Friday, March 18, 2011

Warm Pear and Salmon Salad

This recipe is a great example of adaptation in the kitchen. I was all ready to make a warm peach  and salmon salad. But as luck would have it, my peaches weren't ripe enough to grill so I went with pears. It was pretty easy to put this one together. Make the dressing first. The salmon and pears grill at the same time and you can prepare the salad within the 10 minutes everything is on the grill. Neither the salmon or the pears need to be turned so it's pretty hands off. The flavors work really well together. Enjoy!

Serves 4.

7 ounces mixed salad greens
1 medium cucumber, peeled and chopped
3 green onions, sliced thin
1 avocado, halved, peeled, pitted, and sliced
1 cup pecans, toasted at 350 degrees F for about 15 minutes
2 pears, cored and each sliced into 12 wedges
2 pounds skin-on wild salmon
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
lemon pepper vinaigrette

  1. Combine salad greens, cucumber, green onions, and avocado in a large bowl.
  2. Season salmon with salt and pepper.
  3. Place peat sliced in a bowl and drizzle with 1 Tbsp olive oil.
  4. Heat grill to medium. Grill salmon and pears for 10 minutes at about 300 degrees. I used two separate grill pans to grill them alongside each other. (Well, let's say Dave grilled them in the grill pans. He is the grill master, after all.)
  5. Toss salad greens with about 1/2 of dressing. Transfer to individual salad bowls.
  6. Divide pears and pecans evenly among salads and arrange on top.
  7. Remove salmon from skin and divide it among bowls.
  8. Drizzle with additional dressing.


  1. Where is the recipe for the dressing?

  2. Hi, Anon! If you click on the words "lemon pepper vinaigrette," it will link you to the recipe. Enjoy!