Cilantro-Pesto Salmon with Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Poblano Peppers

If you asked me what I’m good at it, I would probably have a difficult time responding. I’m extremely critical of myself and I’ve never been big on tooting my own horn. My adoring husband, however, would tell you have lots of talents.
But let’s just focus on the ones I can do in the kitchen.
He’ll never hesitate to compliment my cooking, whether I’ve made some fabulous new (or old) healthy dish for a weeknight dinner, or prepared a perfectly matched multi-course dinner for friends. But there’s something else my husband thinks I’m really good at – much better at than any normal person. And that is my knack for using just about every bowl, utensil, and gadget in the kitchen to make even the simplest of meals. And friends, we have a pretty big kitchen with a lot of stuff so this is not to be taken lightly. Unfortunately, he’s not too fond of this particular talent because, of course, he’s the dishwasher in the house.

After I made this jalapeno-and-tomato-baked tilapia with potatoes recipe (I need a title that is less of a mouthful), I decided we could use a lot more one-dish (or just a few dish) -type meals. I like potatoes, but I love sweet potatoes and wanted to make a similar dish using those instead. I happen to think salmon goes well with sweet potatoes, and thought that a nutty pesto could stand in for the tomato sauce. I added roasted poblano peppers and onions because, as you know, I’m incapable of keeping things simple.
The result? A dish that only required washing a single knife and cutting board, one baking dish, and a blender. That’s pretty good for me, and Ben was quite pleased. But more importantly, it tasted wonderful. Let’s just say, we’ll definitely be making this one again soon.
Salmon with Cilantro Pesto and Honey-Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Poblanos

1/2 lb peeled, sliced sweet potatoes

1 medium poblano pepper, sliced thinly

1/2 cup (50gm) thinly sliced red onion
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
2 4oz boneless, skinless salmon filets
1 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 cup chopped tomato
juice from1 lime
1 clove of garlic, peeled
1/2 oz Trader Joe’s Thai Lime & Chili Cashews

Preheat oven to 375. Arrange sliced sweet potatoes, poblano peppers, and onions in a baking dish. Drizzle with the honey and olive oil. Season with a pinch of salt and toss to coat. Roast for about 15 minutes. Remove pan from oven and toss the vegetables around a bit, then return and roast for another 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, season the salmon filets with salt and pepper. In a blender, combine the cilantro, tomato, lime juice, garlic, and cashews. Pulse until smooth.

Arrange the salmon filets on top of the roasted vegetables. Spread a layer of pesto on top of each one. Bake for another 15-20 minutes, until fish is just opaque in the center.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 2
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 452.8
Total Fat: 19.3 g
Cholesterol: 68.0 mg
Sodium: 160.3 mg
Total Carbs: 44.4 g
Dietary Fiber: 6.5 g
Protein: 26.8 g

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20 Responses to “Cilantro-Pesto Salmon with Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Poblano Peppers”

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    Shannon — April 12, 2010 @ 1:06 pm Reply

    haha, i have a tendency to use alot of dishes, too! except then i have to wash them all myself :(tpesto and salmon, i'm going to have to try that one! and i've been meaning to try poblano's myself… too many things to do!!!

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    Taste of Beirut — April 12, 2010 @ 1:11 pm Reply

    CaraI tend to think you have a lot of talents and are very open-minded and creative, based on what you come up in the food-realm; here you have combined my all-time favorites; I am not that crazy about salmon, but with the vegetables around it I will snarf it down in no time!

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    Kalyn — April 12, 2010 @ 1:24 pm Reply

    This sounds good! I have to confess that I'm also bad about dirtying every dish in the kitchen when I cook.

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    Sandi — April 12, 2010 @ 1:51 pm Reply

    this looks amazing….I am definitely going to try it….thanks for sharing

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    Dawn — April 12, 2010 @ 1:56 pm Reply

    This recipe makes me really wish I loved salmon. I have had it and loved it several times and then tried to cook it myself and it never comes out very well. Not sure what the heck I'm doing wrong…

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    Jennifer — April 12, 2010 @ 2:28 pm Reply

    YUM!!!!!!!! I eat sweet potatoes pretty much daily and seafood as well. Perfect pair!! Look forward to trying this!

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    Dawn — April 12, 2010 @ 2:36 pm Reply

    One more comment….I saw your question about the chicken sausage on my blog and wanted to reply but I can't find your contact email (it's probably right in front of me)…all I did was contact the company a while back and tell them how much I love their sausage and sign up for the newsletter. They sent me coupons to get free packages and then I got this one in the mail!

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    Steph Chung — April 12, 2010 @ 4:16 pm Reply

    This dish looks fabulous! When I'm in the kitchen I often find myself using up every single possible bowl and plate too, so this recipe is definitely for me!

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — April 12, 2010 @ 4:57 pm Reply

    thanks for the linkage…damn girl your pics that you put up from their site look better than mine…you're awesome!!!!!! pics make the post, and I may have to swipe those LOLSeriously, thx for supporting me and being a great bloggie friend!xoxo

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    Joanne — April 12, 2010 @ 6:19 pm Reply

    I manage to wreck my kitchen just about every time I use it, so I understand completely. A good dish that only dirties one item is a keeper for sure. Plus when you add cilantro, sweet potatoes, and salmon? It is a verified miracle.

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    Maria — April 12, 2010 @ 8:32 pm Reply

    Awesome dish! I love all of the flavors going on!

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    Bridget — April 12, 2010 @ 10:30 pm Reply

    Yes!!! What a great adaptation of what was already one of my favorite new recipes. I can't wait to try this!

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    Cynthia — April 13, 2010 @ 12:44 am Reply

    Cara, thanks so much for stopping by. You have a beautiful place here in the net. I'll be back!

  14. 14 — April 13, 2010 @ 1:06 pm Reply

    Love your blog. Your pictures serve that food justice! I'm a huge fan of pesto and salmon, so this recipe sound perfect!

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    ashley — April 13, 2010 @ 2:38 pm Reply

    the kitchen is always a disaster after i cook. most of the time i clean it up myself cause i feel to guilty having hubby clean it. this looks delish!

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    Tasha — April 14, 2010 @ 2:32 pm Reply

    This sounds absolutely amazing! Definitely a combination I would've have thought of myself.

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    Ashlea — April 14, 2010 @ 7:33 pm Reply

    This looks amazing and a good twist on salmon. I have baked it with olive oil and lemon too much. Thanks for sharing!

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    Alanna Kellogg — April 15, 2010 @ 2:03 pm Reply

    It all depends on the recipe, doesn't it? I work hard to find recipes that don't create too much work for the adoring-complimenting-dishwashing Bens of the world. Lovely dish!

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    jeroxie — April 16, 2010 @ 1:35 pm Reply

    A delicious dish that requires little washing up gets a big star. And I love the photos as well.

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    Taste of Beirut — April 5, 2011 @ 1:19 am Reply

    CaraI tend to think you have a lot of talents and are very open-minded and creative, based on what you come up in the food-realm; here you have combined my all-time favorites; I am not that crazy about salmon, but with the vegetables around it I will snarf it down in no time!

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