Salmon Cakes with Lemon Pesto Recipe

Get creative in your kitchen and try this salmon cake recipe, topped with a zesty lemon pesto.

From "The Heal Your Gut Cookbook"
May 2018

  • This recipe can be made with the lemon pesto sauce as well.
    © 2014 by Mary G. Brackett
  • “The Heal Your Cut Cookbook” by Hilary Boynton and Mary G. Brackett features over 100 delicious and GAPS diet-friendly recipes.
    © 2014 by Mary G. Brackett

Yield: 4 servings

The Heal Your Gut Cookbook (Chelsea Green, 2014) by Hilary Boynton and Mary G. Brackett brings together recipes designed by Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) diet experts that help protect your gut from illnesses. This cookbook arms readers with the tools and ingredients to make sure their GAPS diet is a successful and pain-free experience. The following excerpt is their recipe for salmon cakes with lemon pesto.


• 1 5 to 6 ounces can boneless, skinless wild Alaskan salmon, or 1 cup cooked wild salmon, flaked with a fork
• 1/3 cup squash puree
• 3 pastured eggs
• Sea salt and black pepper
• 2 tbsp. minced red or white onion
• 1/2 bunch fresh parsley, chopped
• Fat for the pan, such as ghee or coconut oil


1. Mix the salmon and squash together with a fork. Stir in the eggs, salt, pepper, onion, and parsley. Make into patties about 3/4 inch thick.

2. Heat 2 tablespoons of fat in a skillet. Cook the Salmon Cakes in batches, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Add fat as needed for each new batch. Serve on a bed of fresh greens with Lemon Pesto (recipe follows).

Lemon Pesto

Makes approximately 1 pint

• 2 to 3 garlic cloves
• 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts or walnuts (a less expensive option)
• 2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
• 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
• 1/4 cup grated raw Parmigiano-Reggiano (optional)
• 1 teaspoon lemon zest
• 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
• 1 to 1-1/2 cups extra-virgin olive oil
• Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

1. Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor or Vitamix and blend well. While the machine is running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil until you reach your desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper. Put in a pint-sized mason jar, and store in the fridge.

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This excerpt is adapted from Hilary Boynton and Mary G. Brackett's book The Heal Your Gut Cookbook: Nutrient-Dense Recipes for Intestinal Health Using the GAPS Diet (Chelsea Green, 2014) and is printed with permission from the publisher.