Basil Pesto Crusted Salmon with Orzo and Margherita Salad | Rao's Homemade

Basil Pesto Crusted Salmon with Orzo and Margherita Salad

Ingredients
  • Basil Pesto Crusted Salmon:
  • 4 4 oz. boneless salmon steaks, skin on
  • 1/2 cup Rao’s Homemade® Basil Pesto
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • Orzo with Tomatoes and Lemon:
  • 1 16 oz. package dry orzo pasta
  • 1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped broad leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. salt and fresh ground black pepper, or to taste
  • Margherita Salad:
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped Roma tomatoes or halved cherry tomatoes
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, sliced
  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
DIRECTIONS
01

Preheat oven to 400° degrees. Line a shallow baking sheet with parchment paper.

02

In medium mixing bowl combine bread crumbs, olive oil and Rao’s Homemade® Basil Pesto.

03

Sprinkle sea salt and pepper on the salmon

04

Place salmon skin side down on parchment paper

05

Using a spoon, spatula or fingers, spread Rao’s Homemade® Basil Pesto and bread crumb mixture thinly over each steak

06

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

07

While baking salmon, cook orzo according to package instructions.

08

In a large serving bowl, mix pasta, tomatoes, parsley, parmesan, olive oil, lemon juice, chopped garlic, salt and pepper.

09

In a medium serving bowl, combine margherita salad ingredients and toss.

10

Serve salmon on a bed of orzo with margherita salad on the side.

PRODUCTS USED
Basil Pesto
Bring home the famous taste of Rao’s Homemade® Basil Pesto. Our classic, basil pesto is a flavorful combination of basil, cheese, oil and nuts.