Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Summer Salmon and Jersey Royals Tray Bake With Walnut and Basil Pesto

This is such a lovely, light and fresh dish which makes the most of beautiful salmon, the first crop of Jersey Royals which are in season now, and the first British asparagus (if you can get hold of it) plus a myriad of other spring and summer vegetables that you can mix and match depending what you have in stock. It's also quick and easy and can be on the table 20 minutes after getting in from work.

I've used some of my Walnut and Basil Pesto here - a portion from the freezer from when I made a big batch, but you could use an ordinary pine nut version, or store bought. You could also use something else entirely - a drizzle of olive oil, some fresh herbs or harissa would, and does work well here.

The below serves two.

Here's how:

Firstly fill and boil the kettle and place the oven on at 180.

Rinse the potatoes then place into a pan and cover with the boiling water. Cook for twelve minutes or until just cooked.

In the meantime add the garlic cloves to a tray, and the cherry tomatoes.

Peel the onion and cut into cubes and cut the yellow pepper into similar sized and shaped pieces and add to the tray.

Remove the potatoes with a slotted spoon and add the green beans to the boiling water, still on the heat for two minutes.

Once you can handle the potatoes, slice in half and scatter into the tray.

Drain the green beans and add to the tray along with the asparagus.

Now gently sit the salmon on top of the tray and drizzle over the Walnut and Basil Pesto ensuring it is evenly distributed. 

Summer Salmon and Jersey Royals Tray Bake with Walnut and Basil Pesto

Finally place in the oven for 12 minutes exactly. Remove from the oven and plate up straight away.

Salmon Tray Bake

Enjoy a lovely taste of summer. 

Summer Salmon and Jersey Royals Tray Bake with Walnut and Basil Pesto

TIPPLE TIP: This is really lovely with a white wine, Champagne or Prosecco, I enjoyed it last night with some Laurent Perrier we had left over from the weekend.

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