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Smoky Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salad

  • Serves: 4
  • Calories: 447
salmon in foil with avocado tomato salad in tin foil on a baking sheet

Need a quick summer dinner? Simple grilled salmon topped with fresh avocado and corn salad is a quick-summer-dinner overachiever.

Salmon + Grill = Summertime Dream Team.

We’re pretty familiar with the summertime routine that is known as “loose track of time while having far too much outdoor fun and scramble to figure out what the dinner game plan is”. Oh, you too? Well, we have a few go-to meals to help with this particular summertime issue. Enter this smoky grilled salmon with avocado salad! It comes together in under 30 minutes, start to finish. Oh, and it’s healthy, too!

A fillet of salmon in foil with taco seasoning, limes and olive oil
a fillet of salmon wrapped in foil

How To Grill Salmon

If you ever see a salmon recipe that says it needs to cook for 20 minutes, run. Salmon cooks quickly—anything longer than about 10-15 minutes, and you’ll have major dryness issues, especially if a grill is involved. You’ll know it’s done when you can flake it with a fork and it’s nice and slightly opaque in color. Just pop the salmon on your grill, and leave it alone for about ten minutes. For this recipe, we wrap the salmon in foil before we toss it on the grill. Wrapping it in foil allows for all the spices to steam into the salmon, giving it an extra punch of flavor! Hello, fast, healthy dinner!

How to Season Salmon

Salmon is one of those proteins that can handle a lot of flavor and a lot of varieties of flavor. You can go as simple as roasting it with salt and pepper or as exciting as a simmer in green curry sauce. You can even glaze the fish with your favorite sauce and lay it directly on the grill if fussy cooking isn’t your thing. Here we’ve paired it with our favorite homemade taco seasoning. Topped with a fresh summery salad, it’s easy grilled salmon perfection!

salmon in foil with limes and taco seasoning

Grilled Salmon Seeks Delicious Salad For Dinnertime Partnership

To really take this delicious salmon to the next level, we’ve topped it with a fresh, summery avocado and tomato salad. Whether you want to impress your guests or just serve a quick and healthy dinner to your family at the end of a long day with *very* little effort, this salmon dinner is sure to get the job done. Here’s what’s in our corn and avocado salad:

  • Grilled corn
  • Plenty of lime juice
  • Jalapenos
  • Garlic
  • Lots of creamy avocado
  • Fresh herbs
a corn and avocado salad in a bowl with tomatoes and cilantro

Is Salmon Healthy?

YES. Salmon is incredibly healthy. To begin with, it’s very high in pmega-3 fatty acids—if you aren’t familiar with these fats, they’re the good ones. Your body doesn't produce these heart-and-brain boosting fats on its own, so you need them in your diet. Salmon is also high in protein, and lots of other beneficial nutrients. It’s a great choice!

Salmon In Foil With taco seasoning and an Avocado Tomato Salad

Tools You’ll Need

More Delicious Salmon Recipes to Try

Coconut Rice Salmon Bowl
Green Curry Salmon
Salmon Salad with Grapefruit and Avocado
Roasted Salmon with Spring Pesto

Salmon In Foil With taco seasoning and an Avocado Tomato Salad
Salmon In Foil With taco seasoning and an Avocado Tomato Salad

New Favorite Grilled Salmon Recipe?

We’d love to see you serving your new favorite grilled salmon recipe in action! Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper or #themodernproper so we can check it out and give you a virtual high-five!

Smoky Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salad

  • Serves: 4
  • Calories: 447

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2-2 lbs Salmon filet
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 Limes
  • 2 tbsp Taco seasoning

Avocado Salad

  • 2 Slightly firm avocados, diced
  • 1 Jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 2 Limes, juiced
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro
  • 2 Ears of cooked or grilled corn, corn cut off husk
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pint Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Method

  1. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  2. On a large piece of foil, set salmon filet in the center. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with taco seasoning. Squeeze limes over the seasoned salmon and bring edges of foil together to wrap the salmon.
  3. In a large bowl combine all ingredients for avocado salad, stir well and set aside.
  4. Set foiled salmon directly on grill. Close lid and cook for 12 minutes.
  5. Remove from grill and check for doneness. Salmon should be opaque and flaky, not dry.
  6. Top salmon with avocado salad and serve.