So. This sandwich?

SO good.

I’m starting to think no matter what the preparation is, Copper River salmon is going to be delicious. Every way we’ve eaten it so far has been absolutely perfect and this was no exception.

Avocado is mashed with pesto, spread over fresh ciabatta bread, and then topped with a luscious piece of salmon. The flavors are incredible.

It isn’t exactly the easiest sandwich to eat, but I promise that you won’t even care. The ultra-rich, plentiful good fats and food favorites completely make up for it.


Salmon Sandwich with Pesto Avocado Spread

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 mintues

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Keywords: entree sandwich high protein salmon


Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 1 avocado
  • 3 Tbsp prepared pesto
  • 4 ciabatta buns
  • 4- 4oz. pieces of salmon
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • greens if desired


Stir pesto into smashed avocado and set aside.

Remove skin from salmon and season with salt and pepper.

Heat pan to medium-high heat and add butter to coat pan.

Add salmon to hot pan, cooking for about 4 minutes.

Flip over and cook on other side for another 2-3 minutes, until salmon is cooked through.

Divide avocado spread between the 4 buns.

Top with piece of salmon.

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13 Comments (Reply )

  1. luv what you do
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    That looks delish! Far more exciting than the boring lunch I am taking into work today. I like the idea of avocado and pesto mixed. Yum!


    • Emily
      Jul 05, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

      Try the avocado + pesto! It is amazing!


  2. Faith @ For the Health of It
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 8:54 am

    Agreed – anything with pesto is worth the mess. I’ve been hoarding the last of my jar and don’t really have enough to make anything with other than a quick sandwich – time to restock!


  3. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 9:13 am

    oooh, this sounds fantastic!


  4. Alysha @Shesontherun
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    This is something I would definitely order in restaurant :) Is there a specific kind of jarred pesto you like?


    • Emily
      Jul 05, 2012 @ 8:40 pm

      I’m not really that picky. My favorite brand (the name escapes me, I used to buy it in Minneapolis) was delicious but really expensive. Now, I usually buy it from Trader Joe’s.


  5. Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    I am definitely making this the next time I grill salmon–you have the best recipes!


    • Emily
      Jul 05, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

      So sweet, thank you! :)


  6. janetha [meals & moves]
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

    that spread sounds absolutely dreamy.


  7. Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 11:30 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE salmon!!!! The only time I’ve had it was at Ruby Tuesday’s and I fell in LOVE with it! It is SO good! Hopefully I’ll be able to convince my mom to get some when we hit the grocery store this next week — I really want to have it again (and my doctor says I need to focus on my omega 3′s to help with my knee, so it will be good for me in that regards). ;)


  8. Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth
    Jul 07, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    Avocado with pesto? What a great idea! This sandwich looks like it would be served at a fancy restaurant! Yum, I want one!


  9. Lori
    Jul 07, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

    This sounds amazing! I never think of eating salmon on a sandwich and I have no idea why. Pesto sounds like the perfect spread for it.


  10. erin
    Jul 09, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

    I completely agree… Copper River salmon is fantastic no matter how it’s prepared. And, this sounds amazing! May have to make it for my pre-triathlon meal Friday night :)


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