Grilled Salmon Caesar Salad

Grilled wild Salmon Salad

Grilled Wild Salmon Caesar Salad is a wonderfully fresh and healthy main course salad ~ make it right on the stove top in a grill pan and enjoy all year long!

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Grilled Wild Salmon Salad is a wonderful light summer meal

Juicy salmon on grilled romaine lettuce

I’m a huge believer in eating lots of fish. I love it, and it’s just a happy coincidence that it’s so darned healthy. There’s only one drawback —  when I buy fresh fish I like to eat it the same day. That means extra schlepping to the store. And really fresh fish can be hard to find. Even here in Los Angeles, there are only a few stores that I will buy from, if I lived anywhere other than along a coast I would probably have to go way out of my way to find really great fresh fish.

Grilled Wild Salmon Salad

In fact ‘fresh’ is a dicey term in the fish industry

Most of the ‘fresh’ fish in your supermarket has been previously frozen and then thawed. Truly fresh fish can only last a few days once it’s been caught, and that’s usually just not long enough to get it from the boats to the stores in pristine condition. Recently I’ve discovered frozen fish as a way to skip the middleman and enjoy some of my favorite dishes whenever the urge strikes.

The trick is to find a good quality source

I used  frozen Seasoned Grill Wild Salmon from Morey’s Seafood for my Grilled Wild Salmon Salad. It has great texture, and lots of flavor marinated right in. I trust Morey’s, they’ve been packing healthy smoked and frozen seafood for over 50 years, and they take their commitment to quality, safety, and the environment seriously. The ingredient list on my marinated wild salmon fillets is incredibly short, and completely pronounceable!

grilled romaine lettuce

Grilled romaine lettuce forms the base of this summery salad. I take one head and halve it lengthwise, leaving the root end intact so everything stays together. I pop it cut side down onto a screaming hot grill that’s been lightly brushed with oil — it only takes a minute or two to get nice grill marks and some smokey flavor. I don’t want it to wilt completely and lose all of its crunch, so I only grill it on one side. It looks so pretty on a salad platter.

Grilled Salad with Wild Salmon

Then I top it with halved cherry tomatoes (I always cut my tomatoes, no matter how small, to release the juices and the flavor,) grated Parmesan, some homemade croutons, and the crowning glory, the grilled wild salmon. I drizzle it all with my homemade 30-second Caesar Dressing. You don’t need a lot of ingredients to get a spectacular result as long as each ingredient pulls its weight.

Homemade 30-Second Caesar Dressing

I love a main course salad in the summer, and this is a fantastic addition to my collection. The grilled romaine has a perfectly tender, but not wilted, texture, and it’s an all around fun salad to make and eat. The pre-marinated Morey’s Seasoned Grill Wild Salmon makes it so easy!


Wild Salmon and Grilled Romaine Salad

Grilled wild Salmon Salad
3.8 from 5 votes

Grilled Wild Salmon Salad

Grilled Wild Salmon Caesar Salad is a wonderfully fresh and healthy main course salad ~ make it right on the stove top in a grill pan and enjoy all year long!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Yield 2 servings
Author Sue Moran


  • 10 oz package (2 fillets) Morey's Grill Seasoned Wild Salmon, thawed
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 lemon cut in half
  • 8 8 cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • handful of croutons
  • chopped parsley
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  • oil for brushing the grill pan
  • Homemade Caesar Dressing recipe HERE


  • Slice the entire head of romaine lettuce in half lengthwise. Leave the root intact so the leaves stay together.
  • Heat a grill pan on medium high heat until quite hot. Brush it lightly with oil.
  • Grill the thawed salmon fillets for about 2 -3 minutes on each side until the fish is just barely cooked through. Set aside.
  • Set the romaine halves onto the hot grill, cut side down. Grill just long enough to get nice grill marks, about a minute or so. Set the lemon halves on the grill as well. Remove the lettuce to a serving platter, cut side UP, along with the lemon halves.
  • Scatter the tomatoes, Parmesan, croutons, and parsley over the lettuce. Sprinkle liberally with pepper. Top the lettuce with the salmon fillets.
  • Drizzle with the Caesar dressing and serve immediately.

Cook's notes

To thaw the salmon fillets, leave the vacuum packed packets in the refrigerator over night.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

salmon Caesar salad pin

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  • Reply
    Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners
    August 11, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    5 stars
    Wow, Sue, no one does fish the way you do! I should have known when I clicked on this beautiful dish on FoodGawker that it would take me here 🙂
    Salmon is my favourite fish…probably my favourite food…and this is simply stunning! Thanks for a great recipe 🙂

    • Reply
      August 11, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      Oh thanks so much Robyn, your comment made my day <3

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
    July 1, 2015 at 9:46 am

    What a great salad – the fish is perfectly grilled!

