Herb and Honey-Walnut Crusted Salmon

Crunchy and slightly sweet, this walnut- crusted recipe is big on flavor. It’s an easy recipe, perfect for weeknight dinners, yet elegant enough to serve for special occasions.

Ingredients: 

1 1/2 lbs. salmon fillets
Freshly ground sea salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons stone ground mustard
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh basil or tarragon
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
4 cups baby arugula or spring mix greens
2 tablespoons extra- virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Instructions: 
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Remove the skin from the salmon and cut into 4 pieces. Place on a baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Stir together the mustard, honey, herbs and garlic and spread over the top and sides of the salmon.
  2. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of walnuts over each fillet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the surface of the salmon flakes easily with a fork. Toss the greens with the oil and vinegar and season to taste with salt and pepper. Arrange the greens on 4 plates and top each serving  with a salmon fillet.
Nutritional Analysis: 
Calories: 465. Fat: 29g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Sodium: 207mg, Carbohydrates: 13g, Fiber: 1g, Protein: 40g
Yield: 
4 servings

Recipe courtesy of Patty Mastracco, California Walnut Commission

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