68° F
Mostly Cloudy
Mostly Cloudy

Donna's Pistachio Breaded Salmon on a Bed of Spinach & Pasta with Pomegranate Honey Dressing

Published On: Feb 26 2013 08:31:53 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 28 2013 04:32:44 PM CST
Pistachio Breaded Salmon on a Bed of Spinach & Pasta with Pomegranate Honey Dressing

Pistachio Breaded Salmon on a Bed of Spinach & Pasta with Pomegranate Honey Dressing

There are many health benefits to the Mediterranean diet which includes eating more vegetables, fish, olive oil, and nuts. You can eat the Mediterranean way with this healthful salad with lots of color and flavor.


  • 1 pound skinless salmon fillet, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup pistachio nuts, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil


  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil


  • 1/4 pound penne pasta, 51% whole grain
  • 6 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 medium red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup Greek olives
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat feta cheese, optional

Remove salmon from wrappings and set aside. In a shallow bowl, combine egg with salt and pepper. Place panko bread crumbs with the chopped pistachios in another shallow bowl. Dip each piece of salmon in egg and then place each fillet in nut mixture. Press firmly to coat on both sides. Place on a plate and set aside. Cover and refrigerate until ready to cook.

Prepare dressing. In a small sauce pan, bring pomegranate juice to a boil. Continue to boil gently until reduced to 1/4 cup. Add remaining ingredients and whisk until well mixed. Set aside.

Cook pasta in boiling salted water according to package directions. Drain well.
In 4 individual serving dishes, layer spinach, pasta, pepper, olives, and feta cheese. Set aside.

When ready to cook salmon, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat oil in a non stick skillet. Add salmon to the skillet and cook over medium heat until brown on both sides of each piece of salmon. Place skillet in oven and bake for 10 - 15 minutes or until salmon is cooked through. The time will depend on the thickness of the fillets. When salmon is done, place a salmon fillet on top of the spinach salad in each serving dish. Drizzle with dressing.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information per serving:

  • Calories: 480
  • Fat, gm.: 20
  • Protein, gm.: 31
  • Carbs, gm.: 45
  • Cholesterol, mg.: 100
  • Fiber, gm.: 5.8

-- Recipe by UW Health Nutritionist Donna L. Weihofen, RD, MS

  • iOS 8

    From Apple

    Best new Apple iOS 8 features

    Apple's iOS 8 is here, and it's packed with slick new features. Take a look at some of the best changes to the latest version of the popular mobile operating system.

  • Testing for Ebola

    REUTERS/Misha Hussain

    Common myths about Ebola

    At least eight Ebola aid workers and journalists were reportedly murdered in a remote village in Guinea in a brutal example of growing distrust locals have of foreigners coming to help stem the mushrooming health crisis. Take a look at common myths about the deadly virus.

  • Police lights file 2

    Ridiculous 911 calls

    Have you ever considered calling 911 because of a massive spider in your house? How about because a McDonald's employee got your order wrong? Take a look at some of the strangest reasons people have recently called 911.


    Events calendar

    Looking for something to do? Visit Channel 3000's events section featuring dining, food, music and family-friendly events throughout Madison and the surrounding area.

  • Get your weather app and WISC-TV3 deliver local forecasts, live radar, school closings and alerts for Madison and South Central Wisconsin to iOS or Android devices.

  • Learn more about WISC-TV

    Meet the News 3 staff, learn about our newscasts, search our job postings and find out how to contact us.