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

Basil Pesto Crusted Salmon with Orzo and Margherita Salad

  • 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

If you love Caprese salad, you’ll adore this recipe; it tastes like summer on a plate. Pesto encrusted salmon atop lemony orzo pasta, garnished with juicy chopped tomatoes, soft mozzarella, fresh basil, and your best balsamic vinegar.


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


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


Sprinkle sea salt and pepper on the salmon.


Place salmon skin side down on parchment paper.


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


Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.


While baking salmon, cook orzo according to package instructions.


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


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


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

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.