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Grilled Greek Salmon

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
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Grilled Greek Salmon

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This fresh and light Grilled Greek Salmon will be your new summer dinner go-to! It’s marinated in an herby-citrus sauce and topped with a flavorful Greek salad inspired salsa.

You’ll be able to get this dinner on the table in no time at all! The salmon only needs 30 minutes in the marinade and grills up in minutes. This is the perfect quick & easy summer weeknight dinner recipe!

Grilled Greek Salmon

Welcome to the second annual So Much Food Grilling Week! For the next week, I’ll be sharing all my new favorite summer grilling recipes. They’ll be fresh, simple, and so delicious–I firmly believe anyone can grill these up.

This grilled greek salmon might just be my favorite recipe to come out of grilling week! The salmon is fresh and tender and topped with the most delicious Greek-inspired salsa. It’s loaded with fresh veggies, herbs, and feta in a simple lemon-herb dressing.

This is one of those recipes that feels impressive, but takes almost no time at all to whip up. It can easily be thrown together even on the busiest of weeknights.

If you’re looking for a healthy and light summer dinner, this salmon recipe will make all your dinner dreams come true!

grilled greek salmon

How to Make Grilled Greek Salmon

You can make this indoors with a quality grill pan, but outdoor grilling is the best in the summer! I just invested in a new grill and it’s the best thing I’ve done to up my outdoor cooking game. I’ve linked the grill I purchased below!

Tools Needed

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Salmon. Look for center-cut, skin-on salmon here! Use your favorite variety, just make sure it’s fresh and high-quality.
  • Lemon. Lemon zest and juice makes the marinade and dressing super fresh!
  • Herbs. You’ll need oregano, parsley, and mint for the marinade and the dressing.
  • Garlic. Some fresh grated garlic makes the salmon marinade really pop.
  • Veggies. For the Greek-inspired salsa, you’ll need cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, olives, and roasted red pepper.
  • Feta. Look for block feta to cut into cubes, not the already crumbled feta. I like the sheep’s milk feta from Trader Joe’s.

The Process

  1. Make the salsa. Combine the olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, zest, Dijon, garlic, oregano, mint, and parsley in a large mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper and whisk well. Add in the tomatoes, olives, cucumber, red onion, and roasted red pepper and toss well. Set aside.
  2. Marinate the salmon. Place the salmon filets in a medium baking dish and season with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, and oregano with salt and pepper. Pour the marinade over the salmon and turn the salmon pieces over in the mixture so they’re well coated. Marinate for 30 minutes. 
  3. Prep the grill. Before using your grill, make sure to clean the grates of any food and debris. Lightly grease the grates with nonstick spray. Preheat your grill to medium heat. If you’re using charcoal, move all the hot coals to one side. Close the lid and wait at least 15 minutes, until the temperature reaches 450 F.
  4. Grill the salmon. Remove the salmon from the marinade and place them on the grill skin-side down and close the lid. Grill for 6-8 minutes, until the skin is crispy and browned. Flip the salmon pieces over and grill for another 2-3 minutes. Remove the salmon from the grill and transfer to a serving platter. You can remove the skin, if desired.
  5. Top the salmon. Add the cubed feta to the greek salsa and toss gently. Top the salmon filets with the salsa and serve with lemon wedges on the side for squeezing.

Grilling Tips & Tricks

Grilling can feel intimidating, but it’s an easy skill to learn and will totally elevate your cooking game in the summer. Here are all my best tips for making grilled greek salmon.

Work with a clean grill. This is such an important step and makes all the difference when it comes to grilling. Make sure to clean your grill of any food or debris before you start grilling. This helps keep food from sticking.

Adequately preheat your grill. Making sure your grates are completely heated through is so important! Make sure to let your grill preheat for at least 15 minutes. The best option is to preheat the grill over medium heat, not high heat.

Lightly grease your grill grates. You can use nonstick spray, but the best method is a rag lightly soaked with high-temperature oil. Use tongs to rub the cloth on the grates to give them a light coating of oil. This also helps when grilling foods with sticky marinades or fish, which can stick easily.

Grill with the lid closed. Grilling with the lid closed promotes more even cooking as the food is cooked as much from ambient heat as well as directly on the flame.

How to Grill Salmon

Salmon is one of those foods that I always felt intimidated to grill! I’ve always been worried about it sticking and coming apart on the grill, but these are my best tips for grilling greek salmon like an absolute pro!

