Walnut Crusted Salmon

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As the days are growing longer and the sunlight has started hanging around for a few more hours each evening, I’ve found myself craving lighter meals. No more heavy pasta dinners or hearty stews for this gal. Because even though we still haven’t experienced steady spring weather here in Michigan, I’m done with the standby wintery meals. Lately I’m more apt to make a big salad for dinner or a simple piece of fish with fresh, simple flavors. And this recipe, for Walnut Crusted Salmon is just that. Dried oregano and a light and tangy honey mustard dressing complements the crunchy walnut crust wonderfully. And the recipe, like most of the recipes on this site, is incredibly easy to throw together on a weeknight. All you need is a food processor and about 15 minutes of prep time before you are able to put this dish in the oven. Add a serving of perfectly roasted broccoli and you have yourself the a perfectly light and healthy spring meal. Enjoy!

Ingredients: Makes 3 servings

  • 3/4 cup walnut pieces
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 salmon filets
  • 1/4 cup honey mustard dressing (I used Green Goddess, found at Trader Joe’s)

Preparation:

  1. Place first 4  ingredients in a food processor (walnuts through salt) and grind until mixture turns to crumbs
  2. Using a pastry brush, coat salmon with honey mustard dressing on both sides
  3. Dredge each salmon filet in walnut mixture until both sides of filets are evenly coated
  4. Place salmon in a 13×9 inch baking dish and bake at 400 for 30-35 minutes

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