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Basil Pesto

Homemade basil pesto is an easy recipe to make with walnuts, fresh basil, garlic, olive oil & parmesan cheese. It’s perfect for adding to pizza, pasta or grilled chicken dishes!

Overhead shot of basil pesto in a small white bowl with a small gold spoon in the bowl

Basil pesto is so easy to make and one of my favorite homemade sauces. When you make it at home, it has such a fresh flavor, as opposed to what you can buy in a jar at the grocery store.

My first time making pesto was in a home economics class in high school. Did I just totally date myself because home ec is no longer a thing? No surprise here, but home ec was my favorite class.

I learned how to sew, not well, but I tried! And I learned how to cook new things, at a much higher success rate than my sewing!

When pesto was introduced to me in home ec, I’d never eaten pesto before, but I quickly fell in love! Now I make many different versions of pesto.

The fun thing about pesto is that you can easily make it your own based on what greens you have in your fridge or what dish you want to pair it with.

You can also mix up what kind of nuts you use! While pine nuts are the traditional nut used in basil pesto, I used walnuts instead. They’re much less expensive and still work wonderfully in this pesto recipe!

Basil pesto can be added to pizza, tossed with pasta or used as a marinade for chicken or a sauce to top fish. It’s super versatile and so delicious!

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Blueberry Goat Cheese Pistachio Crostini

Balsamic blueberries, creamy goat cheese, crushed pistachios and fresh basil are combined in this delicious goat cheese crostini recipe!

Balsamic Blueberry and Goat Cheese Crostini

Each week I get a ton of new recipe inspiration at my local farmers market.

You can read all about my Saturday morning farmers market ritual in my post from last week, which includes an amazing recipe for a Beet and Burrata Tart!

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Lemon Herb Salmon

This healthy, paleo, gluten free and Whole30 Baked Lemon Herb Salmon recipe combines fresh ingredients for tons of flavor in a simple dinner dish.

Healthy Lemon Herb Salmon

This might be the most unique post on the blog to date because I’m posting it from 30,000 feet in the air!  Yes, I’m on a plane from Miami to Los Angeles that is WiFi enabled and allowing me to post to all of you amongst the clouds in the sky!

This post is also special because it involves a meal I made for two of my favorite people, my best friend and her boyfriend, who also happens to be one of my best friends!

I am so beyond happy that the two of them found each other because they couldn’t be more perfect together!  I love staying with them when I’m in Phoenix because they enjoy many of the same things I do such as food, fashion and relaxation!

My last night in Phoenix I wanted to cook them a “Thank You” dinner for allowing me to stay at their beautiful condo while in town for the weekend. I asked my best friend what she wanted to eat and she said fish so I suggested salmon.

It couldn’t have worked out more perfectly because the only seafood recipe I’ve posted thus far on the blog was my yummy chili lime garlic shrimp, so adding a fish main course seemed necessary at this point!

Lemon Herb Salmon

I paired the lemon herb salmon with an Italian Corn Salad and Buffalo Potato Salad. I know it sounds interesting, but her boyfriend loves all of my buffalo sauce recipes so I had to incorporate it into the meal and came up with this delicious little side dish!

Lemon Herb Salmon Ingredients

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 2 lbs salmon
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 3 large lemons
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Add the olive oil to a small mixing bowl, then chop the fresh herbs.

Add the herbs to the olive oil.

Next, zest two of the lemons into the olive oil herb mixture.

Then add the minced garlic.

Squeeze in the juice of the two lemons.

Whisk well.

Place the salmon skin side down in a shallow baking dish.

Top with the lemon herb mixture.

Lemon Herb Salmon Recipe

Thinly slice the additional lemon and place on top of each piece of salmon.

Paleo Lemon Herb Salmon Recipe

Cover with foil and place in the refrigerator for an hour to marinate.

Remove from the refrigerator and cook at 400°F for 30 minutes.

Baked Lemon Herb Salmon Recipe

Simple as that, dinner is served!

Lemon Herb Salmon Recipe

This lemon herb salmon is delicious when served with Buffalo Potato Salad,  Garlic Lemon Asparagus or Nutty Greens with Bacon and Bleu Cheese.

Healthy Lemon Herb Salmon
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Lemon Herb Salmon

This healthy, paleo, gluten free and Whole30 Baked Lemon Herb Salmon recipe combines fresh ingredients for tons of flavor in a simple dinner dish.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Marinating Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 590 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs salmon
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • 3 lemons
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Add the olive oil to a small mixing bowl.
  2. Chop the fresh herbs and add to the olive oil.
  3. Zest two of the lemons into the olive oil herb mixture.
  4. Add the minced garlic.
  5. Squeeze in the juice of the two lemons and whisk well.
  6. Place the salmon skin side down in a shallow baking dish.
  7. Top with the lemon herb mixture.
  8. Thinly slice the additional lemon and place on top of each piece of salmon.
  9. Cover with foil and place in the refrigerator for an hour to marinate.
  10. Remove from the refrigerator and cook at 400°F for 30 minutes.

Caprese Quesadilla

Fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil leaves fill this Italian Caprese Quesadilla Recipe, which is easily made in just 10 minutes!

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While I do love all types of food from Mexican to Thai and Brazillian to French, Italian will always have a special place in my heart.

Sometimes I like to take a dish from another country and make it into an Italian masterpiece, such as this recipe, the Caprese Quesadilla.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1 flour tortilla
  • 2 roma tomatoes
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup basil
  • 1 cup marinara sauce

Start by slicing the roma tomatoes and topping the flour tortilla with the mozzarella cheese and sliced tomatoes.

Next, top with the basil and parmesan cheese.

Then fold the tortilla in half and place over medium heat on the stove top. Brown on the first side then flip.

Heat up the marinara sauce while the quesadilla is cooking. Once browned on both sides remove from the skillet and cut into slices.

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Serve with marinara sauce on the side for dipping.

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A delicious new way to eat a traditional mexican dish, Italian style!

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