This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Safeway. All opinions are 100% mine.
GRILLED SALMON WITH BLACKBERRY BELL PEPPER SALSA — Salmon filets are marinated, grilled, then topped off with a sweet and savory salsa featuring fresh blackberries and grilled bell peppers.
I’m so glad that warmer weather is finally here, which means it’s time to fire up the grill and cook up fresh and delicious dishes like this Grilled Salmon with Blackberry Bell Pepper Salsa.
If you’ve been a Let’s Dish reader for long, you know how much my boys love seafood, and especially salmon! And our favorite way to prepare salmon is on the grill.
We always feel like we’re eating in a fancy restaurant when we have salmon for dinner. And since it cooks up quickly, it’s even a great option for busy week nights.
The blackberry and grilled pepper salsa adds a whole new level of flavor to this dish. It’s a little bit sweet, a little bit savory, and the perfect accompaniment to the smoky salmon.
This salsa is also pretty great on it’s own, as an appetizer with your favorite tortilla chips. So it might not be a bad idea to make extra!
The combination of fresh blackberries with the grilled veggies is so flavorful. I don’t always use grilled veggies in my fresh salsas, but with salmon being a more delicate dish, it worked really well in this recipe.
Plus, grilling adds so much flavor, and you can grill just about any vegetable. Larger veggies like peppers and onions can go right on the grill. I like to grill smaller veggies kabob-style, on skewers. You can even grill vegetables like asparagus on a sheet of aluminum foil.
I always find a great selection of produce and fresh seafood at my local Safeway store. And it’s about five minutes away, so even when I make last minute dinner plans, it’s easy and convenient to get what I need.
With high-quality seafood and fresh produce, they are a great source to elevate your grilling game this BBQ season. And they also offer Grocery Delivery and DriveUp & Go™ for convenient ways to shop!
I like to stop by the seafood counter first thing and order what I need, then have it prepared for me while I finish my shopping. On my last visit, the store associate actually came and found me to deliver my salmon filets–I didn’t even have to go back the seafood counter!
Not only do I find the most delicious seafood, fruits, veggies and vegan/vegetarian grilling favorites at Safeway stores in the Denver area, I always get great service too.
The results of my latest shopping trip were definitely delicious! My family couldn’t stop raving about this grilled salmon. They said it was even better than a fancy restaurant!
Sometimes cooking fish can be intimidating, but it’s actually one of the easiest things to grill, according to my husband, who does most of the outdoor cooking around here.
If you’re new to cooking fish, here are a few of my favorite tips.
Tips for Cooking Fish
Cooking time: Measure your fish at its thickest part, then aim for about 10 minutes of cooking time per inch of thickness.
Is it done? To test fish for doneness, insert a knife into the flesh at the thickest part. It should be just barely translucent in the center. The internal temperature of cooked salmon should be 145 degrees.
Even if it doesn’t look quite done, the fish will continue to cook after you remove it from the heat, so make sure not to overcook it.
I like to squeeze some fresh lime juice over my salmon before topping it with the salsa and serving. And it’s absolutely delicious just like this (in case you accidentally ate all your blackberry salsa with the tortilla chips before dinner was ready).
And as long as you’ve got the grill fired up, why not use it to make dessert too? Grilled peaches and pineapple are favorites around here. But you can also grill fresh fruit like strawberries on skewers.
Served with some vanilla ice cream, grilled fruit is the perfect ending to a delicious outdoor meal.
Be sure to save this Grilled Salmon with Blackberry Bell Pepper Salsa recipe to your favorite Pinterest board for later.
For the salmon
- 4-6 salmon filets
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
- Salt and pepper, to taste
For the Blackberry Pepper Salsa
- 12 ounces blackberries, washed and cut in half
- 1 large yellow bell pepper, cored and cut in half
- 1 jalapeno pepper
- 1 small red onion, cut into 1 inch slices
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons seedless blackberry jam
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1-2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
- Place salmon in a shallow glass dish. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic and salt and pepper, to taste. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.
- Meanwhile, preheat the grill for medium-high heat. Place the blackberries in a medium bowl. Brush the bell pepper halves, jalapeno pepper and onion slices with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
- Grill until vegetables are charred, about 10 minutes, turning once halfway through cooking time. Cool completely, then dice peppers and onions. Add vegetables to the bowl with the blackberries.
- Stir in blackberry jam, honey, lime juice and mint, and toss gently to mix well. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- To cook the salmon, oil grill and preheat for medium heat. Cook for 10-12 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees, turning once halfway through cooking.
- Transfer salmon to a serving platter and top with blackberry bell pepper salsa.
I shopped at Safeway in my local area, but you can also find quality grilling essentials at the Albertsons Companies family of stores, including Albertsons, Safeway, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Randalls, Shaw’s Supermarket, Star Market, Tom Thumb and Vons.
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