Whole30 grilled salmon with avocado salsa recipe

my favorite things to post are easy and delicious recipes. this one is easy, delicious AND healthy. its so flavorful that you’ll really have to wonder how it could be soo good for you.  Whole30 Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa might just be my favorite recipe on my entire site.

WHOLE30 APPROVED grilled salmon with avocado salsa.  healthy and delicious...my favorite salmon recipe

my friend Bre mentioned on Instagram that she would like me to find a Whole30 approved recipe to post.  she is currently participating in and leading a Whole 30 group for January. after doing some research, i found out that Whole30 is a program of stripping certain foods like sugar, grains, dairy, and legumes from your diet completely for 30 days.  i have heard a lot of people mentioning this lifestyle change lately. you can find out more by clicking HERE.  i’m not currently participating in the program (could you tell from the apple pie cupcakes i posted last weekend?), but i’m always looking for healthy and delicious recipes.  when recipes taste like this one, it is easy to live a healthy lifestyle.  its all about flavor.

WHOLE30 APPROVED grilled salmon with avocado salsa.  healthy and delicious...my favorite salmon recipe

the other thing that’s easy to love about this recipe is how simple and quick it is to prepare. we grilled the salmon on our panini grill (its currently 20 degrees in saint louis…so we weren’t about to grill outside).  simple and quick.  the salmon gets a rub of some delicious spices, and the avocado salsa is quick and sooo flavorful.  fresh and delicious.  we even grilled up a little salmon for mr. dill, you can see it in the upper corner of the picture.  he was more than thrilled.

WHOLE30 APPROVED grilled salmon with avocado salsa.  healthy and delicious...my favorite salmon recipe

WHOLE30 APPROVED grilled salmon with avocado salsa.  healthy and delicious...my favorite salmon recipe

hello, gorgeous.

WHOLE30 APPROVED grilled salmon with avocado salsa.  healthy and delicious...my favorite salmon recipe

i found this recipe when searching for Whole30 approved meals.  i changed a couple things, like leaving out the peppers.  i’m not huge on super spicy things, but i’m sure it would taste amazing.  you can see the original recipe HERE.  she has a beautiful website with so many creative recipes.  she also has some delicious side dish ideas.

WHOLE30 APPROVED grilled salmon with avocado salsa.  healthy and delicious...my favorite salmon recipe

WHOLE30 APPROVED grilled salmon with avocado salsa.  healthy and delicious...my favorite salmon recipe

my mouth is watering while i’m editing these pictures.  the flavor is incredible.  you have to try this!

WHOLE30 APPROVED grilled salmon with avocado salsa.  healthy and delicious...my favorite salmon recipe

WHOLE30 APPROVED grilled salmon with avocado salsa.  healthy and delicious...my favorite salmon recipe

if you have more questions about Whole30, i’m sure my friend Bre would love to talk to you.  you can email me and i’ll forward her your questions.


WHOLE30 APPROVED grilled salmon with avocado salsa.  healthy and delicious...my favorite salmon recipe

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grilled salmon with avocado salsa
Whole30 approved grilled salmon with avocado salsa
Recipe type: main course
  • 2 lbs salmon, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 tbs olive oil (I used light extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp ancho chili powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • for the Avocado salsa:
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • ½ small red onion, sliced
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • 1-2 tbs finely chopped cilantro (depending on how big of a cilantro lover you are)
  • Salt to taste
  1. Mix the salt, chili powder, cumin, paprika, onion and black pepper together, rub the salmon fillets with olive oil and this seasoning mix
  2. refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Pre-heat the grill.
  4. Combine the avocado, onion, cilantro, lime juice, and salt in a bowl and mix well, chill until ready to use.
  5. Grill the salmon to desired doneness. (I grilled for about 5 minutes)
  6. Top with avocado salsa and enjoy!




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    • says

      thank you so so much! i’ve been working on the pictures…i still have a lot to learn. i just went to your site and i can’t wait to try those calzones with asparagus! yum!!! thanks so much for stopping by :) let me know if you try the salmon!

      • Dallas says

        I made your salmon and avacodo salsa tonight and I have to say that this was by far the BEST salmon EVER! The spice combination was perfect and the avacodo salsa on top was perfect! Thank you so much for sharing!

      • says

        I am making this now with a first run Alaskan salmon. I feel so brave trying this with such a special fish but I can only assume that it’s amazing. I have already taste tested the avocado salsa and it is superb. It’s really citrusy which I think will go well with the fish. Thank you!

  1. Naomi says

    This was such a beautiful/awesome/yummy recipe! It will be one that I will make again. It was just amazing how well the individual tastes went together so well. The mixture that you put on top of the salmon was out of this world! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

      • chrystal says

        do you think I could bake the salmon in the oven and it would be just as good? anyone have an idea of temp and time for oven?

