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

Author: Gaby Dalkin
5 from 1 vote
I love to add strong flavors to strong fish!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


  • 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.


If you aren't interested in rice, try serving this fish over quinoa or a salad.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 426kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 120mg | Potassium: 1139mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.05g | Vitamin A: 91IU | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg
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Photos by Matt Armendariz. Ceramics by Fifty One and a Half 


  1. 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

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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!!

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