Thursday, July 26, 2012

Grilled Salmon, Zucchini, & Eggplant with Basil Balsamic Drizzle

This is a great summertime meal when you don't want to heat up your house by using the oven or the stove.  I used a huge fillet of fresh wild caught salmon from Whole Foods and marinated it in some fresh Italian herbs and spices from my garden. Meanwhile, I cut up some fresh veggies that I had on hand and whipped up a simple balsamic basil dressing to drizzle over the whole thing.  Throw your fish and veggies on the grill and you can have the entire summer meal ready in less than 30 minutes.  Fresh.  Simple.  Delicious.  Enjoy.

Simple summer meals are so satisfying (Try saying that 10 times fast)
Ingredients (Serves 4):
4-6oz fillets wild caught salmon (or whatever you have that looks good)
1/4c extra virgin olive oil
1 lemon, sliced
1 lemon, juiced
1tbs fresh rosemary, chopped
1tbs fresh basil, chopped
1tbs fresh minced garlic
1tsp Italian seasoning, dried (optional)
2 large zucchini, cut into long quarters
1 eggplant, but into 1/2"-1" slices (If you hate eggplant, sub in some summer squash, green onions, or asparagus...all are equally delicious)

Balsamic Drizzle:
1/4c extra virgin olive oil
1/4c balsamic vinegar
2tsp dijon mustard
1tbs fresh basil, chopped plus more for garnish
1tsp salt
1tsp lemon rind
1tsp minced garlic

1. Place salmon in a large resealable bag.  Whip up your marinade: 1/4c olive oil, lemon slices, lemon juice, rosemary, basil, garlic, italian seasoning, and 1tsp salt.  Place the marinade in the bag, seal, and toss to coat evenly.  Let marinate at room temperature for 20-30 minutes, turning the bag occasionally.
2. While your salmon is marinating, get everything else ready: Heat up your grill, toss your veggies in a generous amount of olive oil and sprinkle them with salt, and whisk together your balsamic drizzle.
3. Grill your veggies and fish until veggies are tender and beginning to char and your salmon is just done (maybe 3-5 minutes per side depending on the thickness of your fish).  We use a Grilling Grate over our grill to make sure that the fish doesn't fall through.  Sometimes we also use a Fish Basket or make a foil packet and throw that on the grill.  They all work great.  If you make a foil packet, just make sure there is some room at the top for the steam to gather and grill about 10 minutes.
4. When your fish and veggies are ready, serve a huge serving on a plate and drizzle with your balsamic dressing and top with some fresh basil.  Enjoy the tastes of summer!

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