Grilled Salmon and Herb Tzatiki
There isn’t much better than a perfectly cooked, fresh piece of salmon. Rich and buttery, soft and warm, a little pink (coral?) in the center. I love it.
It’s really good for me and baby too. Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for my little mans brain and eye development throughout pregnancy, as well as during breastfeeding.
I’ve been really into researching ahead of time the types of foods I should be eating while nursing. I want to be sure to eat the necessary foods to keep my energy levels as high as possible (nursing can really drain you) but still stay healthy so I can lose some of this baby weight.
Anyway, I saw Giada make a similar tzatiki sauce and I’ve been drooling about putting it on top of salmon ever since.
It’s really easy and the richness from the Greek yogurt only brings out the buttery goodness of the salmon. You have to try it!
This time last year: Cucumber Mint Julep Jello Shots
Grilled Salmon and Tzatiki (adapted from Giada’s Green Goddess Tzatiki)
1 cup plain 2-percent fat Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/3 cup chopped fresh dill
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus extra for seasoning
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus extra for seasoning
1/2 an English hothouse cucumber, seeded (1 pound)
1. Combine the yogurt, mayonnaise, dill, chives, vinegar, salt and pepper in a food processor. Blend until the herbs are finely chopped and the sauce smooth. Scrape the sauce into a bowl.
2. Coarsely grate the cucumber using the large holes of a box grater onto a paper-towel-lined-plate; pat dry. Mix the cucumber into the tzatziki. Add salt and pepper to taste. The tzatziki can be made 4 hours ahead, covered and chilled, and stirred before serving.
3. Preheat grill for medium heat and brush or spoon on a small amount of olive oil and salt and pepper on salmon.
4. Place salmon on the preheated grill, cook salmon for 6 to 8 minutes per side, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork and removes from grill easily.
5. Serve warm, topped with a tablespoon on tzatiki.