        • Susie G says

          Hey Chrystal, Susie here (Becky’s mom). I have roasted salmon several times in the oven and it is delicious. Here are the directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with foil and spray the foil with cooking spray. Prepare the salmon per the recipe directions then place the salmon filets, skin down, on the cooking tray. Cook 12-18 minutes (see note*). Remove from the oven and cover with aluminum foil until ready to plate. *Perfectly cooked salmon separates into big, soft flakes and has some pink in the center. It will continue to cook a little more out of the oven so remove it at this point. I’m sure it will turn out great. Please let us know if you have further questions.

      • maureen says

        I ran across your Salmon with avocado salsa recipe and as I read it I wanted to rush to the store and serve it tonight. So thank you for creating and posting it. Your pictures are fabulous.
        Question: does it work as well under the broiler?
        Thank you, maureen

        • says

          I’ve never tried it that way, but I’m confident it would work just as well. I hope you love the recipe!!! Thanks so much for the sweet comments and for stopping by!

  2. says

    So I pinned this recipe…today I made it and I have to say that this was one of the B E S T dinners I have ever made! It was absolutely delish and I’m newly obsessed! Can’t wait to try some more of your recipes :)

  3. says

    This looks delicious! this recipe mixes two of my absolutely favorite things in the world! Salmon and Avocados! Beautiful pictures as well!

  4. Lauren says

    Did you leave the skin on the salmon or was there no skin?

    I can’t wait to make this dish it looks absolutely AMAZING!!!!

    • says

      we used a knife to cut the skin off before grilling. I’m sure you can also buy it skinless. it was pretty easy to peel off, so that’s what I would recommend. please let me know if you try it! hope you love it :)

  5. Megan Saenz says

    I mad this last night for dinner and it was amazing! I found the recipe on Pinteres, but I will be checking out your website for other delicious recipes :)

  6. says

    It’s great that you label things as “healthy” – but what does that mean? what is the caloric content, fiber, fat, carbs, protein? It would be nice if that was included if you’re going to label something as “healthy”. Thanks!

    • Emily says

      Courtney, salmon and avocado are both full of healthy fats and are recommended to eat. Spices and onions are also healthy and olive oil is a healthy oil with monounsaturated fat. There is nothing unhealthy about this recipe and is completely guilt free.

      • says

        Thank you for this thoughtful comment! I actually didn’t see the original comment from Courtney; Courtney I’m sorry I didn’t respond sooner. But Emily your response speaks better than I could have, thank you! I don’t yet have a nutritional tracker on my posts, although that’s something I would like to add in the future. Thank you both for visiting the site!

  7. says

    Hey, I hope you dont mind, I found this recipe on pinterest and I put it on my blog and linked it to this page for full recipe! :) Its perfect and the pics are ridiculously good!

  8. Laurie says

    Made the Salmon with Avocado Salsa tonight….. added cherry tomatoes to the salsa and served over cauliflower rice! It was delish! Will definitely make again. thanks

      • Angela Freeman says

        My daughter discovered your recipe on Pinterest & has asked me to make for her “21st birthday/going away” get together we’re having tomorrow. (She’s joining her husband in TX who’s newly entered into the Air Force.) Just wanted to let you know out of all the many, many, MANY recipe ideas she looked over, your salmon was “hands down” the one she wanted! Way to go for coming up with something so phenomenal using the best of ingredients! I’m sure it will turn out terrific! I’ll definitely be bookmarking your blog site for future reference. Thanks so much!

  9. Michelle says

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I made it this evening and it was so simple and flavorful it will likely become a regular dish at our house. We served it up with a brown and wild rice blend and grilled yellow squash, zucchini, asparagus and portobello mushrooms.

  10. Kavitha says

    Made the Salmon with Avocado Salsa sauce last night. It was yummy, light, and refreshing! Perfect summer meal! And of course, easy to make. I think I put in too many onions because it overpowered the avocado, i’ll probably just leave them out next time or just sprinkle a few.

    Loved it, thanks!!

  11. Kelly Gorder says

    I made this tonight and we LOVED it! The flavor combinations were out of this world. I found myself slowing down with each bite just so I could savor the taste! Thank you for taking the time to post such beautiful pictures and a wonderful recipe! Delish and I can’t wait to check out the rest of your site!

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  13. says

    I love salmon, so this is a lovely recipe to me, the avocado salsa looks stunning as well. Can you recommend me some zucchini-based side-dish for this? If not, no problem, I was just curious. :) Thanks for the great recipe!

    • says

      You know, I still haven’t really cooked much with zucchini, but that would be a delicious side for this dish! If you find one you love, let me know. I really need to get a good recipe up like that! Thanks for stopping by, hope you love the recipe!

  14. says

    I’ve seen this on Pinterest so many times and have no idea why I’ve never made it! I’m in a recipe rut and this is just the thing I need to get out of it. Going to pick up some limes and an avocado after work and put this together. Thanks for the recipe and the gorgeous photos!

  15. Tiffany B says

    Hello! I just found this recipe…it looks great!
    I was curious if you leave the skin on…I didn’t think that you would considering that its being grilled..and second, have you ever done it on the stove? Our grill is out of commission currently and I would like to make this tomorrow. Thank you!

