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Simple Grilled Salmon with Cucumber Dill Sauce

July 13, 2012

A few years ago I had dinner at a family friend’s house and she made delicious poached salmon with cucumber dill sauce.  It was creamy, light and refreshing so of course I asked for the recipe.  In the summer, I have Conrad grill some fresh salmon to serve with the sauce.  Along with a seasonal vegetable, it’s a delicious and satisfying summer meal.  It’s best served outside with a glass of wine and some citronella candles to keep the bugs away.

This is a great meal for a casual dinner with friends as well.  You can make the sauce earlier in the day and the salmon takes hardly any time at all.

Simple Grilled Salmon with Cucumber Dill Sauce
sauce serves 4, portion salmon according to number of people

Cucumber Dill Sauce
one English cucumber, peeled and seeds scooped out
one cup mayonnaise
one cup sour cream (or 1/2 cup plain yogurt and 1/2 cup sour cream)
juice from half a lemon, about one tablespoon
2/3 cup fresh minced dill
2-3 tablespoon minced scallions, white and light green parts
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
salt and freshly ground pepper

one salmon fillet, approximately 6 ounces per person
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Grate the cucumber and sprinkle with one teaspoon kosher salt. Drain in a strainer or colander while measuring the other ingredients into a small mixing bowl. Squeeze extra liquid out from the cucumber before adding to the other ingredients. Mix well and season with freshly ground black pepper. Add more salt if needed but remember the cucumber is already salted. Let sit for at least an hour so the flavors can meld.

Preheat grill to medium heat. Brush grates with vegetable or other neutral oil. Put salmon on grill, skin side down, and cover. Let grill until cooked through, about 10-15 minutes. Carefully remove fish onto a platter (and keep your fingers crossed it comes off in one piece). Serve immediately with Cucumber Dill Sauce on the side.

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