This meal was originally scheduled for tomorrow in order to celebrate my freedom from teaching until August, but we had to finagle our menu before it was even solidified, but I consider it a celebratory "Hooray For Being Done With Full Days of School!!" meal.
This was really good and quite different. It felt great to be able to grill and use fresh fruit after a long winter and cooler than normal spring. This is really simple and ridiculously good. I'd definitely consider making this for an informal brunch or quick weeknight dinner.
Grilled Salmon with Fruit Salsa
(Adapted from Emeril Lagasse)
4 tsp. olive oil
2 6-oz. salmon fillets
Salt and pepper
Fruit Salsa recipe:
1 c. pineapple, diced finely
1/2 peach, diced finely
1/2 c. finely diced strawberries
1/2 red onion, diced finely
1 small jalepeno, seeded and stemmed and diced finely
2 T. fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
1/4 tsp. salt
In a large glass bowl combine fruit, pepper, and mint leaves. Squeeze orange and lime over the bowl. Mix well, coating fruit with juices. Add salt and mix well. Cover salsa and place in refridgerator for 30 minutes to allow mixture to combine.
For salmon, heat a grill over medium heat and brush fillets with olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, and Essence. Grill salmon fillets for 3 minutes on first side, then turn fish about 40 degrees (for burn marks) and grill for 3 minutes. Flip over and grill for 2-3 minutes more.
Remove from grill, top with salsa, and serve over rice.
- I've found that Emeril's "Essence" is a really great seasoning blend. Everything is seasoned perfectly when I use it--it's a brilliant combination of herbs and seasonings.
- I didn't dice my fruit as finely as I intended to, at least not at the end. The pineapple, as you can clearly see, is pretty huge. I got tired of dicing, basically.
- The whole combo works really, really well. I was a bit skeptical, but the jalepeno provides a touch of heat, and the mint is really refreshing.
- Don't be afraid to use the citrus juice. It really brightens the flavors of the fruit.
- The salmon is simple and tastes great. Grilled to perfection, man.