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Grilled Salmon with Avocado Ceviche-Style Salsa

Everyone will love this Grilled Salmon with Avocado Ceviche-Style Salsa! Delicious and quick to make – marinate the salmon in 5 simple ingredients, then grill and top with fresh avocado ceviche-style salsa for a Mexican-Inspired dish with a healthy, flavorful kick!

Grilled Salmon with Mex-Inspired Ceviche-Style Salsa
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Salmon is one of those easy, meals with an elegant flare and minimal clean-up that lends itself to many meal variations. The flavor combinations in this dish are inspired by the Mexican ceviche-style salsa and fresh grilled vegetables I remember eating at a friend’s house when I was a teenager living in Tucson, Arizona.

When I’m looking for a meal that’s delicious, healthy, nutritionally-satisfying, and quick to fix, fresh salmon tops my list. Add in salmon’s versatility in grilling, smoking, poaching, or even serving raw in some recipes, its endless options for flavoring before cooking using marinades or rubs, or for serving it up with toppings and complimentary sides, and you’ve got the main course that offers maximum flexibility. Because its rich and fatty, containing Omega 3 fatty acids, its good for your health too!

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For this recipe, I begin with a marinade that’s loaded with flavor requiring few ingredients. Using just five kitchen staples that you most likely already have in your pantry and fridge, the marinade whisks together effortlessly. Just whisk it up, pour it over the fillet of salmon in a bowl, cover the bowl, and let it sit in the fridge for an hour or two before grilling.

As the salmon marinades, prepare the vegetables for grilling. Combine red onion slices*, summer squash and zucchini (cut on the bias), and cherry tomatoes, olive oil, and seasonings in a large bowl tossing to coat evenly. Set aside.

Before serving this Mexican-Inspired Avocado Ceviche-Style Salsa Topped Grilled Salmon, the next step is to make the ceviche-style salsa topping. Ceviche (seh-vee-chay) in the true sense of the word is a seafood dish originating in South America. The dish typically made from fresh raw fish is cured in citrus juices and spiced with chili peppers and other seasonings.

But this isn’t true ceviche. In this recipe, I’m using only the rich and spicy Mexican-inspired tomato-based cocktail sauce made with the fresh vegetables and spices.

To make the ceviche-style salsa you will combine 15-ounce can chopped tomatoes with green chili, chopped red onion, cucumber, celery, a minced jalapeno, ketchup, hot sauce, lime juice, salt, and chopped parsley (you could also substitute cilantro). Stir it up and refrigerate the mixture until needed; before serving toss in one avocado, cut into chunks.

As the salsa flavors combine as they chill, preheat the grill to approximately 350-400ºF. Place the vegetables using tongs onto the preheated grill and cook until they begin to brown, 3-4 minutes per side. Remove when done, covering with foil and place in a warming oven or upper rack of the grill to keep warm.

The next step is to grill the salmon.

Oh No! My salmon is sticking to the grill!!

How many times have you been frustrated by an experience like this yourself?

For us, salmon sticking to the grill has been a practice that has taken years – yes, you heard me right, years of trial and error to resolve. Thankfully, we’ve discovered these eight handy little tips for grilling salmon that has ended our salmon grilling frustrations.

8 Handy Little Tips for Grilling Salmon

1. Preheat grill to 400-425ºF.

2. Let your salmon rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes before grilling, so it cooks more evenly.

3. Leave the skin on the salmon.

4. Cut the salmon into serving size portions before grilling to make it easier to handle.

5. Spray a high-heat grilling spray on the grill grates before placing the salmon on the grill.

6. Place the skin side down first, cooking for 3-4 minutes on that side.

7. Spray high-heat grilling spray onto the grill grate next to the salmon fillet portion. Gently, turn (almost rolling) the fillet to turn onto the sprayed grill and cook for about 1 minute more without moving.

8. Fillets are done when the salmon fillet turns dark pink.

To serve…

Arrange one portion of grilled vegetables and salmon on the plate. Top the salmon with the desired amount of ceviche-style salsa topping (don’t forget to add the avocado), and garnish with parsley. Enjoy!

