A recipe for my favorite Grilled Salmon Sandwiches with Pesto, Avocado, and Arugula and tips for perfectly grilled salmon, every time! These scrumptious salmon sandwiches make a tasty and healthy summer lunch!
I just found the best thing since sliced bread!
Well it actually is bread, but you have to slice it yourself. Do I sound like a crazy person yet? I’ll clarify!
My local grocery store started carrying frozen artisan take-and-bake breads. They’re under-baked and basically finish the baking process in your oven whenever your carb craving strikes! In about 5-8 minutes I can have perfectly portioned, hot, fluffy, crusty, chewy, amazing baguettes, buns, loaves or focaccia without the weird additives or preservatives that shelf-stable breads tend to be loaded with.
No longer do I have to shy away from buying over-sized packages of rolls or buns, because I can now stash away a 4pk of fancy schmantzy ciabatta rolls in my freezer and only bake what I need, when I need it, fast!
It sounds silly to be this excited about bread but it literally took my frequently-single-gal dining game to the next level. This isn’t to say I can’t make my own bread at home, but sometimes a short cut is cause for a happy dance.
I’m terribly sorry you had to bear with me rambling about bread for however many minutes it took you to read that. Food excites me. Ready for a really stinkin’ good salmon sandwich?
Let’s do this!
Grilled Salmon Sandwiches
These salmon sandwiches are AWESOME and perfect for an easy peasy lunch or dinner on the grill!
Grilled Salmon Sandwiches
- 6 oz salmon (skin on) halved
- a drizzle of your favorite extra virgin olive oil
- season with: salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika – to taste
- 2 fresh ciabatta rolls
- 2-4 TBSP pesto (homemade or store bought)
- 2 TBSP fresh mayo or aioli
- 1 cup fresh baby arugula
- 1/2 large avocado sliced lengthwise
- 6 slices tomato
- Grab some wild Alaskan salmon from your local seafoodery and fire up the grill!
- Heat your grill to about 375 degrees F and prep your salmon by drizzling each fillet with olive oil and seasoning, to taste, with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika.
- Secure your fish, skin-side down in a grill basket and grill for about 5 minutes.
- Flip the basket an grill skin-up for approx 8 minute until salmon is a bright pinkish-orange and completely opaque.
- Whichever technique you use for the salmon, be sure to gently remove the skin after cooking.
- It should slide off easily when you insert a knife between the salmon and the skin. Just gently swipe through and you’re good to go.
- If you’re using take-and-bake ciabatta like I am, pop two in the oven for five minutes until golden and crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Yum!
- Using bakery fresh rolls instead? Lightly toast them up on your grill with a little butter or oil if you’d like or enjoy them as is!
- Slather one side of the ciabatta with homemade or storebought mayo or aioli and spread your favorite pesto for the other. Add a small mountain of fresh arugula and your hot and ready salmon.
- Pile on the veggies and introduce it to your face. Enjoy!
If you get a chance to try these grilled salmon sandwiches, let me know! You can leave me a comment here (LOVE checking those daily!) or tag @PEASandCRAYONS on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creations. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!
Perfect grilled salmon is a thing of beauty!
Don’t forget to pile on the avocado!
so… how was it!?
Face-rocking! I forgot to breathe while eating it… seriously! Now I love a good salmon cake or crab cake sandwich, but this? This takes the cake. The white chocolate frosting-covered funfetti cake! Or whatever. It’s quick, easy, and the perfect summer salmon sammie. Try saying that 5 times fast. I dare you.