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This pesto salmon bowl recipe served on a bed of cauliflower rice is the perfect keto friendly dinner recipe! The pesto sauce makes the perfect touch to a salmon dinner classic. A true must have salmon dinner recipe!
Salmon is an excellent healthy dinner choice, and this pesto salmon bowl is no exception!! So full of delicious flavor that will have your mouth watering before it even hits your plate. It is sooooooo good!
I’ll be honest, making homemade pesto intimidates me just a bit. Pesto is so good and was a little scary to try out. Usually, I would grab the nearest jar from the store, but this sauce is super easy to make! This pesto sauce really hits the spot!
It can take a little experimenting to get the pesto sauce just right since there are a number of ways to make it. But I think this is pretty perfect. Now you can officially say you’re a pesto sauce maker with pride, haha!
What is pesto?
This pesto salmon bowl primarily features pesto sauce. If you’re not familiar with pesto… first of all, you’re missing out! But more importantly, you might be wondering what on earth pesto even is.
Pesto is a delicious green sauce that can be made a variety of different ways. In this salmon recipe, however, you will use basil, olive oil, garlic, and pine nuts.
How to make pesto salmon
This salmon recipe is made with pesto sauce to bake on top, making it a truly delicious dinner. Served on a bed of cauliflower rice, it’s the perfect low carb keto dinner recipe. Just make sure to add lots of butter for good measure (everything is better with butter)!
How to make this pesto salmon bowl recipe
To make this pesto salmon bowl, you’ll start off by preheating your oven before making the pesto sauce.
To make the sauce you just blend the basil leaves, olive oil, cheese, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor until smooth, and then add some salt and pepper to taste.
Then, you prepare your salmon on a baking sheet and coat the sauce on top before sticking it in the oven.
From there, you just need to make your cauliflower rice to go with the pesto salmon!
Add some butter, parsley, and cheese for some added delicious flavor. Then serve the salmon on a bed of cauli-rice. It’s pretty easy and quite delicious!
How many carbs are in pesto?
Since this is a low carb keto pesto salmon recipe, it’s only right that we discuss the carbs in pesto, right?! Of course it is. If you choose to put this delicious pesto sauce on other things, you’ll want to know how many carbs it is.
Pesto checks out at only 1-2g of carbs per serving. I’d say that’s a win!
What is pesto used for?
I explained what pesto was earlier, completely forgetting to touch on what it’s used for! Oops. Anyway… pesto is used for pasta, most commonly.
However, it can also be used on chicken, vegetables, salad, rice, burgers, seafood, pizza, and really anything you’d like to try it on. You’ll likely find millions of recipes including pesto, too!
Is salmon healthy?
Salmon is not only healthy, it is the best seafood out there you can eat. It is packed full of vitamins, minerals, protein, and so much more.
What goes with pesto salmon?
This salmon recipe features a delicious cauliflower rice side, but you can opt to switch it out for a few other things. If you’re looking to pair your pesto salmon with something else, I’d recommend a low carb friendly pasta or zucchini noodles. Both would go great with this pesto salmon recipe!
More low carb keto recipes
If you’re looking for more low carb, Trim Healthy Mama Friendly recipes, I have a few more on my blog you’ll love. I’ve been loving this Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole lately as it makes a really satisfying low carb dinner recipe.
For those looking for a delicious boost in fat intake, these Lemon Cheesecake Fat Bombs are a must try!!
And for an easy but satisfying treat, be sure to try these Coffee Chocolate Truffles. If you’re a coffee-addict, you will LOVE these!
- 1 1/2 Pounds Salmon, cut into 4 slices
- 1 Cup Fresh Whole Basil Leaves
- 1/3 Cup Parmesan Cheese, Grated
- 2 Teaspoons Garlic, Minced
- 5 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1/4 Cup Whole Pine Nuts
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
- 3 Cups Cauliflower Rice
- 2 Tablespoons Butter, Unsalted
- 4 Tablespoons Parmesan Cheese
- 2-3 Tablespoons Fresh Parsley, Chopped
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Place the basil leaves, olive oil, parmesan cheese, garlic, and pine nuts into a food processor or blender; blend until smooth. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
- Cut the salmon into 4 fillets and place a thick layer of pesto on top of each one.
- Place the salmon fillets on a greased baking sheet and bake in the oven for 12-14 minutes.
- While the salmon is baking, cook the cauliflower rice until you reach your desired texture.
- Add the butter, parmesan cheese, and parsley to the rice and stir to combine.
- Serve the baked pesto salmon on a bed of rice and enjoy!
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Serving Size1/4 Recipe
Amount Per Serving Calories 689Total Fat 54gSaturated Fat 13gTrans Fat 0gCarbohydrates 8gFiber 2gProtein 45g