Grilled Salmon Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing (2024)

This Grilled Salmon Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing is perfect for summer barbecues and outdoor gatherings. Chock full of fresh organic produce, not only is this entree salad healthy and easy to make, it’s bursting with delicious summertime flavor! Keto and Low-carb. Looking for more? Check out our 30+ BEST Salmon Recipes.

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I’d love for you to meet one of my favorite summer salads! Grilled Salmon Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing.

Salmon fillets are seasoned and grilled, then served over a bed of organic baby arugula, with avocado, cucumber, grape tomatoes, and shaved red onion tossed in a Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing, sprinkled with pepitas and crumbled cotija cheese.

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After our recent trip down to Mexico last week, one of the things I craved most while traveling is salad and, with the weather getting warmer, it felt like the perfect time to pull out the grill and make an event out of it!

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Salmon Salad Ingredeints

  • Salmon filets – use wild salmon if possible, skin off! Or sub steelhead trout.
  • Baby arugula- for that peppery bite! We used O Organics® brand or sub-baby spinach.
  • Veggies and herbs: Turkish cucumbers, red onion, cherry or grape tomatoes, avocado, garlic, jalapeno, and fresh cilantro
  • Mayo and Extra virgin Olive oilwe used O Organics® brand for this tecipe
  • Sweetener- honey or agave
  • Seasonings: Salt, black pepper, chili powder and cumin
  • Garnishes: Toasted pumpkin seeds, cotija cheese, cilantro

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How to make Grilled Salmon Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

Step one: Fire up the grill and make the flavorful dressing.

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Fresh cilantro and jalapeno give it such a vibrant color!

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Trust me when I tell you, you’ll want this dressing on everything- I usually make a double batch!

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Step Two: Prep the salmon. Brush the salmon with olive oil and season with salt, cumin, and chili powder.

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Step 3: Grill! Place the salmon on a greased, medium-high heat grill, turning over after 2-3 minutes. Cook to your desired doneness.

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Step 4: Assemble the Salad. In a large mixing bowl, add the arugula, cucumbers, and some of the dressing, tossing to coat lightly.

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Gently fold in the avocado, onions, tomatoes and pepitas, adding more dressing as needed. You will not need all the dressing.

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Step 5: Serve! Place the dressed salad in a wide serving bowl or on a platter, and top with the grilled salmon.

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Serving Suggestions

Sprinkle with the cotija cheese, pumpkin seeds, and a few fresh cilantro sprigs over the top, and serve immediately. This would be super tasty with a chilled gazpacho, and toasty bread.

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Storage

This salad is best eaten right away! Leftover salmon will keep up to day days in the fridge, and the dressing will keep up to 5 days in an airtight container.

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Chef’s Tips

  • Vegetarian / Vegan Option- Using the same spices, coat slabs of tofu before pan-searing in a skillet. Top the salad with the crispy seared tofu. make the dressing vegan with vegan mayo if you like!
  • Meal prep- I often make a double batch of the grilled salmon and just refrigerate what we don’t use. It’s great for midweek meals in salads and bowls and keeps in the fridge for up to 3 days. Plus, you’ll have extra dressing.
  • If using skin-on salmon, make sure to season and crisp up the skin and serve the salmon skin side up so it doesn’t get soggy.

Summer in a bowl! The combination of flavors really satisfies- I know you will love this one! Feel free to plate the Grilled Salmon Salad individually if you prefer.

Sylvia

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Grilled Salmon Salad with Creamy Cilntro Lime Dressing

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  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: salad, fish
  • Method: grilled
  • Cuisine: American
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This Grilled Salmon Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing is perfect for summer barbecues and outdoor gatherings. Chock full of fresh organic produce, not only is this entree salad healthy and easy to make, it’s bursting with delicious summertime flavor! Keto and Low-carb.

Ingredients

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GRILLED SALMON SALAD RECIPE

Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lime juice, more to taste
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 a jalapeno, sliced (more for more heat)
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey, more to taste
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, packed (tender stems OK)

Grilled Salmon Salad

  • 4 x 4-6 ounce pieces of salmon (or sub steelhead or ocean trout)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 5 ounces O Organics® baby arugula
  • 3 Turkish cucumbers, sliced, salted
  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • 1/3 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 cup cotija cheese, crumbled
  • cilantro leaves for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the grill to med-high heat.
  2. Make the Dressing: Place all ingredients except the cilantro in a blender, and blend until smooth, scraping down sides as needed. Add the cilantro and blend again. Taste, and adjust jalapeno, honey, and lime to your taste.
  3. Grill: Brush each piece of salmon with olive oil, then lightly season each side with salt, chili powder and cumin. Place the salmon on a greased, hot grill. Check after 2-3 minutes for grill marks, then turn. Continue grilling for a few more minutes, to medium (or your preferred doneness), and turn the heat off.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, toss arugula, cucumber, and onions with a little dressing (you won’t need all) then fold in the avocado, tomatoes, half the pumpkin seeds, and half the Cotija cheese. Taste and add salt if needed.
  5. Place on a serving platter or in a big wide serving bowl (or divide among four plates), and top with the salmon.
  6. Sprinkle with remaining pumpkin seeds, Cotija cheese, and cilantro leaves. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 585
  • Sugar: 5.2 g
  • Sodium: 742.9 mg
  • Fat: 44.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20.8 g
  • Fiber: 10.1 g
  • Protein: 33.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 70.2 mg
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