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Grilled Salmon with Cucumber Salad

Serves 4

Total Time
35 mins

Maria Hines, chef of Tilth restaurant in Seattle, serves this refreshing, hot and cool salmon dish with a side of couscous seasoned with fresh herbs, lemon zest, and grilled cucumber slices.

Grilled Salmon with Cucumber Salad

Photo: Leigh Beisch; Styling: Dan Becker
 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  About 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
 1/8 teaspoon pepper
 1/2 pound Persian or English cucumbers
 2 teaspoons chopped chives
 2 teaspoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
 1 1/2 teaspoons minced shallot
 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
 3/4 teaspoon lemon juice
 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
 1/8 teaspoon pepper
 4 sockeye salmon fillets (each 5 to 6 oz., 1/2 to 1 in. thick), with skin
 1 tablespoon olive oil
 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  Fresh dill sprigs
Step 1

Make sauce: Combine yogurt, dill, oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Cover and chill until used.

Step 2

Heat grill to medium-high (about 450°).

Step 3

Make salad: Cut cucumbers lengthwise into paper-thin strips, preferably with a mandoline. Put in a bowl with herbs and shallot; chill until used. In another bowl, mix oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper; set dressing aside.

Step 4

Prepare salmon: Rub all over with oil and sprinkle all over with salt and pepper. Fold a 12- by 20-in. sheet of heavy-duty foil in half crosswise. With a knife tip, poke dime-size holes through foil about 2 in. apart. Oil one side of foil.

Step 5

Set foil with oiled side up on cooking grate. Set fillets slightly separated, skin side down, on foil. Grill, covered, until fish is barely cooked through, 7 to 12 minutes. With a wide spatula, slide fish from skin to a platter and tent with foil. If you want crisp skin, continue to cook skin on foil until crisp, 2 to 3 more minutes. Remove foil from grill, then gently peel off skin, using your fingers or a wide spatula (skin may break into pieces).

Step 6

Set crisp skin, if using, on plates and set the salmon on top. Discard any liquid from cucumber mixture in bowl, then quickly toss mixture with dressing and mound on fish. Garnish with fresh dill sprigs. Serve immediately with yogurt sauce (salmon skin will soften as it stands).

Step 7

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Serves 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 380Calories from Fat 56
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g37%

Saturated Fat 4.8g24%
Cholesterol 109mg37%
Sodium 409mg18%
Total Carbohydrate 5.6g2%

Dietary Fiber 0.4g2%
Protein 34g68%

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