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This easy Sheet Pan Salmon with Sage Pesto and Root Vegetables is heart and flavor-packed weeknight dinner recipe! Sheet pan dinners are great because they’re mostly hands-off cooking and usually have a little bit of something for everyone. This salmon dinner is smothered in a unique sage and pistachio pesto and is cooked along side hearty fall root vegetables.
Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner with Sage Pesto
This Sheet Pan Salmon with Root Vegetables is the perfect dinner any night of the week! Sheet pan dinners with fish are so versatile: in the summer, you can use fresh zucchini, bell peppers, and corn; in the fall and winter, root vegetables; and in the spring, asparagus, peas, and artichokes. The salmon is topped with an awesome sage pesto that is a switch-up from the classic basil version. It pairs so nicely with the heartier root vegetables, but feel free to use basil in the warmer seasons if you are using other veggies.
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This recipes come to you from the Half Baked Harvest Cookbook, and to no surprise from Tieghan, it is a stunning cookbook filled with so many recipes, from her swoon-worthy barn in the mountains!
While this cookbook isn’t totally gluten-free or paleo-friendly, it is 100% adaptable and FABULOUS. On my list of recipes to make:
- Salted Fig + Maple Butter + Tahini Toast
- Buddha Smoothie Bowl
- Quick Kickin’ Cajun Shrimp & Rice
- Perfect Potato Soup with Crunchy Kale
- Garlic Lemon Butter Shrimp
- and so many more!
Tips for sheet pan cooking:
- Read the recipe all the way through (of course) and plan to use a timer so you can truly walk away from the oven.
- Do the prep ahead of time: Cut vegetables or make pesto the night before or that morning if you are looking to speed up the process when it comes time for the actual cooking.
- Use parchment paper to make clean up a breeze.
- Use the correct size sheet pan. When we say sheet pan we are referring to the rimmed half sheet pan which is 18″ by 13″. The size of the sheet pan matters because you do not want to overcrowd the pan when cooking, so if you are using a smaller sheet pan you may need to use 2 to achieve the same result.
If you like this sheet pan recipe, check out these others:
- Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggies
- Sheet Pan Kielbasa Sausage and Sauerkraut Dinner
- Chicken “Pizza” Sheet Pan Dinner
- Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken and Veggies
- Sheet Pan Herb Butter Salmon with Blistered Tomatoes and Green Beans
Want more salmon recipes? Try these:
- Maple Glazed Salmon
- Tomato Jalapeno Salmon Burgers
- Horseradish Encrusted Salmon
- Salmon and Veggies en Papillote
Grab Tieghan’s cookbook here!
Sheet Pan Salmon with Sage Pesto and Root Vegetables
- 3 small beets halved
- 2 carrots chopped
- 1 small to medium sweet potato diced
- 12 baby potatoes about 1"
- 12 Brussels sprouts halved
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 4 5- to 6-ounce salmon fillets
- Fresh lemon juice optional
For Sage Pesto:
- 1 cup fresh sage leaves
- 1 cup baby kale
- ⅓ cup toasted pistachios
- Optional: ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt
- Crushed red pepper flakes
- Preheat the oven to 425ºF.
- On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, baby potatoes, and Brussels sprouts with the olive oil. Season with salt and black pepper. Roast for about 20 minutes, or until the veggies are slightly tender.
- MEANWHILE, MAKE THE PESTO. In a food processor, combine the sage, kale, and pistachios and pulse until finely chopped. Add the Parmesan, if adding, and pulse again. With the motor running, drizzle in the olive oil. Season with salt and red pepper flakes.
- Remove the veggies from the oven and push them to one side of the pan. Put the salmon on the other side. Rub a few tablespoons of the sage pesto over each fillet.
- Return the pan to the oven and roast for 10 to 20 minutes more, until the salmon reaches your desired doneness and the veggies are soft.
- If desired, squeeze a drop of lemon juice over the salmon. Serve with the roasted veggies and extra sage pesto alongside.