  16. says

    We just had this recipe for dinner tonight. It was so good, and we will be making this again! It was nice to find a very easy recipe, that was fast and healthy. Nice change from our same salmon recipe we ALWAYS make. Thanks for the wonderful addition to our regular recipes!

  17. Anne says

    I made this for dinner tonight and my family loved it. It’s my new favourite way to have salmon. Thanks for a wonderful recipe. :)

  18. Elodie says

    I can’ wait to try this recipe ! It looks very yummy

    Just a technical question : could you tell me which lense have you used for this pictures please ?
    I find them so beautiful.

    Thank you

    • says

      Aw thank you Elodie!! For this post I had my older camera, which was an Olympus E-PL5, I think I used a 40mm lens. I shoot with a Canon 6D now and most of my pictures are with a 100mm macro lens. The 6D is a full frame camera so the 100mm works well. Hope that helps!

  19. Allyna says

    The salmon recipe was a real hit. I put it in the oven for about an hour until the skin was really crunchy. I think the ancho peppers really did most of the work and brought a different type of kick in. Thank you for introducing me to it. The salid wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. It had just the right amount of lime and the flavors were perfect. It’s as if I was tasting summer! Thank you! I’ve already done this recipe twice!! :)

  20. Carly says

    Wow, that was AMAZING. I can’t wait to make it for guests next. Thank you so much ! My belly is very happy :)

  21. Becky says

    I really loved this Salmon! For some reason my avocado tasted of too much lime, but it was still delicious! I will make this again, but use less lime juice.

    • says

      Hmmm…that might just be personal preference, and it would work just as well with less lime if you like it better that way. SO glad you liked it and so appreciate you saying hi!

  22. Steph says

    I have never liked salmon, but have been trying to eat it since it’s so good for us. My husband and I made this today and it was delicious! I loved it and it will definitely have to become a regular meal.

  23. Rachel says

    Hey Beck, Betty says she’s moving into your home permanently even though she doesn’t cook. :) I just tried to print you wonder recipe for the grilled salmon and all that prints is the lovely photo and box with “Ingredients” and “Instructions”. Tried more than once with the same results. So I just wrote all the info on the copy. Just thought you might want to know. Problem could be mine. I’m just not techno good . Thanks for all your efforts put forth here. Give my nephew a big hug for me. :)

    • says

      Hey Rachel, yes something is wrong with my app that does the recipe cards. I have emailed them but haven’t heard back. I’m so sorry! I could email you the ingredients and instructions if you need me to!

  24. says

    Hi Becky,

    I just tried your salmon with avocado tonight for dinner and I am featuring it on my blog this week if you don’t mind (I publish on fridays you will be week 10 day 1 dinner) ! It was very delicious. I was skeptical about guacamole on top of salmon but it worked out wonderfully! I read your about page! You are adorable! You might find my blog interesting as well, I am in the same boat as you. I do not claim to be a great cook, I have had to learn out of necessity. I was diagnosed with a rare heart condition that does not allow me to exercise. I was a personal trainer before my diagnosis. So my blog is all about losing weight without diet or exercise, just proper nutrition with recipes like yours! Thank you so much for sharing.

    Glad to see you are doing so well with your blog!

    • says

      Aw thank you!! I would be honored for you to post it on your blog as well! Thanks so much for the sweet comments, I’m heading over to your blog now! Awesome that you have so much good info on it!

      • says

        Hi Becky,

        I posted your wonderful meal on Friday! Thank you again for letting me share! I am planning another one of your recipes for this week, I am looking forward to it! Sorry I posted to your Facebook as well.. I just wanted to make sure that you knew it was up, if you were interested in reading it. Hope you are having the most wonderful weekend! I will let you know how next weeks recipe turns out for me! http://www.fitlessflavor.com/week-10/ Dinner day 1


  25. Alexis says

    Made this for dinner last week…AMAZING. Then tried it with chicken, and it also tasted AMAZING. Making it again tonight. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Sooo yummy!

  26. Kate says

    We make this salmon at least once a month and we LOVE it. It’s a quick and easy weeknight meal, and I have the ingredients pretty much memorized. I mean… we even made it on our honeymoon!

  27. Beth Anne says

    I made this last night- it was my first time cooking salmon and it was AMAZING. I don’t have a grill so I just cooked it in a pan 4 minutes on each side (it was a pretty thick slice) and it was perfect.

  28. Anne Marie says

    Quite literally the best salmon I’ve ever had, and I love me some salmon!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe, definitely going in the cooking rotation!

  29. says

    I have made this salmon 3-4 times over the past month or two. It is quick, simple AND delicious! My significant other really enjoys the avocado salsa to go with the salmon. I am so glad I tried your recipe. I am looking through your recipe list to see what else you have in store. Thank you for sharing! :D

    • Ashley says

      Hey The Becky ,
      I absolutely love this recipe But I wonder if you know the nutrition that is in it like the protein , carbs , fat and calories ?


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