Spinach and Salmon Salad with Arugula Pesto

Arugula is probably one of my favorite greens. There is something about that peppery taste that I LOVE and I was excited to try out a pesto with arugula as the base.  All of the flavors of this spinach and salmon salad blend together so well and it’s a wonderful light and fresh summer meal for lunch or dinner.

Note: You will notice the inclusion of green beans in this salad. I realize that this vegetable/legume is debatable in the Paleo diet. I eat them; but if you don’t than please just simply exclude from the recipe or replace with another vegetable of your choice. 

salmon spinach salad

Arugula Pesto

2 cups packed fresh arugula

1 clove garlic

¼ cup walnuts

½ cup olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

In a food processor, blend the arugula, garlic and walnuts until finely chopped. With the machine running, gradually add the olive oil, processing until well blended. Transfer pesto to bowl and stir in salt and pepper to taste. Pesto can be made a couple days in advance, just cover and refrigerate!


3 cups spinach

2 cups micro greens

1 cup shredded cabbage

1 carrot shredded

1 cup chopped green beans

½ cup pepitas

For green beans: steam until al dente and then run them under cold water until cool. Chop into bite size pieces

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, Add 4 Tbsp of pesto and toss greens until well combined. Place in refrigerator or set aside while you prepare fish.


2 Salmon Filets

Salt and Pepper

2 Tbsp Arugula Pesto

Salt and pepper both sides of salmon filets and lay on baking sheet. Top each filet with 1 Tbsp of arugula pesto and spread over the top. Cook the fish under a broiler for approximately 5 minutes (depending on how thick filet is) or until fish is flaking and opaque.


  1. says

    Hi Rachel

    I follow, or live a low carb high fat lifestyle. I love salmon with spinach and this recipe looks delicious.
    I think if a recipe fits with your lifestyle then go for it.

    Thanks for sharing your ideas

    All the best Jan

  2. says

    That pesto looks amazing!! I feel ya on the arugula- such a distinct flavor! Love it! Just kicked off my own Paleo blog last week- would love your thoughts!! :)

  3. says

    I eat green beans as well (peas too!)… I figure that our caveman ancestor would have picked vegetable pods if they saw them growing on plants, and beans and peas would have been included in them.

    And you can eat them raw…. actually I have very fond memories of eating peas out of the pods while helping my grandfather in his garden as a young child…. I used to eat the beans as well…. fresh of the plant. Yummy.

  4. says

    Thank you Rachel! I gave this a go and it was awesome. I’ve never had arugula pesto and it certainly delivered. Also I left the beans out and it was simply fabulous. Thanks for sharing!

  5. says

    Thanks for the meal…Salmon is by far my favorite fish. I just eat it the same way every time and it’s starting to get old. This looks like a winner though.

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