Monday, May 26, 2014

Broiled Salmon with Avocado Tzatziki

Last week I bought some salmon filets for my husband to cook out on the grill. Well, I should have checked the weather, because that evening, it was pouring down rain. Instead of scrapping our plans and ordering pizza, I decided to use the broiler instead. Just like the grill, it was quick, and cleanup was a cinch (thanks to a foil-lined baking sheet). I topped the salmon with a squeeze of broiled lemon and a generous dollop of avocado tzatziki, which while probably inauthentic was quite delicious. The creamy and cool avocado, greek yogurt, and sour cream is incredibly flavorful thanks to the jalapeno, lemon, and cilantro, and the cucumber adds some nice crunch.  It's perfect with the salmon, but I bet it would also be great with grilled chicken, spread onto a sandwich, or even as a dip with pita wedges or pita chips. Enjoy!
Serves 4

~1.5 lb salmon, cut into 4 filets
1 avocado, peeled and diced
6 oz greek yogurt
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 - 1 jalapeno, seeded and roughly chopped
2 lemons, 1 zested and juiced, 1 halved
2 mini cucumbers, diced
1/4 - 1/2 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
salt and pepper
olive oil

Preheat the oven broiler to high.

In the bowl of a food processor, add avocado, greek yogurt, sour cream, jalapeno, and zest and juice of 1 lemon. Puree until smooth and completely blended, scraping down the sides of the bowl at least once if necessary. 

Scrape the avocado yogurt mixture into a bowl, and stir in diced cucumber, cilantro, and salt and pepper to taste. Chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Rub the salmon filets with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and place skin side down on a foil lined baking sheet. Rub two lemon halves with olive oil and place alongside the salmon on the baking sheet.

Place the baking sheet under the broiler for 4 minutes. Remove and flip the salmon skin side up using a spatula. Return the baking sheet to the broiler for another 5 minutes. 

Remove the baking sheet and return the salmon to skin side down. The fish should be flaky and done. Squeeze the broiled lemon over the filets, and serve topped with a dollop of the avocado tzatziki.

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