Grilled Salmon with Mex-Inspired Ceviche-Style Salsa

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Grilled Salmon with Mex-Inspired Ceviche-Style Salsa

Grilled Salmon with Avocado Ceviche-Style Salsa

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, South American
Keyword: Salmon
Prep Time: 18 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Slide to Adjust Servings: 6
Calories: 385kcal
Author: G-Free Deliciously | Kymberley Pekrul
Grilled Salmon with Avocado Ceviche-Style Salsa | Everyone will love this grilled salmon with a Mexican-Inspired flavorful kick!
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Ingredients

For the Marinade

  • 1 fillet Salmon 2-1/2 to 3 pounds
  • 1/3 Cup Olive Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons gluten-free Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons gluten-free Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons Lime Juice
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Garlic fresh or jarred
  • 1 Tablespoon Parsley minced for garnish (Can substitute Cilantro)

For the Vegetables

  • 1 small yellow Summer Squash
  • 1 small Zucchini Squash
  • 8-10 Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 medium Red Onion sliced into 1/2-inch discs*
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Herb Seasoning
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Summer Savory
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Pepper

For the Ceviche-Style Salsa

  • 1 15-ounce can Chopped Tomatoes with Green Chili or 1-1/2 cups of freshly chopped tomatoes with their juices
  • 1 Cup Red Onion chopped
  • 1 Cup Cucumber peeled and diced
  • 1/2 Cup Celery chopped
  • 1 medium Jalapeno minced
  • 1/2 Cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 Cup Parsley chopped (May substitute Cilantro)
  • 2 Tablespoons Lime Juice
  • Hot Sauce to taste (Anywhere from 1 Tablespoon to 1/4 Cup)
  • Kosher Salt to taste
  • 1 medium Avocado cut into chunks

Instructions

For the Salmon

  • 1. Whisk together olive oil, soy sauce, dijon mustard, lime juice, and garlic.
  • 2. Pour mixture over the fillet of salmon in a bowl, cover, and refrigerate for 1-2 hours before grilling.
  • 3. Preheat gas grill to 400-425ºF.
  • 4. Let the salmon rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes before grilling, so it cooks more evenly.
  • 5. Leave the skin on the salmon.
  • 6. Cut the salmon into serving size portions before grilling to make it easier to handle.
  • 7. Spray a high-heat grilling spray on the grill grates before placing the salmon on the grill.
  • 8. Place the skin side down first, cooking for 3-4 minutes on that side.
  • 9. Spray high-heat grilling spray onto the grill grate next to the salmon fillet portion. Gently, turn (almost rolling) the fillet to turn onto the sprayed grill and cook for about 1 minute more without moving.
  • 10. Fillets are done when the salmon fillet turns dark pink.

For the Vegetables

  • 1. Preheat the grill to approximately 350-400ºF.
  • 2. As the salmon marinades, prepare the vegetables for grilling. Combine red onion slices*, summer squash and zucchini (cut on the bias), and cherry tomatoes, olive oil, and spices in a large bowl tossing to coat evenly.
  • 3. Place the vegetables using tongs onto the preheated grill and cook until they begin to brown, 3-4 minutes per side. 
  • 4. Remove the vegetables, cover with foil and place in a warming oven or the upper rack of the grill to keep warm.

For the Ceviche-Style Salsa

  • 1. Combine the canned chopped tomatoes with chili, red onion, cucumber, celery, jalapeno, ketchup, hot sauce, lime juice, salt, and chopped parsley. Stir to mix and refrigerate until needed.
  • 2. Before serving toss in one avocado, cut into chunks.

Notes

*Keep onion slices together for grilling by inserting a toothpick sideways through all the layers. Doing this will make it much easier for moving and flipping them on the grill.
More Options:
Substitute Chicken - This recipe works well for grilled chicken breast too! Grill the chicken to an internal temperature of 160ºF for perfectly moist grilled chicken breast meat.
Add Shrimp to the Ceviche-Style Salsa - Add cooked shrimp to the ceviche-style salsa while it chills. Serve it up in parfait or martini glasses with corn tortilla chips on the side for a pre-dinner appetizer. Be sure to reserve approximately one cup of the saucy salsa for topping the portions of grilled salmon when serving.
To Add Shrimp You'll Need:
1-pound medium-size cooked Shrimp.
  1. Soak the cooked shrimp in lemon-lime infused water with a little salt for 30 minutes. 
  2. Drain the shrimp well, then add to the ceviche-salsa mixture to marinate. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes or until needed; before serving toss in one avocado, cut into chunks.

(Nutritional values are an approximation. Actual nutritional values may vary due to preparation techniques, variations related to suppliers, regional and seasonal differences, or rounding.)

Copyright © 2018 Kymberley Pekrul | G-Free Deliciously | gfreedeliciously.com

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