Salmon with Cilantro Pesto
Sprinkle 4 4-oz salmon fillets with salt and pepper; drizzle with olive oil. Cover and let sit in refrigerator for 2-24 hours.
Drizzle olive oil in a skillet and heat over medium heat. Meanwhile, process 1/3 c. chopped cilantro + 2 Tbsp. olive oil + juice of one lime in a small food processor until smooth to make the cilantro-lime pesto. Add salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste.
Place salmon fillets in skillet and cook on the first side for 6-8 minutes. Turn each one and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes or until salmon flakes with a fork. Spoon one heaping spoonful of cilantro-lime pesto onto each fillet and serve over rice with roasted vegetables on the side.
If you know me, you know I don't do seafood. But recently, I've been culinarily challenged to try more fish, and have been somewhat surprised that I actually like it! Don't get me wrong - I'm not eating fish every day - but every once in a while, it's actually refreshing. I made this dish as a welcome home dinner for the Mister upon his return from the month-long Swiss adventure. Fish is one of those things that he orders in restaurants because he never gets to eat it at home ... so, it was really a big deal that I made this.
It. was. delicious.
I will be making it again. I'm growing cilantro for this purpose ...