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Lemony Salmon and Pasta

Total Time

Prep: 1 hour Broil: 15 min.


8 servings

I served this at a small dinner party once, and it was so well received I've served it many times since. It has a zippy combination of flavors. The salmon veggies all complement each other. —Coleen Martin


  • 1 whole garlic bulb
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 5 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 salmon fillets (2 pounds), cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 plum tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, cut into 1/4-inch strips
  • 1 medium sweet yellow pepper, cut into 1/4-inch strips
  • 1 large red onion, sliced
  • 8 ounces uncooked penne pasta
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash dried tarragon
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 cup pitted ripe olives
  • 1/4 cup sunflower kernels, toasted


  1. Cut top off garlic bulb, leaving root end intact. Place cut side up in a small ungreased baking dish; drizzle water around the garlic. Slowly drizzle 1 tablespoon oil into center of bulb. Cover and bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until garlic is very soft. Cool for 5 minutes. Squeeze softened garlic from skins; set aside.
  2. Combine the Cajun seasoning, honey and remaining oil; spoon half over the salmon. In a bowl, combine tomatoes, peppers and onion; add remaining honey mixture and toss to coat. Place salmon and vegetables on a greased broiler pan. Broil 3-4 in. from the heat for 6-8 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork and vegetables are crisp-tender.
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. In a saucepan, combine the first nine sauce ingredients; cook and stir until butter is melted. Drain the pasta. In a large serving bowl, gently toss pasta, lemon sauce, softened garlic, salmon and vegetables. Sprinkle with olives and sunflower kernels.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 565 calories, 35g fat (9g saturated fat), 87mg cholesterol, 1608mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 3g fiber), 28g protein.

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