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Panko Crusted Salmon
and warm pasta salad with butternut squash

Active: 40 min Total: 40 min
This panko crusted salmon has long been one of our community's favorites. This time we're serving it with a warm pasta salad packed with colorful roasted butternut squash and dried cranberries.
Smarts: Roast a double batch of butternut squash tonight and Thursday's pita pizzas will come together in a flash.


Maple-Dijon Panko Crusted Salmon:
  • Parsley - 2 tsp , chopped
  • Salmon - 1 lb
  • Butter - 3 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 1/2 Tbsp
  • Maple syrup - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Tamari - 1 tsp
  • Panko breadcrumbs, gluten-free - 1/2 cup (sub almond meal)
  • Foil - for lining pan
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
Warm Pasta Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash:
  • Butternut squash - 1 1/2 lbs , cubed
  • Brown sugar - 1 tsp
  • Vinegar, balsamic - 1 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp
  • Pasta, gluten-free orzo - 1 cup (sub any small pasta shape)
  • Parsley - 1 Tbsp , chopped
  • Cranberries, dried - 1/4 cup
  • Pistachios, shelled - 1/4 cup (sub walnuts or pecans)


  1. Squash - Peel and cube squash (prep squash for Thursday night at the same time). (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Roast squash - Double if making Thursday nights’ meal. Heat oven to 425F / 218C degrees. Toss butternut squash with brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and some salt and pepper. Spread butternut squash out onto a sheet pan. Roast for 20 to 30 minutes, shaking the pan halfway through cooking, until golden and caramelized. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Cook pasta - Cook pasta according to package directions. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Parsley (for salmon and pasta) - Chop parsley. Store separately. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  5. Salmon - Divide fish up into number of servings you're making. Rinse and dry fish. Lightly salt and pepper.
  6. Make crust - Melt butter in the microwave (~1 minute should do). Mix butter with mustard, maple syrup, Tamari, panko, and parsley (portion for the salmon).

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  1. Heat oven to 425F / 218C degrees.
  2. Line sheet pan with foil and brush with cooking oil. Add salmon and then divide and spoon crust onto fish. Bake for 12 to 16 minutes.
  3. If pasta and / or squash were made ahead, reheat in the microwave.
  4. Toss together pasta, squash, parsley (portion for pasta), cranberries, and pistachios. Taste and season with some salt and pepper. You can add a splash of balsamic vinegar if you’d like a little more tart flavor.
  5. Serve salmon with pasta on the side. Enjoy!



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