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 Grilled Salmon Salad with Avocado Cucumber Salsa served over a bed of little gem lettuces, with a creamy, yogurt-based Cilantro Lime Dressing. Make this in 30 minutes- a healthy, delicious low-carb meal.

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 Grilled Salmon Salad with Avocado Cucumber Salsa served over a bed of little gems with a creamy, yogurt-based Cilantro Lime Dressing. Make this in 30 minutes- a healthy, delicious low-carb meal. 

Here’s a simple delicious recipe for Grilled Salmon Salad topped with Avocado Cucumber Salsa over a bed of Little Gem Lettuces (or romaine), dressed with a creamy, tangy cilantro yogurt lime dressing.

This grilled salmon salad can be made in 30 minutes flat! Salmon fillets are rubbed with chili powder and cumin, then seared to perfection on a hot grill. They are placed over little gems (or baby romaine) tossed in a zesty, creamy yogurt-based cilantro lime dressing, then topped with a cool avocado cucumber salsa. Easy, healthy and tasty…and can be made quickly! A perfect weeknight meal.

During the summer months, I opt for lighter meals that can be prepared outside, very simply and quickly on the grill, allowing time to relax and enjoy the glorious weather and light, while sipping on a glass of vino. To me, that’s heaven- the perfect way to unwind after work. Being outside and enjoying nature, even if it’s just in the backyard for a little while, can be medicine for the soul, so restorative.

Ingredients in Grilled Salmon Salad

  • salmon filets
  •  salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin 
  •  avocado
  • cucumber
  • jalapeno
  • cilantro
  • lime- juice and zest
  • Olive oil
  • Greek yogurt
  • garlic
  • cilantro
  • salt and pepper
  • little gem lettuces or romaine hearts

 Grilled Salmon Salad with Avocado Cucumber Salsa served over a bed of little gems with a creamy, yogurt-based Cilantro Lime Dressing. Make this in 30 minutes- a healthy, delicious low-carb meal. 

How to make Grilled Salmon Salad

Step one: Salmon is rubbed with cumin, chili powder and salt and placed on a hot grill.  Sear for just a few minutes on each side.

Grilled Salmon Salad with Avocado Salsa and Cilantro Lime Dressing ...can be made in 20 minutes!|

Step two: Combine Avocado with cucumber, scallions, lime zest and cilantro, and mix with olive oil and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper.

Grilled Salmon Salad with Avocado Salsa and Cilantro Lime Dressing ...can be made in 20 minutes!|

Step Three: Simply whisk the tangy dressing up in a bowl.

Grilled Salmon Salad with Avocado Salsa and Cilantro Lime Dressing ...can be made in 20 minutes!|

Assemble the Grilled Salmon Salad

Toss the dressing with greens. Little gems or baby romaine work great here- crisp enough to hold up to the warm salad! Make a bed for the salmon to sit on. Place the warm grilled salmon over top, then spoon with some of the avocado salsa.

Voila! Dinner is ready. So delicious, light, but satisfying!

Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa and over greens with Cilantro Lime Dressing ...can be made in 20 minutes!|

Grilled Salmon Salad– a delicious and satisfying summer meal!

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Grilled Salmon Salad with Avocado-Cucumber Salsa and over a bed of Little gems, with a Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing.

Grilled Salmon Salad with Avocado Cucumber Salsa


An easy Summer salad with grilled salmon, avocado cucumber salsa over little gems lettuce with a creamy cilantro lime dressing….inspired by



Mexican Spiced Salmon:

  • 4 x 6 oz salmon filets
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • Lime for garnish

Avocado Salsa: 

  • 1 avocado (ripe, but slightly firm) diced
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • ½ jalapeno, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime- juice and zest
  • 23 teaspoons Olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Creamy yogurt dressing: 

  • ½ C plain Greek yogurt
  • lime juice from one small lime
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 tablespoon  olive oil
  • ⅛ cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

3-4 heads little gems lettuce ( or baby romaine) 1 per person


  1. Preheat the grill to medium.
  2. In a small bowl, make the spice rub -mix salt, pepper, chili powder and cumin. Rub all sides of salmon with the spice rub.
  3. Make the salsa. Mix all ingredients except avocado in a medium bowl. Gently fold in avocado last so it stays in tact, and don’t over mix, you don’t want it mushy.
  4. Make the dressing. Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl.
  5. Quarter lettuce vertically. Set aside.
  6. Grill salmon over medium heat on a well-greased grill, a few minutes on each side until desired doneness….preferable medium or medium rare. A thin metal spatula is best here to turn. Squeeze with a little lime juice.
  7. Assemble: Toss lettuce gently with a little dressing, just enough to coat. Lay on a plate, creating a bed for the salmon. Place salmon over top, then spoon the avacado salsa over top. Serve with lime wedges and cilantro sprigs.


You can also pan-sear the salmon in a little olive oil or use a grill pan.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 520
  • Sugar: 9.3 g
  • Sodium: 1356.1 mg
  • Fat: 26.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 31.5 g
  • Fiber: 14.9 g
  • Protein: 49.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 91.5 mg

Keywords: grilled salmon, grilled salmon with avocado salsa, avocado salsa, Mexican grilled salmon, salmon salad

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  1. This is such a great recipe for salmon in summertime when it’s too hot to turn on the oven. Love the various flavors and textures- we all loved it! Wound be great for company as well.

  2. Hi! My boyfriend hates cilantro & green yogurt do you have any other dressing ideas that would pair well with this? Thank you!

    1. I bet our classic caesar dressing would be really good here- or even our greek dressing?

  3. Unfortunately, this was way too salty. My lips were burning after I ate this. I am going to make it with only 1/3 of the salt the next time. I did enjoy the freshness of everything!

    1. Shoot Jenna! Just curious- did you change anything or happen to cut back on any of the other spices by chance? That could “upped” the salt proportion here.

  4. My husband is a fisherman and I have never been a big fan of salmon. We made this recipe the other day and I loved it! Needless to say my husband is THRILLED! Thank you

  5. I haven’t made this yet but it’s on my list for the week. Do you recommend the salmon to be with or w/out skin?

    1. It is good either way- whatever you prefer-just make sure that the skin gets crispy if you leave it on. 😉

  6. Really enjoyed this. Used steelhead trout in place of salmon and it turned out great (aside from the steelhead briefly igniting on the grill!). One question: Would firm tofu work in place of the salmon? Thinking of making this for vegetarian guests.

  7. Made this last night and it was incredibly good with the grilled salmon, slightly tart salsa and creamy dressing on the salad. I felt like a world-class chef and would be thrilled to have something this good in a restaurant. Thank you for so many wonderful recipes – this one is brilliant.

  8. This salmon recipe looks delicious! Salmon is my favorite fish& I am always looking for new recipes!
    I appreciate the salads that you recommend! Avocados are another favorite of mine!
    Love your feasting at home recipes!
    I’ve also shared your site with some friends!
    Thanks Sylvia for inspiring me to try new recipes that are always good& yummy!

  9. I have never cooked a recipe from Feasting at Home that I haven’t liked. She is my go to blogger for recipes. This salmon recipe is perfect for summer

  10. This recipe looks amazing… I’ve put it on the list to try this week! I love your recipes and use them every week. Thanks so much!

  11. Sometimes you can tell by the ingredient list if a recipe will be delicious! This one checks all the boxes…and I will be making it today. Thank you for sharing all your lovely recipes!

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