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California Walnuts

Crunchy Walnut-Crusted Salmon Fillets

For a full meal, serve salmon on a bed of baby spinach, drizzled with a light lemony vinaigrette or asparagus spears and baby potatoes.

California Walnut-Encrusted Salmon

1 cup chopped California Walnuts 250 mL
2 tbsp dry bread crumbs 30 mL
2 tbsp grated lemon rind 30 mL
1 tbsp olive oil 15 mL
1 tbsp chopped fresh dill (or 1 tsp/5 mL dried) 15 mL
Salt and pepper to taste
4 salmon fillets (skin on), about 1 lb/ 500 g 4
2 tsp dijon mustard 10 mL
lemon juice

In food processor, add walnuts, bread crumbs, lemon rind, oil, dill and salt and pepper to taste; pulse until crumbly [mixture should stick together slightly]. Set aside.

On pan, place salmon fillets, skin side down, and brush tops with mustard. Divide crust mixture into four; press onto mustard. Cover salmon with plastic wrap; refrigerate 15 minutes or up to 2 hours. Bake at 350°F [180°C] 15 minutes or until salmon flakes with fork. Drizzle with lemon juice.

Makes 4 servings.