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Honey Dijon Salmon with Avocado Basil Sauce

Serves: 6 - 8

  • Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs salmon, skin on

  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, divided

  • 2 tsp smoked paprika

  • 2 tsp cumin

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced or grated

  • 1 lemon, zested then juiced

  • 1 pinch red chile flakes

  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard

  • ¼ cup honey

  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper

  • 2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise

  • 1 avocado, halved and cubed

  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped

  • 1 jalapeño pepper, halved and seeded

  • 1 lime, juiced

  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper


  1. In a small bowl, combine paprika, cumin, garlic, lemon zest, chile flakes, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Stir in enough olive oil to make a loose paste. Rubbing the oil evenly into the salmon.

  2. In a separate bowl, combine ¼ cup olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon, honey, cayenne, and a pinch of salt. Whisk until smooth and creamy.

  3. Place tomatoes in a separate bowl and sprinkle with kosher salt. Set aside.

  4. Heat your grill, grill pan or skillet to medium high heat. Place salmon on grill, skin side down. Loosely cover and cook until skin is lightly charred, 4-5 minutes, turn and grill another 3-4 minutes until opaque. Remove the salmon from the grill and drizzle with the honey mustard.

  5. Drain tomatoes slightly then add avocado, basil, jalapeño, lime juice and olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  6. Spoon the tomatoes and avocado sauce over the salmon.


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