Good food doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive!  This meal takes about 30 minutes total and is ready to serve once it’s in the oven.  Salmon is a great source of omega 3’s and protein, providing many health benefits including reducing inflammation in the body and improving cardiovascular health.

thumbnail_pestobakedsalmonCooking in parchment packets improves flavor and also helps seal in the nutrients of the food being cooked, which are simply extra bonuses to an already low maintenance, delicious meal.


  • 1 fillet of sockeye salmon
  • 2 tbsp pesto
  • 3-4 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ fresh lemon, squeezed
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 8-10 spears of asparagus
  • Parchment packets


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Drizzle olive oil over asparagus spears and season with salt and pepper.  Place asparagus side by side in the bottom of the parchment packet. Spread pesto mixture evenly over salmon fillet.  Top with cherry tomatoes and drizzle ½ the amount of lemon juice over all. Place salmon on top of asparagus spears in the parchment packet and fold edges of packet to create a seal.  Place packet on a baking sheet and put in oven for 20 minutes, or until salmon is cooked through.  Cut open packet and drizzle with remaining lemon juice. Serve and enjoy!

Bridget Baxter