Donatella’s Pistachio, Walnut & Herb Encrusted Salmon


Recipe by celebrity chef and restaurateur, Donatella Arpaia.

This anti-inflammatory salmon recipe is perfect. It contains omega-3 rich salmon, pistachios and walnuts, which are known to reduce inflammation and alleviate arthritis symptoms. Garlic, a good source of antioxidants, and extra virgin olive oil, containing anti-inflammatory compounds, are also included. Cooked in an air fryer with very little added fat, this heart-healthy dish is both delicious and nutritious.

Donatella’s Pistachio, Walnut & Herb Encrusted Salmon


  • 2 wild salmon fillets, approximately 6 ounces grams each
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 clove garlic,
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 lemon quartered
  • 2 teaspoons agave
  • 1/3 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup walnut nuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper


  1. Rinse salmon and pat dry. In a small bowl whisk together, 1 teaspoon evoo, mustard, lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of agave, salt and pepper and rub evenly on top and sides of salmon.
  2. In a small prep place nuts, thyme, rosemary, red chili pepper flakes garlic and remaining extra virgin olive oil and lemon zest. Pulse until coarsely ground. Spread the mixture evenly over the salmon and press lightly using your fingers to create a nice crust.
  3. Put air fryer at 350 and place salmon filets along with lemon wedges rubbed with remaining agave and pinch of crushed chili flakes. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes for medium rare.

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