Grilled Salmon Sandwiches

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!

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 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.

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!

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!
5 from 1 vote

Grilled Salmon Sandwiches

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 2 sandwiches
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons


  • 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!


  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!

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!

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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  • Pat

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

  • 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

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

  • April@SimplySweetLiving

    5 stars
    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! 🙂

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

  • Annabel89

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

  • 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!

  • Kaitlin

    Those cherries look to be the epitome of summer!!

  • Emily @ Life on Food

    That sushi looks so good. so so good!!

  • 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!

  • 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

  • Katie @ happygokatie

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

  • katie m

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

  • Sprint2theTable

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

    Hee hee… hot Italian sausage.

  • Marnie @ SuperSmartMama

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

  • kim@hungryhealthygirl

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

  • 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 😛

  • Yum at that sushi! Looks awesome.

  • 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!

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

  • Alysia @ Slim Sanity

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

  • Oh wow, this sounds amazingggg!! 🙂

  • Anna-Marie

    I must find that bread!

  • Arman @ thebigmansworld

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

  • Emily @ Life on Food

    This sandwich is a dream come true. Love it!

  • Jeni

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

  • 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. 😀

  • Thanks darling! Happy Tuesday!

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

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

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  • AneleatSuccessAlongtheWeigh

    Holy yum! This looks amazing!!

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