Lemon Parmesan Salmon with Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salad.
Keeping it fresh, simple, and healthy today with this Lemon Parmesan Salmon with Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salad. Grilled salmon with spices, herbs, and parmesan, served over a summery corn salad made with tomatoes, avocado, chickpeas, feta cheese, and the most deliciously addicting lemon garlic yogurt. This meal is quick, easy, extra colorful, super flavorful, and so delicious. The perfect dinner to serve any night of the week.
Summer is all about throwing fresh food on the grill, tossing it together, and calling it dinner…
Enter in this all-in-one blackened salmon. It’s the summertime dish that’s fast, fresh, healthy, so pretty, and obviously…so delicious. I couldn’t be more excited to share this recipe today!
Again, this is another recipe I made before traveling to Costa Rica. And I’m already looking forward to making it as soon I return home, which sadly, is today! But, after 5 days away I must say, I’m ready to get back. Back to cooking, and back to some sense of normalcy. To say Costa Rica has been an adventure would be a bit of an understatement. I certainly have plenty of stories. Everything ranging from a robbery, to a wildlife sanctuary (complete with sloths and the cutest baby monkeys), to a mile long ocean zip line, to a beautiful day at the beach. And of course, many, many more crazy Gerard family stories in between. I could probably write a book on this vacation. But in an effort to keep this post on the shorter side I’ll save those stories for Sunday.
So let’s focus on this the salmon, because it’s so amazingly delicious.
Spicy, herby, lemony, garlicky, with a touch of parmesan, every bite melts in your mouth. I’m betting on this dish becoming your new go-to all summer long.
It’s covered in a flavorful blackened seasoning…a mix of some of my favorites. Plenty of garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper. I like to add flavor, but also be careful to still let the flavor of the salmon shine through. The garlic and smoky paprika are key here.
If you don’t have a grill, you can easily just roast or grill the salmon. Either option is going to be great!
I like to serve the salmon over a bed of garlicky yogurt, plus a delicious corn, tomato, and avocado salad. It’s basically a plate of in-season summer food, and it’s so very good.
The corn salad is simply chickpeas, grilled corn, cherry tomatoes, avocado, fresh herbs, olive oil, and salt. In my book, simple (but still GOOD) is the name of the game when it comes to summer recipes.
Add a little smear of tangy yogurt and your dinner is ready.
You could also add a side of grilled bread, steamed rice, smashed potatoes, or even a little pasta. Or just simply serve as is. The leftovers are great the following day for lunch and can be bulked up with additional greens.
This dish has become my personal go-to low-key dinner when serving friends or family. It’s also a great hearty recipe to incorporate into your weekly meal prep. Then enjoy delicious healthy dinner, or lunches throughout the week. I like to make this when I know I’m having an “off” week, with very little recipe testing and photographing.
The major beauty of this recipe is that you can make it almost entirely on the grill – no cooking needed.
Perfect for these hot July temperatures!
If you make this lemon parmesan salmon with corn, tomato, and avocado salad, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
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Lemon Parmesan Salmon
Grilled salmon with spices, herbs, and parmesan, served over a summery corn salad made with tomatoes, avocado, chickpeas, feta cheese, and the most delicious lemon garlic yogurt.
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- kosher salt and black pepper
- 4 (5-6 ounce) salmon fillets
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 4 cloves garlic, minced or grated
- zest of 1 lemon
- 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh chopped chives
- 1 pinch crushed red peppers flakes
- kosher salt and black pepper
- 1 can (14 ounce) chickpeas, drained
- 4 ears grilled or steamed corn, kernels removed from the cob
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 1 avocado, diced
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1-2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
- kosher salt
1. Place the salmon in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Add the paprika, garlic, lemon zest, crushed red pepper flakes, parmesan, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil, rubbing the seasonings and oil evenly into flesh.
2. To make the yogurt sauce, combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until smooth.
3. Heat your grill, grill pan, or skillet to medium high heat. Place the salmon on the grill, skin side down. Cover and cook until skin is lightly charred, 4-5 minutes, carefully flip and grill another 3-4 minutes until opaque.
4. Meanwhile, add the basil, cilantro, olive oil, juice of 1 lemon, chives, and a pinch each of crushed red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper to a large serving bowl. Add the chickpeas, corn, tomatoes, feta, and avocado, toss to combine.
