Salmon with Vegetable Salsa Recipe
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Salmon with Vegetable Salsa Recipe

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This salsa recipe is great not only with salmon, but also grilled chicken breasts and barbecued shrimp kabobs. The only fresh ingredient not available in my son's garden was the avocado! Make a double batch of the salsa to serve with crisp tortilla chips. —Priscilla Gilbert, Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped peeled cucumber
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and cubed
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • FISH:
  • 4 salmon fillets (6 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 438 calories, 28g fat (6g saturated fat), 108mg cholesterol, 721mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 36g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, onion, cilantro, jalapeno, lime juice and salt; set aside.
  2. Drizzle salmon with lime juice. Sprinkle with salt and cayenne pepper. In a large skillet, cook fillets in butter for 3-4 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Serve with salsa. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Salmon with Vegetable Salsa in Simple & Delicious May/June 2009, p33

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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justmbeth User ID: 1196484 255714
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2016

"Good combination of flavors. Was nice and balanced, not to strong on any flavor, light and refreshing."

krose112 User ID: 7646557 248930
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2016

"This dish was absolutely delicious! I had worried that the cayenne would over-power the taste of the salmon, but instead, it enhanced it beautifully. The salsa is scrumptious . I don't like cilantro so substituted fresh parsley, and it worked well. The salsa is fresh tasting and the touch of lime in it and on the salmon makes the whole dish perfect for spring or summer."

toolbarsco User ID: 6725667 113631
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2014

"This is one of the best recipes I have ever tried. I will make the salsa again and again to serve with other meats, chips, salads, etc. So simple to make and so healthy. I used exactly the amount of cayenne and jalpena as called for in the recipe and the degree of heat was perfect for our family--subtle but definitely present. If you like things really hot, definitely add more of both."

Anthis1 User ID: 7519591 105186
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2013


AK47 User ID: 7310702 180660
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2013

"Made this for a family dinner and was told it was one of the best things I've ever made! Served this with rice pilaf which was a nice complement to the dish. I will definitely make this again."

raceywlf User ID: 3872239 143993
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2013

"So refreshing, enjoyed this recipe very much loved the combination of salmon and veggie salsa and will definitely do again! thank you!"

evan1290 User ID: 5393613 182761
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2012

"This was delicious! I made it almost exactly like it was written, but I broiled the salmon in olive oil instead of butter. The salsa was fabulous, & they tasted really good together! My son & daughter both loved it, & my husband liked it too. This is definitely a keeper."

Toni51 User ID: 3872187 180111
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2012

"Is it okay to rate this recipe even though I made some changes?

I made this for my twin 19 year old daughters tonight (hub is out of town on a business trip, and I wasn't hungry). I substituted tilapia for the salmon. Since we are wimps about spicy heat, I left out the jalapeno and cayenne pepper. This is getting embarrassing, but I also left out the cilantro because it tastes like laundry detergent to me. I watch a lot of cooking shows and have come to learn that cilantro is really something you either love or detest.
And yet, despite all that, it was winner and the girls want to have it again. Thank you for the recipe. :-)
According to girls, who inhaled the entire platter,"

marisullivan User ID: 5390442 98511
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2012

"I put this with a ribeye steak. I did not add jalapeños, upped the cilantro and lemon juice and added strawberries. Very good. I can eat the salsa alone!! Super yummy! Ty for the recipe."

Tarqmisra User ID: 6212279 165816
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2011

"Delicious. I made the salsa exactly as the recipe states. I added a pinch more cayenne pepper to the salmon because we like spicier food. A define addition to our regular dishes."

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