Easy Grilled Salmon

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Here’s an easy way to grill salmon without the fish sticking to the grates. Promise! And mix up your approach with 4 different marinades while you’re at it.

easy grilled salmon


With warmer weather comes grilling season and one of the easiest and healthiest foods you can prepare on a grill, whether it’s gas or charcoal, is salmon. There is a trick to grilling salmon, though, that once you know will transform your success with grilling this fish forever. The secret?

Use skin-on fillets and place the salmon fillets on the hot grill skin-side up first.

The fillets, when raw, won’t flake and fall apart like they will when they are cooked. So, you sear the raw skinless side first, only enough to get some good grill marks and an edge of cooked fish, then you carefully flip it and finish your cooking at a lower temperature with the skin-side down.

This way, the skin will help keep the fillet together and help keep it from flaking apart and falling into your grill while the fish cooks.

A friend of mine taught me this approach years ago and it makes a huge difference. If you do it the other way? Skin side first? It’s a mess.

easy grilled salmon


Also, make sure you coat the grill grates and the fillets well with oil to help prevent sticking. Some sticking is likely to happen anyway, which is why you need to be careful when you flip the fillets over. But having a well-oiled hot grill and well-oiled fillets will help.


There are plenty of marinades you can use with salmon; I’ve included four favorites here below. We often just use a simple soy sauce and minced garlic marinade. Sometimes I get a little fancier and add mirin rice wine, ginger, and sugar.

Do you have a favorite way to prepare grilled salmon? A favorite salmon marinade? If so, please let us know about it in the comments.

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Avocado And Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

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This traditional chicken salad recipe is lightened up with Greek nonfat yogurt and creamy mashed avocado for an added boost of protein plus good for you fats that make this salad so tasty no one will ever miss the mayo.

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This post is in partnership with Oikos Greek Nonfat Yogurt who has compensated me to create a recipe using their product. All opinions are my own.

Continuing with tradition is so good in so many ways. But continuing to evolve is even better.

I mean, why use the answering machine when you have voice mail at your fingertips instead? And why tool your baby around in an old-fashioned pram instead of an easy-to-transport collapsible baby stroller? And just think of what we’d all sound like if language didn’t change over time …”If your great umbrage would care to meet my high dudgeon at 12 paces, I would be happy to entertain you at dawn.”

Using Oikos Greek Nonfat Yogurt as a substitute for mayonnaise is just one of the many reasons for adding it to your diet, including these healthful yogurt facts:

  • Greek nonfat yogurt is higher in protein and lower in fat than regular mayonnaise.
  • 64% of Americans don’t meet their daily calcium needs. Each 5.3 oz cup of Oikos Nonfat Yogurt supplies 15% of the daily calcium our bodies need, so eating even just one yogurt a day becomes a first step to a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.
  • Greek yogurt contains active yogurt cultures and the balance and diversity of bacteria in your gut is associate with better health.
  • Greek yogurt contains less lactose than regular nonfat yogurt, making it helpful for yogurt lovers who are lactose intolerant.
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  • I used sliced red grapes in my mix to give the salad a bit of sweetness, but you could substitute sweetened dried cranberries or pomegranates, or use a bit of both.

    The distinctive crunch factor of any great chicken salad is delivered with celery and chopped pecans. I prefer a big celery bite so I give mine a generous cut, but if you’d like a more mellow munch, dice yours instead.

    Last but certainly not least, I LOVE the herby flavor of fresh tarragon with chicken and so it’s always included in recipes like this. If you don’t have tarragon on hand, or aren’t a fan, use a flat-leaf parsley, dill, or thyme instead.

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Make your own quick and tasty carrot hot dog with pureed veggies and lentils to give them a delicious taste and fine ‘veggie dog’-like texture. They’re fast, easy and full of goodness. Vegan and easily gluten free. 

Overhead shot of lentil and carrot vegan hot dogs in buns with mustard and ketchup


You don’t need to turn to processed store bought veggie dogs. They’re really easy to make yourself and taste delicious.

You will need:

red lentils
vegetable stock
olive oil
smoked paprika
garlic powder
flour (plain or gluten-free)

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