Grilled Salmon With Citrus Salsa Verde Recipe

A savoury salmon dish from Giada de Laurentiis, host of the Food Network's Giada at Home and Everyday Italian. Topped with salsa verde made of citrus zests and herbs, this dish is light enough for a hot summer day. Salmon fillets can be barbecued or grilled in a stove-top pan.

2 large oranges
1 tsp grated lemon zest
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
2 scallions, finely sliced
3 tbsp chopped fresh mint leaves
2 tbsp capers, rinsed, drained, and coarsely chopped
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Vegetable or canola oil, for the grill
4 (4-5-oz.) skinless centre-cut salmon fillets, each about 3" square
2 tbsp amber agave nectar or pure maple syrup*
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

* Agave is a natural sweetener from the blue agave plant in South America, and brushed on the salmon it creates a nice caramelized crust.



Step 1: Grate 2 tbsp zest from the oranges and put it in a medium bowl. Peel and trim the ends from each orange with a sharp knife. Using a paring knife, cut along the membrane on both sides of each segment. Free the segments and place on a cutting board. Coarsely chop the segments and scoop them into the bowl with the orange zest. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, parsley, scallions, mint, capers, and red pepper flakes. Toss lightly and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.


Step 1: Place a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Brush the grilling rack with vegetable oil to keep the salmon from sticking.

Step 2: Brush the salmon on both sides with the agave nectar and season with salt and pepper. Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side, until the fish flakes easily and is cooked to medium. Transfer the salmon to a platter and allow to rest for 5 minutes.

Step 3: Spoon the salsa verde on top of the salmon, or serve it on the side as an accompaniment.

Reprinted with permission from Giada de Laurentiis' Giada at Home (2010 Clarkson Potter).

Photo Giada At Home