5. To serve, spread the yogurt sauce onto plates. Add the corn salad, then the salmon. Eat!
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Can you please give me a serving size and calories?
Hi Julie, this recipe will serve 4-6 people. The calories listed are for 4 people. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan
If I don’t do an outside grill – how do I cook it?? Your comment of “If you don’t have a grill, you can easily just roast or grill the salmon.” doesn’t address this for salmon novices.
Hey Sue! You can roast the salmon at 425 for 15-20 minutes or until it is cooked to your liking.
Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan
Amazing!! as Usual!! My daughter and I love your blog. We both own your cookbook and follow you everyday. Even my son in law loves following your recipes. I made this dish tonight and it was hands down over the top with fresh, yummy flavors. From the Salmon to the Salad…I didn’t want the flavors to end…Thank you for your creative endeavors in the kitchen…we soo appreciate your creativity and taste in healthful flavors…YUM!!!
Oh wow that is so amazing! I am so glad both of you have been enjoying my recipes and blog, Ellen! Thank you so much! xTieghan
This was one of th3 best recipes ever. The salmon was exceptional. I recommend this to everyone,
That is so amazing to hear! Thank you so much Jackie!! xTieghan
I have people that aren’t a fan of yogurt, what else could you suggest for the sauce? Thank you!! Love all your recipes!
Hi Alma! You can just omit the yogurt all together or you can use creamy tahini. It’s totally delish minus the yogurt or with tahini. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan
I made this last night for some very well-traveled and discerning guests and it was a huge hit! I thought the salmon was absolutely delicious and perhaps the only way I’ll ever make salmon again..mmmmm. The salad is so crisp and delicious and perfect for a really hot/humid summer dinner. Sadly, I DID screw up on the yogurt sauce because there were no small plain yogurts at my store (only a huge container – the remainder of which would have gone wasted) so I ended up grabbing a “lemon yogurt”. Didn’t work (which I knew in my heart – but I was blindly optimistic). I will be making this again soon (with the correct sauce!)
That is so great! I am really glad you loved this recipe, Lisa! Thank you so much! xTieghan
Perfect for our waaaayyy to hot out So Cal evening. For once the salmon is not dry. I can’t wait to make a salad out of it tomorrow with some spinach.
Ooo yum! Hope you love this salad, Rebecca! xTieghan
This looks very good! How much lemon juice is supposed to go in the corn salad? It is not listed under the corn salad ingredients.
I can’t believe how amazing that was!! So fresh and summer-y. My partner was talking about how he’s never enjoyed a salmon dish before but this blew his mind!! You continue to blow our minds, Tieghan!
Thank you so much Leila! So glad you loved this! xTieghan
I too loved this! So much flavor but still the salmon wasn’t lost. I was a little unsure about the yogurt base, my husband hates yogurt but he loved this!
I too am wondering how much lemon juice goes in the corn salad. It isn’t listed.
So glad you both loved this recipe Lesa! Thank you! xTieghan
Tried this last night and loved it. Your recipes are always wonderful
Thank you! I am so happy to hear that! xTieghan
I have made a lot of your recipes and this one is by far in my top 3?
So sweet! Thank you so much Charlotte! xTieghan
I made this for dinner tonight and we loved it! So fresh and delicious! I used 2 tablespoons lemon juice in the corn salad. The directions say to add lemon juice, but it’s not listed in the ingredients. You may want to check that out. 😉 Definitely a summer dish that we’ll repeat!
Yes I will! Thank you for letting me know! So glad you loved this Heather! xTieghan
This was incredible! The colors were beautiful and the flavors came together so well. Light but very filling. I will be making this again soon. Your recipes are quickly becoming my favorite. Thank you!
That is the best! When a dish feels filling but lighter and healthier! Thank you for trying this Mary, I am so glad you loved it!
Loved all of the fresh flavors in this one! The salad was so good and kept for a couple days. The yogurt sauce was cool and refreshing – loved
Sipping my salmon in it! I tried to make the salmon in my skillet and it was a fail. The skin stuck to the pan but the salmon itself I salvaged! I would make this again minus the smoky paprika. I just have a thing against strong
Smoky flavors but the lemon and Parmesan were so good! I keep coming back to your recipes & im never disappointed.
Thank you so much Fara! I am so happy to hear that this turned out amazing for you! xTieghan
Wow wow wow!! Eating right now for dinner and i have to say what a great summer night, cook outside, fresh meal!
