Reconstitute the sun-dried tomatoes in warm water. In the bowl of your food processor, add the sun-dried tomatoes, garlic clove, grated cheese and pine nuts. Pulse until fully blended and finely chopped. Add the olive oil in a stream with the processor on.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pulse the pistachios in a food processor until chopped, with some finely ground. Lightly coat the topside of the salmon fillets with a little honey. Press the salmon fillets into the pistachios, covering the topsides completely. Heat a skillet over high heat and add enough olive oil to sauté. Gently place the salmon fillets nut side down and sear for about 2 minutes, until nuts have browned. Very gently turn the salmon fillets over and repeat the process. Place the salmon fillets in a baking dish with a little water and place in the oven for 15 minutes (replace any nuts that may have fallen off, making a nice top layer of pistachio’s on the fillet).
While the salmon fillets are cooking, place 4 tablespoons of the sun-dried pesto into a sauce pan and warm gently. Right before serving toss the sun-dried pesto mixture with spinach leaves, coating very well, until spinach begins to wilt. Divide the spinach between 4 plates and top with the salmon fillets.
Recipe by Dennis L., Flik Independent School Dining Director of Dining Services