Broiled Salmon with Olive Pesto - Delicious Decisions

healthy fats low cholesterol cookbook

An aromatic pesto accented with black olives and citrus makes the flavor profile of this dish more sophisticated than your average broiled salmon. Not only is it packed with salmon’s heart-healthy omega 3s, it’s also super fast to cook.

Nutrition Facts

Broiled Salmon with Olive Pesto - Delicious Decisions


205 Per Serving


25g Per Serving


1g Per Serving
Calories 205
Total Fat 10.5 g
Saturated Fat 1.5 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.5 g
Cholesterol 53 mg
Sodium 149 mg
Total Carbohydrate 3 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Sugars 1 g
Protein 25 g

Dietary Exchanges
3 lean meat


Servings  4  

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup loosely packed, fresh basil
  • 2 Tbsp pine nuts
  • 2 Tbsp sliced black olives
  • 1 tsp grated orange zest
  • 2 Tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 medium garlic cloves (minced)
  • 4 salmon fillets (about 4 ounces each), rinsed, patted dry


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  1. Preheat the broiler. Lightly spray the broiler pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a food processor or blender, process the remaining ingredients except the fish for 15 to 20 seconds, or until slightly chunky.
  3. Place the fish on the broiler pan. Using a pastry brush or spoon, spread the basil mixture over both sides of the fish.
  4. Broil the fish about 4 inches from the heat for 5 to 6 minutes. Turn over the fish. Broil for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the desired doneness.
Healthy Fats, Low-Cholesterol Cookbook

Healthy Fats, Low-Cholesterol Cookbook

The cookbook offers more than 200 dishes, which range from snacks to desserts. It also includes the American Heart Association’s healthy lifestyle recommendations and strategies on healthy shopping, cooking, and dining out. You’ll also find information on heart disease and stroke, including their risk factors and warning signs.

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This recipe is reprinted from AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION HEALTHY FATS, LOW-CHOLESTEROL COOKBOOK, Fifth Edition. Copyright ©2015 by American Heart Association. Cover photo by Lucy Schaeffer. Published by Harmony Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Available from booksellers everywhere.