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    Toni | BoulderLocavore
    June 30, 2015 at 5:11 am

    Candidly I’ve avoided most fish since living in Colorado for the freshness issue you mention. It seemed an intuitive choice when I was living on a coastline but being landlocked, not so much. Morey’s sound like they have you covered! This is a beautiful salad Sue and reminds me I need to get some greens on the grill too!

  • Reply
    June 28, 2015 at 8:17 am

    We love salmon! I won’t buy anything but wild caught and Copper River salmon is in season now – delicious! Your salad sounds scrumptious, Sue. Grilled romaine is a perfect way to serve it.

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    June 27, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Mmmmmmmm. This looks fantastic. Admittedly, I have never tried grilling the lettuce…now’s the time. Such beauty in your salad. Sue (as always). I’m off to the site to see where I can buy it.

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    victoria mcauliffe
    June 27, 2015 at 6:29 am

    5 stars
    Sue just saw your post, salmon is my favorite fish as you know I used it the other day to make your fish cakes we loved it!!! Like you I have found a good frozen salmon here in Michigan that grilles and taste good. I know with all the lakes around here with perch walleye and salmon up north you would think fish is plentiful, but sad to say not a good idea to eat the fish from some of the great lakes. However I do grow green and red romaine in my garden never grilled any been afraid however have grilled cabbage “steaks” they are excellent. That said and the way your romaine looked I shall give it a try! Once again thank you for the great ideas!!!!!

    • Reply
      June 27, 2015 at 9:34 am

      Thanks Victoria- I bet your home grown romaine will be amazing on the grill.

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    Sheena @ Tea and Biscuits
    June 26, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    We’re on vacation near Rocky Mountain National Park and have been grilling out every night, we had wild salmon last night! It’s funny you mention the whole fresh thing as I had a conversation with my husband last night when he brought it back from grocery store that we needed to eat it that night or it may not be good to eat a day later. I grew up in a fishing village on the West Coast of Scotland so I’m a little skeptical of ‘Fresh’ salmon in a Colorado (or Mississippi..) grocery store 🙂

    And the grilled lettuce, I really must try that! You’re so fortunate to have a reputable source for your salmon, it looks delicious.

  • Reply
    June 26, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    This looks so great and perfect for summer! I would have never thought frozen salmon could look that good!

  • Reply
    June 26, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Hi Sue, salmon is my all time favorite seafood, and you have cooked this perfectly. Love that you grilled the romaine.

  • Reply
    June 26, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Where do you find Morey’s frozen grilled seasoned wild salmon? Love your blog.

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    Andrea @ Cooking with Mamma C
    June 26, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    I love grilled romaine but never thought to add salmon. That’s perfect! But don’t get me started about buying fish from the grocery store. I’m about to return fish for the fourth time this past year because it was bad. I appreciate the recommendation of buying frozen.

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    June 26, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Those colors! What a gorgeous salad. I’ve tried a salad with grilled lettuce before and loved it so I know this is delicious!

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    [email protected]'s+Recipes
    June 26, 2015 at 11:25 am

    wow that salmon looks perfectly cooked, Sue. I too love seafood, esp. fish. Used to have FISH every single day when I still lived with my mom. My brother went fishing every weekend (well, he doesn’t like to eat fish though), my mom did all the washing and cooking, and I was responsible to eat all of them.

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      June 26, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      Thanks Angie – eating all that fresh caught fish sounds wonderful 🙂

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    June 26, 2015 at 11:21 am

    This fish looks absolutely wonderful. I’ve always wondered about grilled lettuce so thank you for the wonderful photos and directions. Your meals are always so beautiful and the colors gorgeous!

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      June 26, 2015 at 12:33 pm

      I think as long as the lettuce is on the dense side, it does well on the grill. I love to grill radicchio, and even red cabbage wedges.

  • Reply
    June 26, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Oh, man. This looks really tasty.

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl
    June 26, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Yum- you cooked that salmon perfectly! This is the kind of dinner I want to eat in the summer!

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    Chris Scheuer
    June 26, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Living inland, I always buy fish that’s been flash frozen right on the dock or the boat. I probably don’t know any better, but it’s fantastic to me 🙂 Love everything about this salad. Grilled Romaine is super delicious. I never thought it was very pretty, but you’ve made it look beautiful!!!

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      June 26, 2015 at 7:16 am

      haha, I was nervous about photographing the lettuce, but it held up pretty well!

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    June 26, 2015 at 6:26 am

    This is my perfect grilled meal! That salmon looks delicious and I love the grilled romaine.

    • Reply
      June 26, 2015 at 6:56 am

      Thanks Jennifer- it’s the first time I’ve grilled lettuce, I was a little skeptical, but I love how it turned out – the heat just kind of ‘tenderized’ it.

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