Main Course

Grilled Salmon & Avocado Salad

January 28, 2015

This one was a hit in my house, and probably one of my favorite salads I’ve made to date.  I’m a big fan of self-contained dishes, they’re perfect for on-the-go eating, and the less dishes the better!

The flavor of this Grilled Salmon & Avocado Salad was certainly on par with some of the best I’ve had in the restaurant circuit.  It was smoky, yet zesty, hearty, but still light and nutritious. Simply scrumptious just about sums it up.

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Season an 8-10oz filet of salmon with a pinch of salt…

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…lemon zest…

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…paprika and cayenne pepper.

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Top with 1 tbsp or so of olive oil.

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Give the salmon a good rub.

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Get a cast iron our outdoor grill on high heat and grill the salmon for 4-5 minutes on each side.

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Once the filet is slightly firm and has good grill marks, remove from the grill and allow to rest for 7-10 minutes.

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While the grilled salmon is cooling, slice up 1/4 of a red onion, 1 branch of celery, and add them to a mixing bowl.

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Add 2 tbsp of sour cream to the same mixing bowl…

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…along with 1 tbsp of dijon mustard…

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…1 tbsp chopped tarragon…

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…and 2 handfuls of arugula.

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Shred the grilled salmon…

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…and add to the mixture.

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Lightly toss with a pinch of salt and 1 tsp of fresh lemon zest.

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Add 1 tbsp of fresh lemon juice…

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…and mix.

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Peel and seed the avocado.

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Season with salt and pepper.

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Place the grilled salmon salad straight into the pitted avocado and that’s it! ENJOY!

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Grilled Salmon & Avocado Salad

Grilled Salmon & Avocado Salad


  • 8-10 oz salmon filet
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • pinch of salt and black pepper
  • 1 lemon for zest and juice
  • 1/4 cup sliced onion
  • 1/4 cup sliced celery
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 large avocado
  • 2 tsps lemon pepper


  1. Season an 8-10oz filet of salmon with a pinch of salt, pepper, lemon zest, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper and a 1 tbsp or so of olive oil. Give the salmon a good rub.
  2. Get a cast iron our outdoor grill on high heat and grill the salmon for 4-5 minutes on each side. Once the filet is slightly firm and has good grill marks, remove from the grill and allow to rest for 7-10 minutes.
  3. While the grilled salmon is cooling, slice up 1/4 of a red onion, 1 branch of celery, and ad them to a mixing bowl. Add 2 tbsp of sour cream to the same mixing bowl along with 1 tbsp of dijon mustard, 1 tbsp chopped tarragon, 2 handfuls of arugula, and finally the shredded grilled salmon. Lightly toss the mixture with a pinch of salt, 1 tsp of fresh lemon zest, and 1 tbsp of fresh lemon juice.
  4. Peel and seed the avocado, then simply place the grilled salmon salad straight into the pitted avocado and that’s it! ENJOY!

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| Top Left: Cutting Board | Top Middle: Metallic Dish |

| Bottom Left: All-Clad Grill Pan |Top Middle: Glass Bowl Set |

|Right: Shun Kaji Knife Set | Right:  Pepper Grinder|

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    This is great, Byron! The presentation of the salad is awesome.

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