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Lemon Kale Pasta with Salmon in a skillet with lemon wedges.

Lemon Kale Pasta with Salmon

  • Author: Nicole | Fresh Apron
  • Prep Time: 6 minutes
  • Cook Time: 14 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Seafood
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Italian


Lemon Kale Pasta with Salmon is a light and bright dish that will be ready in just 20 minutes. It's a perfect weeknight dinner that's bursting with flavor!


  • 2 (4 ounce) salmon filets
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing on the salmon
  • 4 ounces angel hair pasta, or spaghetti
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, plus more for serving
  • 2 cups chopped kale, with large stems removed
  • parmesan cheese, for serving
  • lemon wedges, for serving
  • salt and freshly cracked pepper


  1. Prepare the salmon. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Pat the salmon dry with a paper towel. Place, skin side down, on a foil lined baking sheet. Brush the tops and sides with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Bake the salmon. Bake for 10-12 minutes, then broil for 1-2 more minutes to get the tops a little crispy. The salmon is done when it easily flakes and is opaque inside. 
  3. Make the pasta. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions. When finished, strain the pasta, reserving ¼ cup of the water.
  4. Cook the kale. While the pasta cooks, cook the kale. Heat the olive oil in large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the garlic, and cook for about 30 seconds until fragrant. Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, and kale. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the kale begins to wilt. Add in the cooked pasta and toss until combined. Pour in reserved pasta water, 1 tablespoon at a time, as needed. Finish off with an extra drizzle of olive oil if desired.
  5. Serve. Divide the pasta and kale mixture between 2 plates. Top each with a salmon filet. Serve, topped with parmesan cheese, extra lemon zest, and lemon wedges for squeezing. Enjoy!


Nutritional values (per serving) are approximates only.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 485
  • Sugar: 2.5 g
  • Sodium: 325 mg
  • Fat: 18.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 45.9 g
  • Fiber: 2.6 g
  • Protein: 35.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 61.5 mg