Happy Mother’s Day! Cedar Plank Salmon with Strawberry Salsa

Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon with Strawberry Salsa is the perfect dinner for Mom this Mother’s Day!  There is something about this salmon that just seems so warm and comforting, and it’s full of love.  Summer is almost here… finally!  Get Dad out at the grill, and make this delicious and easy salmon recipe!


I’m not going to lie… this Mother’s Day is a little rough for me.  It falls on my grandmothers birthday, and reminds me more and more how much I miss her and her love for me and our family.  Although she would have never in a million years have salmon (pickiest woman I’ve ever met), she’d just be here with me, and that would have been more than enough.  Also, the end of kindergarten is coming, and it’s killing me.  Anthony is 6 now, and is getting HUGE.  Last night he had a 4 count chicken nugget meal from Chik-Fil-A with fries and chocolate milk for dinner, and was still hungry, so DJ had to get him another 3 count chicken strip… he ate two more.  So, needless to say he’s going through a growth spurt.  Kindergarten is almost done for the year, and wow… maybe this is the hardest part of it all.  I did good when he went to kindergarten, and I didn’t cry… too much, but the end of it is brutal.  It really feels like he’s a big boy now… I mean he’ll always be my baby, but shoot… first grade… what the hell happened to the past 6 years?  It feels like only yesterday that I started my blog, and he was still eating baby food… nowwwww he’s a little smartie pants!

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Lovin’ my blonde hair by the way…. Completely unrelated to salmon.  So back to the salmon.  If possibly, try to get fresh, wild-caught salmon.  A lot of the stuff we see in the stores is farmed, and well that’s just nasty stuff!  It’s hard to find fresh fish here in Colorado, and it usually costs a little more than anything else I have o my menus, but shoot… it’s Mother’s Day!  If you’re having a hard time finding fresh salmon, look for the frozen salmon.. Just let it fully thaw, and use paper towels to remove all extra water!



For Salmon:
cedar plank, soaked for 30 minutes – 2 hours
1 1/2 lbs salmon filet
3 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 lime, thinly sliced

For Strawberry Salsa:
2 cups strawberries, diced
2 tbsp diced jalapeno
1/2 shallot, diced
1 lime, juiced
2 tbsp cilantro
2 tsp salt


Heat one side of grill to medium-high heat.

In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Evenly spread over the flesh side of salmon. Top with sliced lime.

Place soaked cedar plank on side of the grill with the burners on, and “cook” for 3-4 minutes, until it gets a little smoky. Move plank to side of the grill without heat.

Place salmon, skin side down on plank. Close grill lid, and let cook 15 minutes.

Remove from heat and let rest.

Meanwhile, while salmon is cooking, make salsa.

Mix all ingredients, and set aside.

Top salmon with strawberry salsa and serve immediately.

Here’s the printable version of the recipe.

Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon with Strawberry Salsa

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