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Grilled Salmon With Greek Salad Salsa

Grilled Salmon With Greek Salad Salsa 6.000

Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post/Food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Sunday Supper Jun 28, 2018

The recipe is almost boringly simple: grilled fish with Greek salad that is chopped down to salsa size. But the angel is in the details. The fish is briefly brined with salt, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil, a combo that deeply flavors the fish before it lands on the grill. Cooking the salmon with its skin on helps keep the fish from falling apart and makes for a pleasingly crispy contrast to the tender flesh. The tomatoes are lightly salted and patted dry before being chopped and added to the salad, a step that concentrates their tomato-y taste. The red onion is soaked in ice water to defang its sharp bite.

Serve with fresh buttered peas and vegetable chips.

Make Ahead: The onion needs 15 minutes' soaking time, and the tomatoes need 15 minutes' salting time. (Those steps can be done simultaneously.)


When you scale a recipe, keep in mind that cooking times and temperatures, pan sizes and seasonings may be affected, so adjust accordingly. Also, amounts listed in the directions will not reflect the changes made to ingredient amounts.

Tested size: 6 servings

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped seedless (English) cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated zest and 3 tablespoons juice (from 1 lemon)
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pepperoncini
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup chopped pitted Kalamata olives
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • Six 6-ounce center-cut, skin-on salmon fillets
  • Vegetable oil, for brushing on the salmon
  • 1/2 cup shredded fresh basil, for garnish


Place the red onion in a small bowl; cover with ice water and soak for 15 minutes, then drain and pat dry.

Spread the cherry tomato halves, cut sides up, on paper towels. Sprinkle them lightly with salt and let them rest for 15 minutes. Pat them dry with paper towels and cut them into pieces the size of the cucumber.

Whisk together 1/4 teaspoon salt, the lemon zest and 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice in a medium bowl until the salt has dissolved, then whisk in 2 tablespoons of the extra-virgin olive oil. Add the onion, tomatoes, cucumber, pepperoncini, feta and olives to the bowl and toss until well incorporated.

Whisk together the remaining 2 tablespoons of lemon juice with the garlic and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a shallow baking dish, until the salt has dissolved. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil and whisk until well blended.

Add the salmon fillets, turning to make sure they are coated on all sides. Let them sit for 20 minutes (at room temperature), turning them over several times.

Meanwhile, prepare the grill for direct heat: If using a gas grill, preheat to medium-high (450 degrees). If using a charcoal grill, light the charcoal or wood briquettes; when the briquettes are ready, distribute them under the cooking area for direct heat. For a medium-hot fire, you should be able to hold your hand about 6 inches above the coals for 3 or 4 seconds. Have ready a spray water bottle for taming any flames.

Lightly coat the grill rack with oil and place it on the grill.

Pat the salmon dry; discard the marinade. Brush each fillet generously with vegetable oil on both sides and place them on the grill, flesh sides down. Close the lid and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Nudge the salmon with a spatula; once it releases easily, turn it over. If it doesn’t release easily, give it another minute and then turn it over. Close the lid and cook for 1 to 2 minutes (medium-rare). If you want it well done, cook the salmon for a few minutes more.

Transfer the fillets to plates; let them rest for a few minutes before topping each portion with a generous spoonful of the salsa and the basil.

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From cookbook author Sara Moulton.

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 420

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 28g 43%

Saturated Fat: 6g 30%

Cholesterol: 105mg 35%

Sodium: 380mg 16%

Total Carbohydrates: 4g 1%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 1g

Protein: 36g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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