Pistachio Crusted Salmon with Broccoli Pesto Print Recipe Print Recipe

Who’s ready for dinner?

This Pistachio Crusted Salmon with Broccoli Pesto is so good, you’d never know it was dairy-free, gluten-free annnnnd low sodium.

Speaking of sodium, my friend Jessica just came out with this incredibly gorgeous cookbook, Sodium Girl’s Limitless Low Sodium Cookbook. Right now, there’s several of us doing a “Love your Heart Recipe Rally”, which you can see all participants & delicious recipes here.

There’s more… She’s GIVING AWAY VITAMIX to one lucky reader!! If you win, can I come over to play, please? <enter giveaway below>

You know how awesome this giveaway is, right? I’m still dying to get my hands on one. Enter for me, k?



Jessica’s story is truly inspiring – lupus to kidney failures, which took her on this mission to live the life she wants, thanks to a low sodium diet. Yep, we bonded over stories. Then when you meet her and see that she is the nicest woman you’ve ever meet, you’ll love her even more.

If you’re wondering why do we care about sodium, this is why – long story short. It can cause high blood pressure, which basically means there’s a lot of pressure on the walls of your blood vessels and arteries which can then cause a heart attach and stroke. Yep, big deal people.

Large amounts of sodium can be hidden in packaged foods, which is why I’m a HUGE supporter of fresh, whole foods. I’m not going to say I don’t eat salt. I would be lying. I love salt more than I love sugar. However, I don’t eat much, if any packaged foods and have a low intake of dairy and meat, that my blood pressure is at a healthy level. If I buy canned goods, I always go for the  “no salt added” and later add my own salt if needed.

If you have more questions or curiosities about a low sodium diet, I highly recommend you pick up (or order) her book, Sodium Girl’s Limitless Low Sodium Cookbook



Okay, now lets talk about this salmon.

The texture, the flavor and the presentation is enough to swoon anyone. Instead of it being crusted with breadcrumbs, the nutty addition of pistachios is perfection. And also adds much more of a health benefit.

The best part, it’s SUPER easy. If you’ve been intimated to cook fish, then this is your recipe. I’m pretty sure you can’t mess this up.

Dinner for two or six, this just might become your new go to!



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I edited this ever so slightly to make for 2 (vs. 4) people. If you decide to make 4 fillets instead of 2, no need to double the pesto – I kept that the same so there would be leftover. With this recipe, you’ll have a little bit of leftover pesto, which I later mixed with broccoli, roasted it for 15-20 minutes and sprinkled just a little parmesan (not low sodium) on top. Delicious!

Pistachio Crusted Salmon with Broccoli Pesto

Slightly adapted from the Sodium Girl’s Limitless Low Sodium Cookbook

serves 2

PRINT Recipe


  • 3/4 cup pistachios, shelled
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 cup broccoli florets, stems trimmed
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 salmon fillets, pinbones removed – fresh and organic recommended


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Add pistachios to your food processor and pulse until chopped. Pour into a small bowl and set aside.

Add garlic, broccoli, basil, olive oil, pine nuts and 1 teaspoon of water to your food processor and pulse until it’s blended and you have a thick (chunk-like) puree.

Line the salmon filets, skin side down on your prepared baking sheet. With a spatula or knife, spread the pesto sauce over the top of each piece of salmon. Don’t be shy. Then press (with your fingers) a good helping of pistachios on top.

Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake the fish for 10-12 minutes. The salmon should be a nice coral pink color

Remove the salmon and serve over pasta, salad of a grain of choice.


*gluten-free *dairy-free *low sodium


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  • Holly

    I’m dying to have a vitamix! I would love to make my own flours for some great gf/df/sf baking. I hope I win!

  • Heather Disarro

    I’m completely in love with the idea of broccoli pesto! And anything pistachio-crusted is perfect. Always and forever 🙂

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks

    Ooooooooo I love this saaaaallmoonononononon!

  • Liz DellaCroce

    This looks incredible!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.grimaldi Lisa Naro Grimaldi

    Looks delish!

  • http://twitter.com/E2gather Sheila

    this looks absolutely amazing!! And I’m not just sayin’ that! drool.

  • Kari Lindsay

    I am in love with the broccoli pesto, I could just put it on everything!

  • Laureen @FoxKitchen

    Found you through Instagram. I love pistachio crusted salmon! Sharing on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter 🙂

  • Kristina

    Though I’ve been lucky to have low blood pressure, I’ve been trying to find ways to cut back on sodium. I’ve started making my own hot sauce as one way to do this and recently even attempted making mustard!

  • Amanda

    What a beautiful recipe!

  • http://twitter.com/stephmwise Stephanie Wise

    I love everything about this dish! So much YUM.

    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

  • Stephanie

    Love this recipe and dying for a vitamix!

  • http://twitter.com/angimage Angie S

    Looks great!! I’m always looking for ways to eat salmon

  • blog

    So yummy looking!! Wish I had a vitamix so I can make yummy recipes. I only have a magic bullet can’t do that much with that haha

  • Lindsay

    This sounds delicious! I would love a Vitamix for making smoothies!

  • http://justforfoodies.blogspot.com/ Colette

    Ok, I’d eat my broccoli if it were served to me like this!

  • http://www.aidamollenkamp.com Aida Mollenkamp

    Sounds great, Lisa! I’ve been making a panko-pistachio crusted salmon lately but this sounds like a fun alternative!

  • Emily

    This was so good!!! I highly recommend everyone who loves salmon to try this!

  • WithStyleGrace

    Awesome – so happy you liked it!

  • Jessie Artigue

    I made the pesto with my magic bullet tonight, and it totally worked!

  • WithStyleGrace

    yes, a magic bullet would work great for this! I use mine all the time for things like this and of course, smoothies.

  • Sonja

    This is absolutely delicious. Thank you so much for sharing. I am new to the low sodium lifestyle and it’s been a rocky transition to say the least. However, I did not miss the salt in this dish! Yay! 🙂

  • WithStyleGrace

    So happy you enjoyed it! Was just about to make a big batch of this pesto!