You meet a lot of people in your lifetime. Some become “friends”, some become “people you know”.
Some friends you loose touch, some you don’t.
Lisa is one that I kept in touch. When I started living in Atlanta I had no friends. She came to my rescue, showed me around and introduced me to new things.
Over the years we were there for each other through thick and thin. I was the one convincing her to pursue her dreams of culinary arts. She was there for me during my never-ending visa issues and boyfriend problems.
For me, this past week was a look at past and a celebration of now with a good old friend. For her, in addition to fun times, it was a check mark on a destination on her bucket list that she would not have visited if we were not living here.
We cooked, photographed, cruised around the island, watched back-to-back episodes of “Homeland” and most importantly, visited with each other. Stuff that you do with a good friend. Best part of it is that she is as excited as I am about my blog.
Lisa, who worked in top restaurants in Atlanta and currently works for Whole Foods, is very passionate about ingredients and how to pair them to create flavors that complement each other.
We were looking for a way to flavor a piece of salmon and turn it into a simple dish that could be served over simple greens for lunch (or for dinner). This is exactly how this “Salmon Marinated in “Cilantro and Parsley Pesto” recipe came to life.
For some people salmon could be a dry, flavorless piece of fish but this pesto changes that. Lisa (and now, I too) swears by it. Here is how she feels about it from her own words;
“This pesto is a sure hit with all guests. I made this dish numerous times as a caterer. The smoky flavor from the chili pepper flakes, nutty nuances from the pine nut, sharp yet delicious saltiness from the Parmiggiano Reggiano… just really goes well in seafood dishes. What can I say?? I just love the versatile sauce.”
The secret to this recipe is letting the salmon marinate with the pesto in room temperature for at least half an hour prior to cooking. This allows the salmon to absorb all the flavors in this garlicky pesto.
Believe me it is definitely worth your time.
The best thing about it is that you can make the Cilantro Parsley Pesto in advance and pair them up half an hour before cooking. While you are cleaning and cutting the salad let it marinate.
Super fast and super delicious weeknight dinner.
I promise you, your family and friends are in for a treat with this “restaurant quality”, easy and quick to make salmon dish.
A Recipe by Lisa Dutta.