spiralizer for under $30 online!

Pesto Baked Salmon with Cherry Tomatoes

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten free.

Pesto Baked Salmon Foil Dinner

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Serving Size: 2

Pesto Baked Salmon Foil Dinner

Ingredients

  • 1 large zucchini
  • 4 tbsp fresh basil, spinach or kale pesto – divided (click links for recipes)
  • 2 (6 oz) filets of fresh salmon (skins removed)
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  2. Spiralize the zucchini into noodles.
  3. Press the zucchini noodles between two paper towels to get some of the moisture out of the zoodles.
  4. Toss the zucchini noodles with 2 tbsp pesto.
  5. Divide the zucchini noodles between two foil baskets.
  6. Place the salmon on top of the zucchini noodles, then spread 1 tbsp. of pesto on each salmon filet.
  7. Add the cherry tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, black pepper and basil to a large bowl and toss.
  8. Spread the cherry tomatoes around the salmon in the foil baskets.
  9. Place the foil baskets on a rimmed baking sheet and into the oven for 20 minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven and serve.
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