7.15.2014

Grilled Salmon Over Chilled Tomato and Arugula Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

 
Summer is all about eating light and savory dishes like this grilled salmon served over a chilled arugula and tomato salad made with celery, red onion, garlic, fresh arugula and red juicy tomatoes, tossed in a sweet balsamic vinaigrette.  An easy recipe that whips up in only a few minutes, makes a light lunch or even dinner.

We love salmon!  Especially when we serve it over a chilled salad like this one.  We used our juicy ripe tomatoes and a handful of fresh arugula, then added some chopped celery, red onion, and garlic.  We made a very simple vinaigrette with extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, some fresh basil, oregano, and salt and pepper to taste.   Then chilled the salad for awhile before serving to allow the juices to work its magic. 

No need to serve anything else, just some crusty bread and a glass of white wine, and it literally becomes the perfect meal.   

The key to this salmon recipe is to allow the salmon to marinate with some lemon juice and olive oil prior to grilling.  Then grill the salmon to your preference, rare, medium or well done.  Then serve it on top the tomato and arugula salad.  The salad gives a lot of flavor to the salmon, making it amazingly delicious with every bite, as it picks up all the flavors from the balsamic vinaigrette on the bottom.  It's so good!  We make this salmon dish over and over again.  That's why I had post this recipe today.  Take our word for it, this salmon dish is off the charts!   Enjoy! 


 
Grilled Salmon Over Chilled Tomato and Arugula Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette  

  • 2 small Salmon Steaks
  • 1 lemon - squeezed
  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 to 3 tomatoes- chopped
  • 1 to 2 cups of fresh arugula
  • 1 celery stalk - chopped
  • 1/4 cup of red onion - chopped
  • 1 garlic clove - minced
  • 2 Tbsp. of fresh basil - chopped
  • pinch of dried oregano
  • salt & pepper to taste

Prepare the salmon:  Lightly season salmon steaks with salt and pepper.  Add lemon juice on top, and drizzle olive oil over them.  Set them aside to marinate for about 1/2 hour.

In the meantime, use a small bowl and whisk together the garlic, basil, oregano, balsamic vinegar and olive oil.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

In a salad bowl,  add the chopped tomatoes , celery,  red onion and arugula leaves.  Pour the vinaigrette over the salad, and toss to mix well.  
Refrigerate the salad for about 20 to 30 minutes.

Grill salmon on an outside grill for about 3 to 5 minutes, or to your liking.  You may grill salmon inside on a skillet, on stove-top. 

Transfer the tomato arugula salad onto a serving platter.
Place the grilled salmon on top of the salad, and serve immediately.

Serves 2 to 4
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21 comments:

  1. Wow, this has summer written all over it. This dish will be on my menu this weekend. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Thank you Cathy for stopping by, let us know how you liked it.

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  3. Salmon is one of my favorite fish varieties but I've never thought to plate it on top of an awesome salad such as this! This is getting printed right now! Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July!!! It's pouring down rain up here in Abbeville/Greenwood (SC), so I'm using the time indoors to catch up reading my favorite blogs!

    Cheers!
    Roz

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    1. Hey Roz ! I love this dish and have been making it for years. Once you try eating a grilled salmon on top of a chilled balsamic salad like this one, you will be hooked as I am. Enjoy! Hope you had a wonderful July 4th celebration!

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  4. Thank you for posting this salmon dish, I really needed to see this beautiful and healthful idea today. Very nice job, Ladies!!

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  5. THIS is what's for dinner tonight!

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    1. HI Auntiepatch and welcome to our site! It's so nice to see you again, and I know you will enjoy this recipe for the salmon. Have a great day!

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  6. Lovely healthy and delicious - I happen to have a salmon fillet in the fridge!!
    mary x

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  7. Healthy food like this is just what I'm needing this week!

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  8. After all that turkey, I am more than ready for this!

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    1. HI Abbe, you are so right! I needed to get back to the lighter side of making dinners this week. Enjoy!

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  9. i love a good salmon dish.. this is the perfect weeknight meal. definitely one i will be recreating in my kitchen tonight. thanks!

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    1. Thank you Thalia for the lovely comment and welcome to our blog! It's so nice to meet you too! We love this Salmon dish as well and make it often. Have a great weekend! Enjoy!

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  10. What a fab meal. This is one of my fave ways to prepare salmon when tomatoes are in season. The flavors meld beautifully, and the arugula really lifts the flavor with its pepper goodness. I hope you two are enjoying your summer!

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    1. Thank you Adri! Coming from you is a real compliment; you are such a fabulous cook and we have such an admiration for your talent in the kitchen. Grazie! Have a great weekend!

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  11. Loving this summer perfect meal! The salmon is one of those easy delicious things that you just can't get enough of...and love that the salad underneath is bursting with tomatoes!

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  12. The salmon looks like it has a wonderful glaze on top - I will have to try the lemon trick. I love everything about this dish - I could eat it several times a week. Have a lovely weekend!

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  13. Salmon is a perfect food in any season. Love this dish!

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  14. What a delicious way to serve salmon! I love arugula so I can imagine how delicious this must taste together.

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  15. I'm with you two on the salmon-love! And on a salad, for summer this is perfect . . . and and I could just drink the balsamic vinaigrette!
    xo
    Roz

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