Poached Salmon and Broccoli Pesto Salad

While many people are scared of fish because it can be difficult to cook correctly, poaching is one of the more approachable methods for perfectly juicy salmon, and the warm broccoli pesto salad is a great accompanying dish.


Category: Dinner Calorie Count: 462 Macronutrient ratio: Carb-induced calories—6% Protein: 37 grams Carbohydrates: 7 grams Total Fat: 31 grams
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


Broccoli Pesto Salad

  • 1/2 head cauliflower
  • 1 head broccoli
  • 1 cup cabbage shredded
  • 2 tablespoons capers drained
  • 1/4 cup olives pitted
  • 1/4 cup Kale Avocado Pesto separate recipe
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

Poached Salmon

  • 1/2 cup chicken stock or substitute with vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 bunch dill freshly chopped
  • 1 bunch parsley freshly chopped
  • 4 fillets salmon
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • Start on the salad by cutting the cauliflower and broccoli into bite-sized florets; place the cauliflower in a steamer and cook 2 minutes before adding the broccoli for another 4 minutes until the vegetables are cooked, but still a little crisp. Remove from heat and take off the lid, placing the cabbage into a mixing bowl.
  • In the mixing bowl, add capers, olives, pesto, and olive oil to the cauliflower and broccoli. Season with salt and pepper to taste, mix well, and set aside.
  • To poach your salmon, heat the chicken stock, lemon juice, vinegar, onion, garlic, dill, and parsley in a large pan over medium heat. Season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper, then—when the liquid is simmering—add the salmon, covering with a lid. Reduce your heat to medium-low and cook 7-10 minutes, using a slotted spoon to transfer your salmon to serving plates.
  • On the serving plates, drizzle your salmon with olive oil, serving with the prepared broccoli pesto salad. Either discard the poaching liquid or save for future use.


Tools Needed:
  • Chopping knife
  • Cutting board
  • Steamer
  • Mixing bowl
  • Slotted spoon
  • Serving plates

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