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Easy Grilled Salmon Salad

Grilled Salmon Salad Recipe – This healthy and hearty dinner salad is brimming with salmon, avocado, veggies, and a creamy dill dressing. It’s a vibrant dish perfect for summer!

Close side view chunks of salmon grilled and topped with veggies and dressing in the middle of the salad.

Why We Love This Easy Salmon Recipe

Seafood recipes and summertime go hand-in-hand. And salmon dishes are always sure to please, even on the hottest of days.

One of our favorite simple ways to prepare salmon is to cook it on the grill… Because obviously, our favorite summer fish needs to be prepared with our favorite summer cooking method!

This Grilled Salmon Salad recipe takes just over 30 minutes to make, and could not be any easier to prepare. It features a classic no-fuss red wine vinegar and honey marinade that makes the fish super flavorful and moist. After a few quick minutes on the grill, the salmon is ready to load onto fresh greens alongside crunchy summertime veggies, like mini bell peppers, radishes, and cherry tomatoes.

Top with a homemade creamy dill dressing and it’s perfect to serve as a healthy and satisfying salad any time of the year!

Top down view final grilled salmon salad recipe with dressing.

Ingredients You Need

For the Grilled Salmon:

  • Wild salmon – fresh or frozen and thawed
  • Olive oil – or other preferred high heat and neutral-flavored oil, like avocado oil
  • Red wine vinegar – or lemon juice
  • Honey – for a hint of sweetness that still lets the fish shine
  • Spices – garlic powder, salt, and pepper

For the Salad:

  • Arugula – or your favorite salad greens like baby spinach or massaged kale
  • Avocado – peeled and sliced; check out our handy tips for how to cut avocados like a pro!
  • Mini bell peppers – seeded and sliced
  • Cherry tomatoes – or grape tomatoes, halved
  • Radishes – sliced
  • Scallions – chopped

To Make the Salmon Salad Dressing:

  • Sour cream – or greek yogurt
  • Mayonnaise – regular or low fat
  • Lemon juice – or red wine vinegar
  • Dill – fresh, chopped
  • Thyme – fresh, chopped
  • Garlic powder – just a touch for the right savory flavor
Grilled Salmon Salad Recipe - This healthy and hearty dinner salad is brimming with salmon, avocado, veggies, and a creamy dill dressing. It's a vibrant dish perfect for summer! | A Spicy Perspective

How to Make Salad with Grilled Salmon

Preheat the grill to medium, 350 to 400°F.

Place the salmon on a rimmed baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine the oil, red wine vinegar, honey, garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper. Whisk well. Then brush the marinade over the salmon pieces.

Basting raw salmon fillets with marinade of honey, vinegar, and spices.

In a separate bowl, combine the ingredients to make the salad dressing: sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, fresh dill, fresh thyme, and garlic powder.

Glass measuring cup with mayo and fresh herbs.

Whisk well and taste. Salt and pepper as needed.

Set aside or refrigerate until ready to use.

Glass mixing jar with creamy dill mayo dressing.

Once the grill is hot, place the salmon top-side-down on the grates.

Grill for 2 to 3 minutes. Then carefully flip the salmon onto the skin side. Grill another 3 to 5 minutes depending on the thickness of the salmon. Remove the salmon from the grill and allow it to cool.

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Salmon fillets grilled and cooling on a baking sheet.

Once the salmon has cooled enough to handle, peel off the skin and discard. Then break the salmon fillets into large bite-size chunks.

Arrange the arugula on a large platter or four individual plates.

Top down view plate of arugula.

Add the pieces of salmon, crunchy bell peppers, and radish slices.

Top view plate of arugula with cooked salmon pieces, radishes, and peppers.

Then load on the halved cherry tomatoes and avocado slices.

Top down view salad with salmon, veggies, and avocado slices.

Lastly, place a large dollop of creamy salad dressing in the center of each salad just before serving.

Top down view grilled salmon salad recipe completed with veggies and dressing.

Serving Suggestions

Enjoy grilled salmon salad as a full lunch or light dinner… It has all of the protein and fresh produce you need on one plate!

If you want a little more carb-alicious oomph on the table, add a basket of homemade breadsticks or garlic bread.

Top view finished grilled salmon salad on a plate with dressing.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make salmon salad without a grill?

No grill? No problem! Use your favorite method to cook the fish however you prefer, like these healthy Roasted Salmon, Broiled Salmon, and Air Fryer Salmon recipes.

How do you grill salmon without drying it out?

The simple honey and vinegar marinade is terrific to keep the fish moist and tender! Baste the salmon in this delightful mixture, cook for just a few minutes on the grill, and you are practically guaranteed to have perfectly flaky and delicious fish every time.

How long can you keep salmon salad in the fridge?

This salad can be prepared up to a day in advance. I recommend that you store the fish separately from the produce for maximum freshness. Likewise, keep the salad dressing separate until ready to serve.

Close view fork taking bite of salmon from plate of salad.

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Easy Grilled Salmon Salad Recipe

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes
This healthy and hearty summer salad is brimming with grilled salmon, avocado, veggies, and a creamy dill dressing!
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

For the Grilled Salmon –

For the Salad –

  • 4 cups arugula
  • 1 avocado peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup mini bell peppers seeded and sliced
  • ¾ cup cherry tomatoes halved (or grape tomatoes)
  • ½ cup sliced radishes
  • ½ cup chopped scallions

For the Dressing –

  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice or red wine vinegar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh chopped dill
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fresh chopped thyme
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • Preheat the grill to medium, 350 to 400°F.
  • Place the salmon on a rimmed baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine the oil, red wine vinegar, honey, garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper. Whisk well. Then brush the marinade over the salmon pieces.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the ingredients for the salad dressing: sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, fresh dill, fresh thyme, garlic powder. Whisk well and taste. Salt and pepper as needed.
  • Once the grill is hot, place the salmon top-side-down on the grates. Grill for 2 to 3 minutes. Then carefully flip the salmon onto the skin side. Grill another 3 to 5 minutes depending on the thickness of the salmon. Remove the salmon from the grill and allow it to cool.
  • Meanwhile, chop all the fresh produce for the salad.
  • Once the salmon has cooled enough to handle, peel off the skin and discard. Then break the salmon fillets into large bite-size chunks.
  • On a large platter (or four individual plates) arrange the arugula, salmon chunks, avocado slices, bell pepper slices, cherry tomatoes, radishes, and scallions. Place a large dollop of creamy salad dressing in the center of each salad and serve.

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Notes

The salmon can be served slightly warm, room temperature, or cold. This salad can be prepared up to a day in advance. Keep the salad dressing separate until ready to serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1salad, Calories: 603kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 49g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g, Monounsaturated Fat: 18g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 91mg, Sodium: 260mg, Potassium: 1189mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 2952IU, Vitamin C: 98mg, Calcium: 107mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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5 comments on “Easy Grilled Salmon Salad”

  1. Really delicious recipe. I love it yummy!!! It’s really awesome

  2. This salad is amazing and I love how all the ingredients pair so well together, thank you for sharing!

  3. Salmon is my favorite, so I am always trying to find new ways to eat it. I think this salad is my favorite way! Love the flavors. They all go so well together!

  4. Loved every single bite of this! it was amazing.

  5. It tastes fantastic! My family enjoyed this grilled salmon salad .Thank you for sharing this recipe. I will make it again soon.