Salmon Marinade and Avocado Cucumber Salsa

Ready to “fly your coop?”  High temperatures got you seeking shade and feeling tuckered out?
Grilled Salmon with Avocado-Cucumber Salsa fast and fabulous will give you time to put your feet up, grab a book and cool it, making for a great day!
At least 1 1/2 hours before serving, make a simple marinade for your salmon steaks (or fillet).  Cover your salmon and tuck in the fridge for at least 1 hour…I do it early in the day 5 to 6 hours ahead, cause I like lots of flavor…

Chop fresh cilantro.  Dice cucumber and red onion…

Add it to diced pineapple, fresh is heavenly, canned works…now add the juice of 1 lime…

Peel and pit an avocado.  Dice it small…
Carefully give it a gentle toss, cover and chill.
Preheat your grill about 20 minutes before you’d like to eat.  We like to use a grill basket for all fish that we grill.  Also, every grill can be different.  My guy grilled our salmon steaks over low heat for 6-7 minutes per side.  Be careful not to over cook it.  It cooks quickly, so watch it…you can always “throw it back!”
Serve with a little steamed or grilled corn and watermelon stars.  It’s so amazingly easy, tasty, summery lite.

Simple Salmon Marinade
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. rice vinegar (I use seasoned)
Combine and pour over salmon.  I like to use a zipped bag…but anything sealed will work.  Chill for 1 hour minimum or up to 5 or 6 hours for more flavor.  20 minutes before serving, preheat grill.  Grill for 10 to 15 minutes over low heat.  If you don’t have a grill basket, make sure your grill rack is really clean and rub a little oil on it, so your fish won’t stick.

Avocado-Cucumber Salsa
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled and small diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple, small dice
  • Juice of 1 fresh lime
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and small diced
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
Gently toss, cover and chill for 1 hour before serving.

Seek shade, and smile all!

About The Author


Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!


  1. Debbie

    If this is delicious as the other recipes I have tried from here, it will be yet another piece of heaven.

    And I LOVE the watermelon star! How cute is that? It makes the plate even happier.

  2. Julie Harward

    Thanks for the good ideas here, it all looks so yummy to me! 😀

  3. Julie

    I love grilled salmon!! The watermelon stars are so creative! What a delicious and beautiful meal.

  4. Linda

    I love the Avocado-Cucumber salsa recipe! Actually, I love every thing in this post. Your presentation is beautiful. It looks like it belongs in a magazine.

  5. Chef Bee

    Your pictures are beautiful. The dish looks amazing. I’m all about the presentation for any occasion.

    Plan B

  6. Red Couch Recipes

    Gnee: Your salsa looks like something we would love! Yummy! Joni

  7. jodi @ Pleasant Home

    Oh goodness! That looks SO GOOD! And I think I actually have some salmon in the freezer from hubby! Will have to try! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Cathy

    What a delicious summer dinner! That scrumptious salsa would really dress up the grilled salmon. Your photos are mouthwatering.

  9. Indie.Tea

    Your grilled salmon looks and sounds delicious, and pretty healthy too. Perfect!

  10. GardenofDaisies

    Your cucumber avocado salsa looks amazing! And I LOVE salmon!!! And I really do like the way you cut the watermelon into a star shape. Such a cute idea and it just makes the plate pop!

  11. Sherri

    I just had salmon for dinner tonight…but this looks so yummy I might have to make this soon!

  12. Life on an artistic shoestring

    I tried the salsa recipe tonight with some grilled salmon and tilapia. Fantastic! I served this along with brown rice and peas and a side salad. Everyone raved over that salsa! I loved the lime and pineapple flavors up against the red onion – tasted oh so exotic.

  13. Bonnie

    I found your lovely blog from Yvonne at Stone Gable’s link. I can see you are going to inspire me to cook more now that I am a follower. Your pictures look delicious. I need some new recipes to impress my gourmet daughter.

  14. Haden News

    What a great dinner!! Love the watermellon star:)

  15. Jerri

    This looks really good! And I love the pic of the bird!

    Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites!

  16. Life on an artistic shoestring

    I made this salsa again last night and the family scarfed it up….again! This will be my signature dish whenever I need to take something to a cookout. Yum, yum…..


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