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Bowl of grilled salmon salad.

Grilled Salmon Salad

  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 salads 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: Greek-Inspired

Description

Grilled Salmon Salad – a healthy and delicious grilled salmon salad recipe that comes together quickly and easily! Such amazing flavors!


Ingredients

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Greek Vinaigrette Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 12 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon marjorum
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil

Grilled Salmon Salad:

  • (2) 4oz salmon fillets (approx. 1 inch thick)
  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil 
  • kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 cups romaine lettuce, roughly chopped
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup red onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 cups kalamata olives
  • (optional) 1/2 cup dairy-free or regular feta cheese (omit if paleo/Whole30)

Instructions

Greek Vinaigrette Dressing:

  1. Add red wine vinegar, lemon juice, kosher salt, ground black pepper, oregano, coriander, garlic powder, marjoram, garlic and dijon to a small bowl. 
  2. Slowly add avocado oil while whisking. 
  3. Continue whisking until fully combined.

Grilled Salmon:

  1. Preheat grill to High Heat (450-500) degrees.
  2. Ensure your grates are cleaned and lightly greased with oil.
  3. While your grill is pre-heating, place salmon fillets on a tray.
  4. Pat dry with a clean paper towel.
  5. Using a basting brush, brush on oil so the meat is lightly covered.
  6. Season with salt and pepper (approximately 1/4 teaspoon or so per fillet and a dusting of pepper).
  7. Place skin side down over direct heat and close the grill.
  8. Reduce temp to approximately 375 degrees (by opening the grill to put the salmon on the temp will drop quite quickly so just remember to manually turn down the heat).
  9. Let cook for 3-4 minutes (keep cover on).
  10. Open grill and, using your metal spatula, try and carefully separate the skin from the flesh.  The skin will most likely stick to the grates allowing you to get your spatula under the meat of the salmon.  Then flip onto a different spot on the grill (still over direct heat) and close the grill.  Sometimes, depending upon different variables, the meat will just refuse to separate.  That’s okay. Don’t fight it too much and instead simply flip the salmon over and the skin can be removed after grilling.
  11. Let cook for 3-4 minutes longer or until it reaches an internal temp of 145 (using an internal meat thermometer) or until the meat at the thickest point turns opaque and flakes easily.
  12. Remove from grill and let sit 5 minutes.

Grilled Salmon Salad:

  1. Divide lettuce, avocado, tomatoes, onion, olives and feta cheese (if using) between to bowls.
  2. Place salmon on top. 
  3. Serve with vinaigrette on the side. 
  4. Enjoy! 

Notes

  • Dressing: you will have extra dressing, simply save for a later use (these Greek Chicken Meatballs are a good place to use it)!
  • Dairy-Free Feta: I like this dairy-free feta cheese
  • Whole30/Paleo: this recipe is easily Whole30/Paleo if you just omit the feta cheese. 
  • Clean + Greased Grates: make sure your grill is clean and the grates are greased/oiled.  If your salmon sticks its most likely because your grates are greased (or because you didn’t cook the salmon long enough before flipping).
  • How Long to Cook: A general rule of thumb is to grill salmon at 375 degrees for approximately 3-4 minutes per half-inch, flipping halfway, OR until the internal temp (at thickest part) is 145 degrees. That being said, once you have done it numerous times you will also be able to eyeball when it looks done based off of how the meat looks and how flaky it is!
  • Oil After Cooking: Sometimes I like to lightly brush the salmon with a little avocado oil AFTER I grill it.
  • Digital Meat Thermometer: Here is the digital meat thermometer I use!
  • Salmon Seasoning: if you want to try something other than salt and pepper I love this Homemade Salmon Seasoning!

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