This simple, walnut crusted salmon with basil walnut pesto is a flavorful, heart-healthy meal that comes together in just over 30 minutes. It’s a perfect way to celebrate American Heart Month this February, and you only need 5 ingredients to make it. Serve it with mashed cauliflower and sautéed garlic kale for a complete meal.

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This past summer, we finally got a Fresh Thyme Farmers Market in our city. I had heard about their great deals from some of my blogging friends, and I was super excited about it. I immediately went there to explore and I’ve been shopping there ever since. They have so many awesome items that I struggle to find anywhere else. I especially love that their prices are affordable and that they offer healthy eating options and so many dairy free choices.

Since we’re celebrating American Heart Month this February, I wanted to focus on a heart-healthy recipe. For me, that includes fresh fish and healthy unsaturated fats like olive oil.

More easy salmon recipes: miso roasted salmonteriyaki sesame crusted salmon  / salmon with avocado cucumber salsa / salmon with creamy garlic dill sauce

Luckily, Fresh Thyme is focused on offering heart-healthy #FreshThymeFinds year round, and they have great deals throughout the store – including their awesome fish counter, where I got this fresh sockeye salmon at a fraction of the cost I could find it anywhere else in town. They also have their private label products, like the extra virgin olive oil I used in this recipe. American Heart Month is the perfect time to begin incorporating these staples into your diet and lifestyle to help improve your cardiac health.

This walnut crusted salmon incorporates three heart-healthy ingredients.

  • salmon
  • olive oil
  • walnuts

More 5 ingredient mains: slow cooker beef tacos / 6 ingredient fish cakes / beer brined chicken drumsticks / baked stuffed pork chops

How to make walnut crusted salmon:

To make this salmon, pulsed some raw walnuts in my food processor until they were about the size of breadcrumbs. I combined them in a bowl with some dried parsley, salt and pepper. Then, I cut my salmon filet into individual portions using my sharpest knife. I brushed the pieces with olive oil and coated each piece with the topping by dipping them into the bowl.

While they baked in the oven, I made the pesto from the rest of my walnuts. I added them to my food processor with basil, lemon juice, garlic, salt & pepper, and the olive oil. It took about 2 minutes, and I still had plenty of time to make my side dishes while the salmon finished baking.

While I was at the store, I also picked up some of my favorite dairy free products and a bunch of fresh produce – honey crisp apples, baby kale and cauliflower rice, which I used to make this easy, dairy-free mashed cauliflower. And, next time I’m there, I’ll be picking up more of those cucumber melon sparkling waters (pictured above), because they are awesome.

I get really excited about anything that makes it easier for me to eat healthy, and shopping at Fresh Thyme definitely does that. And, while we’re on the subject, can we please discuss the bulk section? If you haven’t spent time browsing the bulk section, go right now – that’s where I get the hazelnuts to make my dairy free Nutella. The selection is phenomenal. Ok. I’ll stop myself now, because I could gush about this store for hours. Go see for yourself, and be sure to share your #FreshThymeFinds while you are there. Be sure to tag me (@simplywhisked) so I can see them.

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Walnut Crusted Salmon with Basil Walnut Pesto

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x



For the salmon:

  • 1 individual salmon filets
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For the pesto:

  • 2/3 cups walnuts
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


For the salmon:

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, pulse walnuts until they reach a fine crumb.
  3. Stir walnuts, dried parsley, salt and pepper together in a wide bowl until combine.
  4. Brush olive oil onto salmon pieces and dip into walnut topping.
  5. Transfer salmon to baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until salmon flakes easily with a fork.

For the pesto:

  1. Combine ingredients in a food processor. Blend until smooth.
  2. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, if desired.

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Last Updated on December 29, 2020 by Melissa Belanger

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  1. I have to admit, I am not much a salmon fan but the walnut crust and basil pesto may just change my mind.