By admin | November 30, 2011

Photo: Keith McDuffee

By: Saira Malhotra

Many detox recipes eliminate poultry, meat, and fish. Yet, fish that is low in fat content is easier to digest, such as sole, cod, flounder and halibut, and many dieticians agree that it can be incorporated into a detox diet. It also serves as a refreshing break from the ‘cud-chewing-cumbersome experience’ when you spend every meal time breaking down vegetables in your mouth.

Today’s D-dish is a simple, clean tasting and very satisfying ‘lightly pan seared halibut on a bed of diced salsa salad and a drizzle of pesto vinaigrette.

For another detox dish, check out our Red Cabbage Slaw Salad here.

Pesto Halibut Recipe

Inspired by Women and Home

Serves 4

4 scallions, finely chopped
3 ripe tomatoes, deseeded and diced
1 red bell pepper, small dice
3tbsp fresh parsley leaves
2tbsp olive oil
4 fillets of halibut, 41/2oz each

For the pesto:
1/4 cup of basil
2oz blanched almonds
1 garlic clove, crushed
juice 1 lime
6tbsp cold pressed olive oil


  1. Blanche the basil by submerging the leaves in boiling water, remove and place in iced water (this allows for a bright green color). Thoroughly squeeze out the water.
  2. Blend all pesto ingredients in a food processor and set aside.
  3. Combine all the salad ingredients and lightly dress in 1 tbsp of olive oil and set aside.
  4. Heat a non-stick pan on high, brush both sides of the fillets with olive oil. When the pan is really hot, place down the fillets, no more than 2 at a time and sear for a couple of minutes on each side.
  5. To assemble, place a bed of salad in the center of the plate and lay a fillet over the top. Drizzle the pesto over the 4 plated dishes.

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