Grilled Salmon Sandwiches

Tips for perfect grilled salmon and a recipe for my favorite Grilled Salmon Sandwiches with pesto, avocado, and arugula: a tasty and healthy Summer sandwich!

Tips for perfect grilled salmon and a recipe for my favorite Grilled Salmon Sandwiches with pesto, avocado, and arugula: a tasty and healthy Summer sandwich!

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 dumb 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.

Ahh… carbs.

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

Prep

Cook

Total

Yield 2 sandwiches

Ingredients

  • for the salmon:
  • 2 sandwich-sized salmon fillets or one large fillet, halved [skin on]
  • a drizzle of your favorite extra virgin olive oil
  • a hearty sprinkle of salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika
  • for the sandwich:
  • 2 fresh ciabatta rolls
  • 2-4 TBSP pesto [I used my asparagus-basil pesto]
  • 2 TBSP fresh mayo or aioli
  • 1 cup fresh baby arugula
  • 1/2 large avocado, sliced lengthwise
  • 6 slices tomato
  • recipe makes two summery sandwiches; adjusts easily to feed one or four!

Instructions

  1. Grab some wild Alaskan salmon from your local seafoodery and fire up the grill!
  2. 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.
  3. Secure your fish, skin-side down in a grill basket and grill for about 5 minutes.
  4. Flip the basket an grill skin-up for approx 8 minute until salmon is a bright pinkish-orange and completely opaque.
  5. No grill? No problem! You can bake your salmon in a foil pouch or try the sear-n-bake technique I use for my salmon tacos!
  6. Whichever technique you use for the salmon, be sure to gently remove the skin after cooking.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. Pile on the veggies and introduce it to your face. Enjoy!

Perfect grilled salmon is a thing of beauty!

Perfect Grilled Salmon

No grill? No problem! You can bake your salmon in a foil pouch or try the sear-n-bake technique I use for my salmon tacos!

Don’t forget to pile on the avocado!

Tips for perfect grilled salmon and a recipe for my favorite Grilled Salmon Sandwiches with pesto, avocado, and arugula: a tasty and healthy Summer sandwich!

Tips for perfect grilled salmon and a recipe for my favorite Grilled Salmon Sandwiches with pesto, avocado, and arugula: a tasty and healthy Summer sandwich!

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.

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AneleatSuccessAlongtheWeigh

Holy yum! This looks amazing!!

Electra @ electra-fi.com

HOLY YUMMMM 😉

Rachel Rinderknecht

My hubby would love this! I myself am not a fish person BUT these look so good! The power of pictures ha!

Katie @ happygokatie

Wow. just wow. I see some grilling in my near future. I also see my end result looking not nearly as beautiful as these. Yummmmm.

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

Thanks Rachel! I was never much of a fish gal growing up but ohmygosh I adore it now that my palate has grown! Grilled and seasoned like this, ohmygosh it makes the salmon SO GOOD! Not “fishy-tasting” at all but instead buttery and flavorful. Hope you try it sometime!

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

Thanks Katie! Stress not; it’ll be gorgeous!

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

Thanks Electra!

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

Thanks darling! Happy Tuesday!

Kadee Cramer

I have the same bread dilemma! It’s hard buying fancier bread or even buns for just me and my husband. Also ciabatta is soo good with pesto. 😀

Jeni

My mouth is totally watering! Guess it’s a sign I need to grill some salmon!

Emily @ Life on Food

This sandwich is a dream come true. Love it!

Arman @ thebigmansworld

Dude. When I visit America…..can you please make this? I will dress up as a human tim tam.

Anna-Marie

I must find that bread!

Julie @ Coastal Runner Girl

Oh wow, this sounds amazingggg!! 🙂

Alysia @ Slim Sanity

I’d probably really love this if I subbed chicken for salmon, lol. Just caaaan’t do it! Call me crazy.

Audrey @ In Shape Cupcake

These looks fantastic!!!! I really really want to make this!

Yuliya Fruman

Not only does that suchi look fantastic, but I am absolutely drooling over the thought of baked spaghetti [which totally clashes with my efforts at keeping paleo]! A cheat meal later on perhaps – my hubby would love it though 🙂 I also had to laugh at the Sushi song haha

Thanks for hosting!

Marjorie@APinchOfHealthy

Yum at that sushi! Looks awesome.

Kadee Cramer

I’ve been known to paint only the fingernails I knew would show in a picture of my hand holding up food. Just sayin 😛

kim@hungryhealthygirl

We had baked spaghetti here too, recently! Love that stuff!

Marnie @ SuperSmartMama

Ha! Loved the thought of Paul dancing around the kitchen rejoicing that you made something non-vegetarian. Too funny!

Sprint2theTable

You should have had the sushi fries I had last night. They were unreal.

Hee hee… hot Italian sausage.

katie m

OMG Jen those muffin’s look amazing. Very yummy that baked spaghetti looks easy and defiantly need to try this

Katie @ happygokatie

Your pictures are so preeeettttyyyy! And baked spaghetti – yum! I’m looking forward to the recipe 🙂

Gina @ Teach Me How To Healthy

Oh my gosh, that baked spaghetti looks amazing! And also, I have a huge craving for sushi now… Haha

jessica @ Sweat Is My Sanity

Your food looks amazing. I’m not a sushi eater, but my husband and kiddos love it and always have, so I really should try making it fresh for them. Probably lots less expensive than the restaurants. I have always wanted to make baked spaghetti…i love it the normal way, and my friend brought us dinner once and it was awesome. I’ll be waiting for you to release the official recipe. 😉 As far as the cherries…yeah, if you see my WIAW post, that’s what I ate for breakfast…it’s just how it’s going to be until I can no longer buy them for $5 a pound at the store! We had a tree when I was growing up, but now, I have to pay the high prices. Have a fab day!

Emily @ Life on Food

That sushi looks so good. so so good!!

Kaitlin

Those cherries look to be the epitome of summer!!

April@SimplySweetLiving

That looks amazing!!!!! Me and my hubby love salmon! This would be a regular around our house for sure. I see this being made very soon! 🙂

Heather @ Housewife Glamour

I’m loving cherries this summer! And that sushi looks phenom. Thanks for hosting another week of WIAW! 🙂

Carmy

Those cherries look yum! I just got a batch and they’re so sweet I just can’t get enough!

Karey @ Nutty About Health

Your eats all look gorgeous as always! I don’t like touching any raw meat either… cooking some nasty looking chicken years ago was what convinced me to go vegetarian… I’m not anymore, but meat still grosses me out when raw!

Annabel89

Oh my goodness Jenn, you’ve done it again. This looks absolutely sensational! I’m going to make it. Maybe tonight. Mmmmmm.

http://www.annadorabel.com/

Kelsie Ramsey

Your pictures are beautiful! I love that you cropped out your chipped nail! 🙂

Arman @ thebigmansworld

You’re photos legit make me want to eat my screen!!!

Christine from Cook the Story

The salmon looks great, but I have to say that your basil asparagus pesto is really calling my name right now.

    Jenn

    Haha thanks Christine, it’s a bit legendary! <3

Pat

Definitely trying this the next time we make salmon! Thank you so much!

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