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Salmon with Basil Sauce and Tomato Salad

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 servings (I find this amount works just right for me, my husband, and our 4 year old)) 1x


Summery salmon with a beautiful, big-flavored basil sauce and a simple little tomato salad.


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Spice-Rubbed Salmon:

  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb. salmon filet, cut into 23 pieces

Basil Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup packed fresh basil
  • 1 small bunch of fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, optional
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup mayo (more as needed to keep it creamy)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 12 tablespoons lemon juice
  • small pinch of salt, to taste

Tomato Salad:

  • 1 1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 2 ear sweet corn, cut off the cob
  • 12 cups fresh spinach or spring greens
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced chives or parsley
  • salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste
  • 2 cups cooked rice or grains for serving (I use precooked to make it easy)


  1. Prep: Prep the tomato salad.
  2. Make the basil sauce: Blend the basil sauce ingredients until almost completely smooth, with just a few flecks remaining.
  3. Prep the salmon: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Mix the spices in a small bowl and stir in the olive oil. Coat the salmon with the spice paste.
  4. Bake the salmon: Bake on a parchment-lined baking sheet for 9-12 minutes, or until 135 degrees in the thickest part. (It’s all personal preference, but this is the doneness that we like best – it’s a medium-well done salmon.)
  5. Assemble the meal: Plate the salmon over the rice, serve with salad, and spoon the sauce over the top. Season with salt and pepp. Mwah!
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: salmon recipe, basil sauce, salmon with sauce