Embark on your clean eating journey with Wwei with her kitchen-experiments-turned-success recipes. Today's clean recipe is a delicious and simple Salmon Pesto Pasta Salad!

This recipe is kind of like a cheat meal, as there are carbohydrates involved. Substitute your usual pasta with whole-wheat spaghetti.

You will need a food processor to make fresh pesto.

INGREDIENTS (1 SERVING):

  • Salmon
  • Whole-wheat spaghetti
  • Arugula
  • Tomatoes (cherry, grape, or on-the-vine), cut into halves
  • Half an avocado, cut into cubes
  • Herbs (whichever you prefer: thyme, rosemary, oregano, mixed, etc)
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper

PESTO SAUCE:

  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/8 cup of pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small squeeze lemon juice (optional)
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

STEPS:

  1. Marinate the salmon with salt, black pepper, and herbs. Set aside in fridge.
  2. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  3. Spread the pine nuts over a baking tray. Bake in oven for 5 minutes or until lightly toasted.
  4. Remove from oven and set aside for 10 minutes.
  5. Put whole-wheat spaghetti in boiling salted water. Use a large saucepan or pot and make sure the pasta is fully emerged in the hot water.
  6. Place the lid on and bring water back to boil. Stir lightly to prevent it from sticking.
  7. Once the pot is boiling again, remove the lid for the remaining cook time to prevent the pasta from boiling over. Reduce heat if necessary.
  8. After pasta is cooked (time is usually stated at the back of the packet), drain the pasta into a colander in the sink. Rinse the pasta and set aside.
  9. Place the pine nuts and basil leaves into the bowl of a food processor and pulse several times.
  10. Add the garlic and cheese and pulse several times more.
  11. Scrap down the sides of the food processor.
  12. Gradually add in the oil, and pulse. You just need enough to bind the sauce and get it to a smooth consistency, so add it bit by bit.
  13. Season to taste. You may like to add a squeeze of lemon juice at the end. Set aside.
  14. Add a little bit of oil into the saucepan and pan-fry the salmon on both sides.
  15. Shred the salmon.
  16. Place the arugula, tomatoes, avocado, spaghetti, salmon and pesto in a large bowl and toss.

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There you have it!