Sheet Pan Pesto Salmon and Veggies – There’s nothing easier than a one pan dinner! This sheet pan meal is a family favorite, loaded with color and flavor!
There are a few things I’m really, really good at. They include things like choosing the grocery cart with a rogue wheel and also killing plants. Yet, somehow, I’ve managed to keep three little basil plants alive since Mother’s Day weekend. Which is basically a record. (My bar is very low.)
I’ve loved getting to pluck off the little leaves to add to pasta dishes, salad dressings, and a whole lot of pesto. Pesto is like magic sauce. I feel like a lot of kitchen problems can be solved with pesto. You can use it to elevate avocado toast, wake up veggies, twirl into pasta or veggie noodles, stir into soups, or spoon over your favorite chicken or fish. It’s magic.
I absolutely LOVE it paired with pesto, so this sheet pan salmon dinner was a no-brainer. And, thankfully, it was absolutely delicious.
You can pan-fry your salmon or even grill it if you prefer, but I sure love to do it in a pan like this. I first toss my veggies with a flavorful blend of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and seasonings, then roast for a few minutes before adding my salmon fillets. Just a few minutes after that, everything is done and ready for a giant dollop of fresh basil pesto.
I’m telling you, sheet pan salmon is a major, major winner!
Notes on the Recipe:
- A Tip for Thawing Frozen Salmon – Since I almost always buy frozen fillets, I thaw them in a bowl of water in the fridge for an hour or two. If you’re in a rush, you can do it in a bowl of water on your counter and change the water every 10 minutes or so. The salmon will thaw in about 30 minutes.
- Why Do You Add the Pesto Last? – I’ve tried this lots of ways, but honestly, most of this is cosmetic and personal preference. I use fresh pesto, and it loses so much of it’s color in the oven. Instead, I love dolloping the fresh pesto right on at the end. It’s VERY flavorful, and looks pretty, too! If you prefer, simply schmear your salmon fillets with pesto before popping them in the oven.
- Swap out the Veggies – The veggies you choose are pretty flexible here! I went with several that cook at roughly the same time, but you can swap in mushrooms, onions and peppers, etc. Whatever your heart loves! Do know that if you use more dense veggies (like sweet potatoes, or carrots, for instance) you’ll need to add to your cooking time.
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