Baked Salmon with Pesto and Broccolini

By Chanel Dror
recipe for the healthiest weeknight dinner

recipe for the healthiest weeknight dinner

One of the complaints I hear most from my single friends is that they feel completely unmotivated to cook for one. And then when the mood does strike, they find themselves over-shopping, resulting in unused groceries that go to waste altogether. I’ve totally been there, and I get it. So we thought we’d whip up a weeknight dinner that requires — count ’em — only 5 ingredients, but still feels hearty and substantive.

recipe for the healthiest weeknight dinner

The dish is this baked pesto salmon with a side of broccolini. The best thing about cooking fish is that you can stop by the grocery store or market that very same day, buy a 6 oz. portion that is perfectly sized for one, and have yourself a delicious, flaky protein in 15 minutes flat. Salmon is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, high in B vitamins, and a great source of potassium.

recipe for the healthiest weeknight dinner

We topped our salmon with tasty pesto (which can be reused and enjoyed for days), and served it with a side of broccolini, which, thanks to its tender stalks, cooks much more quickly than broccoli. It’s rich in vitamins A, C and K, and is chock full of calcium, too.

recipe for the healthiest weeknight dinner

photography by Ashleigh Amoroso

Baked Pesto Salmon with Broccolini

Serves 1

Baked Salmon with Pesto and Broccolini

By Camille Styles


  • 6 oz. salmon filet
  • 1 bunch fresh broccolini
  • store-bought pesto or this homemade cilantro pesto
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. On a foil lined baking sheet, drizzle the salmon filet with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake in the over for 12 minutes.
  3. While salmon is cooking, fill a medium sized saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Fill a medium sized bowl with ice water, and set aside. Once the water is boiling, carefully drop in the broccolini. Let the water come back to a boil, and set a timer for 2 minutes. After the 2 minutes are up, strain the broccolini and immediately set in the ice water.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper before eating.
  5. Remove salmon from the oven and allow to cool for 3 minutes. Top with basil pesto, and serve alongside broccolini for a healthy, tasty dinner.

Comments (4)

  1. Kathryn says:

    thanks!! now I know what’s for dinner.

  2. Andrea says:

    Thank you!

  3. Carol says:

    Just set another bookmark! know I’ll use this lots!!

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