Thank you so much Melissa! I am so glad you enjoyed this! xTieghan
I absolutely loved this recipe it turned out perfectly!! Actually, as good as the salmon was I love the salad as much or even more!! The salad is so addicting and has great flavors for summer great job!! Last week I was shopping looking at recipes in a Rachael Ray cookbook. As I was scrolling through recipes I came to the conclusion she’s got nothing on you. You are able to to elevate your recipes better then anyone I’ve seen. I work at a catering company and I’ve told my chef he should incorporate your recipes into our menu book. Keep up the great work you’re amazing!!
Hi Mike! I am really happy to hear that this turned out so well for you and you are enjoying my recipes! This comment was seriously so amazing to read! Thank you! xTieghan
Another fantastic recipe!! So delicious and easy. Summer on a plate! This is my new favorite salmon recipe!
Thank you so much Holly! I am so happy to hear that! xTieghan
That was delicious. Took a lot longer than predicted, but I wasn’t in a hurry. So worth the time!!
Thank you Taralyn! xTieghan
I just made this tonight. I regularly cook your recipes and they’re all amazing. I am trying to get my 13 year old boy to enjoy a variety of foods and he loves everything I make from your site. This one recipe in particular is superb. So fresh and flavorful.
Thank you Maria! xTieghan
Planning on making this for a dinner party…it looks amazing. Question…how much lemon juice in the corn salad?
Hey Sandra! You need the juice of 1 lemon, recipe is all fixed! So sorry about that. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan
We made this on a camping trip earlier this month and cooked over the open fire. Sooooo good.
Especially sitting outdoors on a beautiful summer night. The fresh grilled corn and salad went so well with the salmon. We were loving it.
How fun!! So glad this turned out so well over an open fire! YES! Thank you Stefanie! xTieghan
Made the salmon and it was a hit with the family! Thanks for another great recipe!
Thank you for trying it! So glad you all loved this Sarah! xTieghan
Awesome recipe. It’s wintertime but I needed a pop of something fresh and summery. Baked the salmon in the oven, used red onion in the salad and subbed sour cream for the yogurt. It turned out so good! Thanks for a new “keeper” for my meal rotation!
Hi Donna! I am so glad this turned out so well for you! Thank you for trying it!! xTieghan
i am not a salmon lover…at all. my parter is. This recipe has made our lives easier! the flavors and textures here are amazing and every time i make it i’m licking the plate…THAT GOOD. We often substitute steelhead trout (we live in the pacific NW) and like to mix up the veggies or whatever herbs we have on hand. Tonight i swapped asparagus for corn and parsley for cilantro. The crust on the salmon is AMAZING (thank you Parmesan!) and the yogurt adds the right amount of zip. Occasionally we toss in some quinoa too if we are feeling like we need a little grain action.
Do yourself a favor and make this…often. I know i will.
Wow sounds so amazing! I am so glad this recipe works so well for you guys, especially with substitutions! So happy to hear that! Thank you! xTieghan
This is my husband and my go-to salmon recipe- we make this ALL the time. I never even want to give any other salmon recipes a try anymore- ha! Thanks Tieghan!
Thank you so much Noelia! I am so glad this turned out so well for you! xTieghan
My husband made this tonight following the recipe exactly. So delicious and perfect for a warm evening out on the deck. Very straightforward but with a delicious melding of flavors. We will definitely make this again.
Thank you so much Alyssa! xTieghan
Our daughter made this tonight and it is better than a five star restaurant! Absolutely delicious!
Thank you so much Laura! xTieghan
I cooked it yesterday and my Family enjoyed your recipe absolutely…After receiving the praise from my family, I reveald the secret that this was not my idea, but your recipe…I love your recipes.
Aw I am so glad you do! I hope you and your family continue to enjoy them, Uwe! xTieghan
This was fabulous as written!!
Thank you Hillary! xTieghan
Made the lemon Parmesan salmon w/corn, tomato & avocado salad – so easy, fresh & delicious – really the perfect summer dinner. I added dill potatoes and a super chilled rose…..welcome summer!!
Thank you so much Sally! xTieghan
This looked incredible and still totally exceeded my expectations! Added some arugula and a yellow squash from the garden and drizzled with a homemade vegan jalapeño ranch since we had to skip the parm – divine and a perfect summery meal to kick off summer!!!
Amazing!! Thank you so much Amy! xTieghan
Just. So. Good. Like everything else from you I have made. Thank you! You have truly reinvigorated my joy from cooking.
