Pan Seared Salmon with an Herb Pesto Vinaigrette


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So if you’ve never met me in real life, or you don’t check instagram like its your job, you probably won’t know that I’m obsessed with cats.

I’m totally that cat lady. And it can’t be stopped. My cat, Stella, is a bit of a diva. But that means nothing because I love her to the end of the world and back. A few months back, my friends over at Better Homes and Gardens asked if I wanted to work on an awesome new campaign with all the fabulous people over at Rachael Ray Nutrish and create a dinner for two menu inspired by their new line. Basically if it involves cats, I’m in.

Pan Seared Salmon with an Herb Pesto Vinaigrette Recipe

First up on this dinner for two menu is a Pan Seared Salmon with an Herb Pesto Vinaigrette. I’m not really sure how to tell you this, but it’s basically the best thing you’re ever going to eat. I’m obsessed with Salmon (obviously Stella is too) and I can only make it when she’s sleeping otherwise she’ll be all up in the kitchen in 2 seconds flat. Add on my all time favorite Herb Pesto Vinaigrette and it’s basically a quintessential summer dish that’s going to rock your world!

Pan Seared Salmon with an Herb Pesto Vinaigrette Prep

And if you haven’t taken a look at the May issue of BHG, I’d highly suggest taking a peek at page (page 70).

Pan Seared Salmon with an Herb Pesto Vinaigrette

Pan Seared Salmon with an Herb Pesto Vinaigrette



  • 1 recipe Basil Vinaigrette
  • 4 8- ounce skin-on salmon filets
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups of rice cooked


  • Make the basil vinaigrette and set aside.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium- high heat.
  • Season the salmon filets with salt and pepper on both sides, and drizzle with the remaining olive oil.
  • Transfer the salmon filets to the hot skillet, skin side down. Cook the filets for 4-5 minutes on each side, until just lightly pink in the center. Serve immediately over a bed of rice and top with the basil pesto vinaigrette.

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Rachael Ray Nutrish and Better Homes and Gardens . All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for What’s Gaby Cooking.

Photos by Matt Armendariz. Ceramics by Fifty One and a Half 

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  1. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

    The funny thing is that I’m sure a lot of people say “this is going to be the best thing you ever eat” but I 1000% believe you. Congrats on the BHG feature!! You are killing it!!

  2. Kim @ Kim’s Healthy Eats

    Oooo perfect quick and healthy dinner idea! Congrats on working with BHG 🙂

  3. Shaina

    I love that you’re a crazy cat lady, and I am all about the salmon love. The feature for BHG looks so gorgeous! Congratulations.

  4. Mary Frances

    The contrast of the pink salmon with the green pesto is just stunning. Perfect for a nice dinner at home!

  5. Aimee @ Simple Bites

    I love this Gaby! it’s so fresh for spring, especially when it is snowing over here. Can my two feline friends and I come over?

  6. Monika

    This looks gorgeous, simple and tasty to boot!!
    My cats would probably eat the pesto as well!!!

  7. Natalie @ Paper & Birch

    This looks fabulous Gaby! I’m always looking for new inspiration for salmon.

  8. Helen Kennedy

    Yay for crazy cat ladies! My little diva Lily sends purrs to Stella. Love salmon (although I’m not sure about Lily) and I’m looking forward to trying this out. My CCP hub loves salmon too.

  9. Jenny Flake

    What a gorgeous dinner! I was just thinking I need to make salmon soon. This is the recipe I will do!

  10. Rhea- Hot Dog Food Blog

    Gaby! I am loving this salmon recipe, and think it would be perfect to serve for Easter this weekend. Plus, then I can enjoy a few more of the copycat Reese’s PB Eggs that I made this week! Seems like a fair trade to me Haha

  11. Heather Christo

    This is so simple and lovely- I bet it is so delicious too!! LOVE Salmon…

  12. Julie @ Table for Two

    Wow, the dish is stunning and I love the natural light in all these photos!!! They make the salmon just pop!

  13. Beth @ Tasty Yummies

    I just cannot get over how amazing this promotion is across the board. BTW our cat Jpeg would literally be at the table begging, if we ate this for dinner. Fish and chicken, his two favorites!!

  14. Helen @ Scrummy Lane

    Hello, Gaby! Love the blog – it’s so ‘bright and breezy’, if that makes sense! 😉
    I really like the sound of this salmon, too. Salmon really is one of my favourite foods, so I’d like to give this recipe of yours a go. The only problem I have with basil is getting enough of it to put in a recipe (I’m in Greece at the moment and it isn’t that easy to find good basil). All the more reason to grow my own I guess!
    Anyway, great recipe. Thank you and Happy Easter!

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