Vibrant Delight: Pasta with Salmon and Herbaceous Green Goddess Pesto

July 13, 2023

The irresistible charm of pasta with salmon is undeniable, and I discovered it firsthand while savoring our Green Goddess Salmon Burgers. This delightful dish combines the richness of salmon with the vibrant flavors of a green goddess dressing, featuring a harmonious blend of fresh herbs like basil, parsley, dill, tarragon, chive, and scallion, resulting in a truly mouthwatering experience.

A Fresh Approach to Herb-Infused Deliciousness

Spring’s arrival reinvigorates this recipe, as fresh, vibrant herbs are once again readily available and cost-effective, unlike the sparse herb bunches of winter, or worse, their total absence. I had been toying with the idea of a unique, quasi-Asian salmon dish infused with green goddess herbs, akin to our Crispy Scallion Ginger Salmon. However, that idea was met with skepticism from my family, prompting a pivot that eventually resulted in this vibrant dish, Pasta with Salmon and Herbaceous Green Goddess Pesto.

This dish has rapidly become a personal favorite—each bite is a cause for celebration and a testament to the deliciousness of this recipe. It’s been a unanimous hit with the family and is set to make numerous appearances throughout the coming summer.

Embracing the Verdant Delights of Spring

This recipe isn’t a traditional green goddess. It subtly shifts to a green goddess pesto, substituting the usual creaminess to complement a scrumptious, caper-laden, garlic-infused creamy pasta. This pasta, speckled with peas and crowned with perfectly crisp, golden salmon, creates an irresistible springtime feast.

To add an extra layer of flavor to this dish, consider incorporating a dash of white wine in the sauce. Deglaze your pan with it after cooking the garlic and capers. The alcohol will cook off, leaving behind a delicate, sophisticated note to the overall dish.

If you prefer a slightly healthier variation of the recipe, substitute heavy cream with Greek yogurt or a low-fat cream. You’ll retain some creaminess while cutting down on calories and saturated fats.

Lastly, don’t forget the versatility of this dish. You can switch up the protein with shrimp, chicken, or even tofu for a vegetarian version. Feel free to play around with different types of pasta too – penne or tagliatelle would work equally well.

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