Thank you Sara!! That is so amazing to hear! xTieghan
Best dinner ever!!! We only eat fish and make Salmon many many ways but this was over the top!! The salad as well.
Thank you so much!
Your Pop tarts for dessert!
So happy I found you!
Yes!! Sounds like the perfect dinner!! Thank you so much Alison! xTieghan
Hello from Brisbane Australia. I loved this recipe and just made two small changes. I rubbed the salmon with an organic Mexican spice rub and tossed the salad with a balsamic dressing. Apart from that I followed the recipe. We loved it and will definitely make again.
Our best wishes to our friends in the USA during this very trying time in the world.
Amazing! Thank you so much for trying this one, Lynne! xTieghan
Omg. Everything about this dish was delicious. Thank you for sharing your recipe!
Thank you Susie! I am really happy to hear that! xTieghan
This was great! Easy to prep ahead a bit so there’s not such a rush at dinnertime, and even my non-salmon-loving husband and kids liked it!
That is so amazing!! Thank you Jacqui! xTieghan
This is a beautiful, flavorful and easy meal (even if you end up putting it in the oven). When my daughters’ wedding had to be cancelled due to the pandemic, we decided to have a very small ceremony (10 total). We wanted an elegant, delicious easy meal to serve on the outdoor patio and this was it. Needed easy as I also officiated the ceremony 😊 It looks fancy and taste wonderful. Thank you!!
Aw that is so sweet! I am so glad this turned out so well for you all, Holly! Thank you! xTieghan
Hey! I decided to make this for our Father’s Day backyard gathering. When I first told my husband there would be a ‘salad’ involved, he looked at me like I was nuts…salad for Father’s Day? He obvi missed the salmon part. Low and behold, EVERYONE ate every. last. bite. This was soooo good. My mom asked me to bring the corn salad for our next backyard gathering. (We also had your grilled Brie with blackberry smash salsa as a starter…brilliant!)
Wow that is so amazing to hear!! I am so glad you loved this recipe, Linda! Thank you for trying it! xTieghan
This was really delicious. Thank you
Thank you so much Ann! xTieghan
This was amazing, had a dinner party lat evening and everyone couldn’t stop raving about it..even my husband who is a picky eater said, that’s a keeper..thank you for you delicious recipes
Thank you so much Sandy!! I am so happy to hear that! xTieghan
Love this dish! Would like to make this for our extended family but they are allergic to garbanzo beans. Any suggestions for a substitute? Thank you!
I would just use another bean that they do enjoy! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
Perfect summer dish – quick and delicious!
Thank you Nancy! I am really glad this turned out so well for you! xTieghan
This was delicious and easy! Subbed parsley for cilantro because that’s what I had in garden. Didn’t have feta but it was still fantastic. Will be making this again this summer!
Thank you so much Shelley! xTieghan
The “corn salad” portion is undersold from the title here! It is SO fresh and so yummy! And with the chickpeas, I could eat this salad as a lunch by itself. Will remake the whole thing but definitely the corn salad!
Love that! Thank you so much for trying this Ashley!! xTieghan
Ok, made this for dinner tonight and OMG!! What am AMAZING meal! There was so much depth and flavor!!! I wound up making it in a cast iron pan and was shocked i was able to flip the salmon without it falling to pieces 🙂
My 16 year old son devoured! Wish i wound of taken a picture because it was pretty with so much color! I added a little chopped jalapeno to the corn salad because it seemed like it would work and did! Thank you for a quick and delicious recipe!!
I am so happy this turned out so well for you Yvette!! Thank you so much for trying it! xTieghan
This looks delicious!! Personally, I’m not a fan of salmon but love white fish. Do you think it might work with tilapia or cod?
Yes I think either of those would be great options! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
This is a great recipe!! Definitely on the top of my rotation! The yogurt sauce is what makes it!! Thankyou!!
Thank you so much Ann! xTieghan
Made this last night! Delicious!
Thank you Amanda! I am really glad this turned out so well for you! xTieghan
Really good. My family are not very good at food without starch, so I made this into a warm salad with the addition of some orzo pasta. Will definitely make again!
Thank you so much Lesley! I am really happy to hear that! xTieghan
Do you think this would taste good with another type of white fish? Not a huge fan of salmon but this recipe sounds awesome!
Absolutely!! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan