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Salads are wonderful weeknight meals!

They’re typically easy to make, lighter, but still filling and satisfying. I like to create salads that are full of diverse flavors so that I am never left feeling like I need more after dinner. I typically want something sweet, but that’s a whole different story. We’re talking about main dishes here. Anyway, one way of bring flavor to salads is adding good protein – hello salmon!

Another way of doing this is adding fresh herbs – please meet dill! I heart dill, especially in the warmer months. It adds a unique flavor to any dish and works beautifully in this salad.

Add some of your favorite vegetables and there you have it. A salad full of flavor, vitamins, yet satisfying and filling!



Salmon Marinade

  • 1 large salmon filet (8-10 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • ½ of cucumber, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped fennel (can substitute red onion. Pickle the fennel or onion by placing in a bowl with 3 dashes of red wine vinegar and good pinch of salt. Let sit for 10 minutes then pat dry)
  • Romaine Lettuce, chopped
  • Feta cheese


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice from the lemon
  • 1 ½ teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped


  1. Turn on your grill to medium high heat. In a bowl whisk together the salmon marinade ingredients (olive oil, salt, pepper, and lemon juice). Add salmon and turn to coat all sides.
  2. If you want to lightly pickle the fennel or red onion, do so now. Pickling adds extra flavor and helps lighten the natural flavors.
  3. Spray the grill with non-stick cooking spray and grill salmon on each side for 6-8 minutes. Cooking time will depend on how thick your salmon is. Mine was about 1 ½ inches.
  4. While the salmon is cooking, prepare the dressing by whisking all the ingredients in a bowl. Place in refrigerator until you’re ready to dress the salad.
  5. After salmon is done grilling, place on cutting board and gently flake the fish. Prepare the salad and pour dressing on top. Garnish with extra dill if desired.

Serving: Makes 2 Salads 

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Photo Credit: Jessica Loizzo

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