Salmon is such a treat any time of year—and the summertime is certainly no exception. So, instead of baking yourself a cozy filet, throw your salmon on the grill and pair it with bright seasonal flavors to enjoy al fresco (or, okay, in the comfort of air conditioning).

This fun meal takes just 20 minutes from start to finish and features simply seasoned salmon served on top of a bed of crunchy alfalfa sprouts and topped with creamy, chunky bell pepper and avocado salsa and a garnish of delicate, nutty (and incredibly nutrient-packed) hemp seeds. With so many textures on your plate, every bite is interesting and exciting. Those few special touches really go a long way!

We love this recipe for dinners shared with family and friends because it looks and tastes so special. Since it’s so simple to make, though, it’s really a great go-to on any night of the week, whether that is after a day at work, or during a leisurely weekend at home.
Another perk: There are so many ways to bring this meal to life, depending on your preferences and the ingredients you have available.

The salmon itself is easy to swap out for other varieties of fish, such as cod, halibut, or mahi-mahi. The same goes for the alfalfa sprouts; if you can’t find them—or just don’t care for them—you can serve your salmon over a bed of mixed greens, spinach, cauliflower rice, or with a side of roasted sweet potatoes.

To mix up the colors in your avocado salsa, try red, orange, or green bell pepper—or a combination of a few. And, finally, you can easily replace the hemp seeds with chopped macadamia nuts, toasted almonds, or walnuts. Mixing and matching the different elements can also keep this recipe feeling fresh as you return to it time and time again (which we’re willing to bet you will). Try cauliflower rice, mahi-mahi, and chopped macadamia nuts one night and sweet potatoes, halibut, and toasted walnuts another.

Though prep time for this meal is pretty darn quick as it is, you can always speed up the process a bit by purchasing pre-made guacamole and simply stirring in the minced yellow bell pepper. Of course, just be sure your guacamole is made with Whole30-compliant ingredients.

Either way, this dish promises to impress whoever’s at your table this summer. (And, might we recommend bookmarking this recipe for when you’re craving the flavors of warmer days in the middle of the winter? The fish cooks up beautifully in a cast iron, too.)

Grilled Salmon with Bell Pepper & Avocado Salsa

Whole30 Grilled Salmon with Yellow Bell Pepper and Avocado Salsa
Photo Credit: Sarah Steffens

Grilled Salmon with Bell Pepper and Avocado Salsa

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course dinner, lunch
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

Yellow Bell Pepper and Avocado Salsa

  • 1 medium avocado peeled and diced
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 fresh lime juiced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper seeded and minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro or parsley minced

Salmon

  • 1-1.5 lbs wild-caught salmon filets, skin-on
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 cups alfalfa sprouts

Garnish

  • 4 tbsp hemp seeds

Instructions
 

  • PREPARE the salsa by adding the diced avocado to a mixing bowl and seasoning it with sea salt, black pepper, dried garlic powder, and fresh lime juice. Gently mash it together, leaving some of the diced pieces intact for a chunky texture. Gently stir in the minced yellow bell pepper and minced cilantro or parsley. Set aside.
  • RUB salmon filets with avocado oil and season with sea salt, black pepper and dried garlic powder.
  • GRILL the salmon on a grill or in a cast-iron skillet set to medium-high heat for 2-3 minute per side, or until the salmon is light pink in color and flakes easily with a fork.
  • SERVE the salmon over a bed of alfalfa sprouts and top it with the yellow bell pepper and avocado salsa.
  • GARNISH with hemp seeds.
  • STORE any leftovers in the fridge for up to 2 days.
Keyword avocado, fish, salmon, salsa
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Published by Liz Parrent

Liz Parrent is Whole30's Senior Manager, for Whole30 Recipes content.She comes to Whole30 with over a decade of CPG and content marketing experience in the health and wellness space. Having been a part of Primal Kitchen's founding and pre-acquisition team, Liz holds a deep passion for the Whole30 community and the transformative power of a whole foods-focused lifestyle.

Sarah Steffens

Recipe Developer

Sarah Steffens, our Recipe Developer, has a B.A. in Business Administration, Public Relations from The Master's University in Southern California. After years of experimenting with nutrition and recipes in her own kitchen, she now works as a Personal Chef and Food Photographer in Sacramento, creating meals that support her client's intention to physically and mentally thrive. She has catered several independent film sets, making it her goal to optimize the energy and well-being of each creative crew. You can find many of Sarah's recipes in various Whole30, Paleo and Keto cookbooks. When Sarah is not cooking and styling recipes, you can find her enjoying a long walk, working on creative projects with loved ones or exploring beautiful Northern California.