Salmon Pastries with Dill Pesto



  • 1/2 Cup  lightly packed chopped dill
  • 1/3 Cup  olive oil
  • 1/4 Cup  chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 Cup  fresh lime juice
  • clove garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon  Dijon mustard
  • 2/3 Cups  shredded Parmesan cheese
  •   Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 Pounds  salmon fillet, patted dry
  • package refrigerated pie crusts, such as Pillsbury, softened
  •   Dill weed sprigs

Perfect to serve at your spring dinner party, these tiny pastries are easy to make ahead of time with the help of a refrigerated pie crust, but are delicious enough to impress your guests. 


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a food processor bowl with a metal blade or in a blender, place the chopped dill weed, oil, walnuts, lime juice, garlic, mustard, and ½ cup of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste and cover. Process, stopping once to scrape side of bowl, until smooth.

If salmon has skin or bones, remove them and rinse the fillet well and pat dry with paper towel. Cut the salmon into 24 (1-inch) cubes.

On a cutting board, roll 1 pie crust into 12-inch round. Cut into 4 rows by 3 rows to make 12 rectangles. Repeat with the remaining crust. (Rectangles cut at edge of crust will have rounded side.)

Spoon 1 level teaspoon pf the dill pesto onto the center of each rectangle and top with 1 salmon cube. Bring the 4 corners of each rectangle over the filling and into the center. Pinch at the top and the corners, leaving small openings on the sides to vent steam. Place the pastries on an ungreased baking sheet about 1 inch apart. 

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

Place the remaining pesto in small resealable food-storage plastic bag. Cut a small tip off 1 bottom corner of the bag and drizzle the pesto over the serving plate. Place the pastries on the serving plate and sprinkle them with the remaining cheese. Garnish with the dill weed sprigs and serve warm.  


Calories per serving:

121 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb, Low Sodium Sugar Conscious, Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 215g 331%
  • Carbs 134g 45%
  • Saturated 57g 283%
  • Fiber 8g 33%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 3g
  • Monounsaturated 98g
  • Polyunsaturated 43g
  • Protein 110g 220%
  • Cholesterol 238mg 79%
  • Sodium 2,359mg 98%
  • Calcium 1,062mg 106%
  • Magnesium 221mg 55%
  • Potassium 1,925mg 55%
  • Iron 8mg 42%
  • Zinc 5mg 34%
  • Phosphorus 1,594mg 228%
  • Vitamin A 252µg 28%
  • Vitamin C 53mg 89%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 70%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 61%
  • Niacin (B3) 33mg 166%
  • Vitamin B6 3mg 128%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 224µg 56%
  • Vitamin B12 12µg 198%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 23mg 116%
  • Vitamin K 53µg 66%
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