Choose skin-on salmon. I used to make the mistake of grilling skinless salmon and it absolutely always sticks! Going with skin-on salmon is the move. Grill the salmon skin-side down first until the fish firms up, before flipping and grilling briefly just to get grill marks.

Always use a marinade with oil in it. This is another trick to grilling fish, or really any other lean meat. A bit of oil in the marinade coats the fish and also helps keep it from sticking.

Don’t flip the fish too often. Let the fish cook completely on one side, before flipping it. Flipping the fish before it’s done cooking on one side will definitely cause it to flake and fall apart.

Use a fish spatula. The thin metal spatula is so important for cooking fish! It easily gets under the fish without breaking it into pieces and it’s one of my most-used kitchen utensils.

grilled greek salmon

What to Serve with Grilled Greek Salmon

This fresh and simple Grilled Greek Salmon can be a meal in itself, but it’s just begging to be served with some delicious sides!

If you’re looking for a quick & easy side to turn this into a full meal, try my lemon dill rice. Looking for some extra veggies on the side? Try my roasted carrots with whipped feta. For a more involved side, there’s nothing fresher or more flavorful than my grilled veggie pasta salad and the flavors are the perfect pair to this grilled greek salmon.

Need the perfect summer dessert? Try my bourbon peach crisp, cherry clafoutis, or my coconut panna cotta tart.

Storage Instructions

If you find that you have leftover grilled greek salmon, it’s very easy to store! I recommend storing the greek-inspired salsa in a separate container from the salmon. Store each in airtight containers for up to 3 days.

When reheating, wrap the salmon in foil and warm in the oven for 5-7 minutes, until just heated through. Top with more of the salsa before serving.

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Grilled Greek Salmon will be the recipe of the summer! It’s light, fresh, and comes together quickly and easily. If you do give this recipe a try, be sure to let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating below. Be sure to subscribe to my weekly newsletter and never miss a new recipe! You can also snap a photo & tag @JENNYGOYCOCHEA on Instagram. I LOVE hearing about & seeing your SMF creations!

More Grilling Recipes to Try

Southwest Turkey Burgers
Beer Can Chicken
Grilled Steak and Shishito Kabobs
Grilled Chicken Wings
Banh Mi Hot Dogs

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Grilled Salmon with Greek Salsa

This fresh and light Grilled Greek Salmon will be your new summer dinner go-to! It's marinated in an herby-citrus sauce and topped with a flavorful Greek salad inspired salsa.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients

Salmon

  • 4 – 6 oz center-cut salmon filets, skin-on
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Greek-Inspired Salsa

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano
  • 2 tablespoons minced flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 baby or persian cucumbers, diced
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • 1 cup pitted castelvetrano olives, halved
  • 2 roasted red bell peppers, diced
  • 2-3 oz feta, cut into small cubes

Instructions

  • Make the salsa. Combine the olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, zest, Dijon, garlic, oregano, mint, and parsley in a large mixing bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper and whisk well. Add in the tomatoes, olives, cucumber, red onion, and roasted red pepper and toss well. Set aside.
  • Marinate the salmon. Place the salmon filets in a medium baking dish and season with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, and oregano with salt and pepper. Pour the marinade over the salmon and turn the salmon pieces over in the mixture so they’re well coated. Marinate for 30 minutes. 
  • Prep the grill. Before using your grill, make sure to clean the grates of any food and debris. Lightly grease the grates with nonstick spray. Preheat your grill to medium heat. If you’re using charcoal, move all the hot coals to one side. Close the lid and wait at least 15 minutes, until the temperature reaches 450 F.
  • Grill the salmon. Remove the salmon from the marinade and place them on the grill skin-side down and close the lid. Grill for 6-8 minutes, until the skin is crispy and browned. Flip the salmon pieces over and grill for another 2-3 minutes. Remove the salmon from the grill and transfer to a serving platter. You can remove the skin, if desired.
  • Top the salmon. Add the cubed feta to the greek salsa and toss gently. Top the salmon filets with the salsa and serve with lemon wedges on the side for squeezing.

Nutrition

Calories: 371kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 38gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 106mgSodium: 1.045mgPotassium: 1.229mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 968IUVitamin C: 45mgCalcium: 146mgIron: 3mg

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