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Pesto Salmon Recipe for Kids

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Get your kids to eat this nutrient-rich superfood with this delicious pesto salmon recipe.

Created by a nine-year-old, this simple recipe makes it easy for your kids to help you cook.

Pesto salmon recipe that your kids will love - and you will, too!

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Pesto salmon recipe that your kids will love - and you will, too!

Pesto Salmon Recipe for Kids

  • Author: J.D., age 9
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 4-5 1x


  • 1 1/3 lbs salmon fillets
  • 2 tbsp pesto
  • 2 tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • toasted pecans
  • plum tomatoes, diced
  • basil leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Mix mayo, pesto and Worcestershire sauce together.
  3. Break toasted pecans into small pieces (a rolling pin works great for this).
  4. Place salmon fillets in a baking dish large enough so that they don’t overlap. Spread the pesto/mayo mixture over the top of the fillets. Sprinkle the pecan pieces over the pesto mixture. Bake 10-15 minutes depending on the thickness of the fillets. Sprinkle the baked salmon with the diced tomatoes. Tear the basil leaves into small pieces over the tomatoes and serve.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins

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This is just one of dozens of recipes created by kids for kids in the Small Fries Cookbook.

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