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Grilled Salmon with Basil Vinaigrette

This grilled salmon recipe is full of bright, fresh flavors — prepare it on a charcoal or pellet grill using Kingsford® Signature Flavors, Basil Sage Thyme briquets or pellets.

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Cooking for 4 people


  • 4 6 oz. fillets salmon


  • 1 small shallot, quartered
  • 2 cup tightly packed fresh basil leaves, steams removed (about 4 ounces), plus more for garnish
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 0.5 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 0.5 cup olive oil, plus 2 tbsp.
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice, plus more to taste
  • kosher salt and ground black pepper, to taste

1 Food Prep

First, add the dressing ingredients (except for the salt and pepper) into a high-speed blender. Puree until smooth. Then, season to taste with the kosher salt and ground black pepper. If a thinner consistency is desired, stir in water.

Next, brush the salmon fillets with the remaining 2 tbsp. of olive oil. Then season them generously with the kosher salt and ground black pepper.

2 Grill Prep

Fuel: Charcoal: We recommend Kingsford® Signature Flavors Briquets with Basil, Sage and Thyme

Pellets: We recommend Kingsford® Signature Flavors Pellets with Basil, Sage and Thyme

Amount: 1 lb.

Method: Direct-Heat Grilling

Temp: Charcoal: 400°F (Medium Heat) / Pellets: 400°F

3 The Cook

  • When you’re at temp, put cooking oil on a folded paper towel. Grab the oiled paper towel with long-handled tongs and oil the grate thoroughly.

  • Place on the grill, flesh side down and cook undisturbed for 4 minutes.

  • Gently flip and cook for another 3–4 minutes, until the salmon is cooked through but still pink inside, and reaches an internal temperature of 145°F on a digital meat thermometer.

  • Transfer to a platter and drizzle fillets with the vinaigrette. 

  • Garnish with fresh basil and serve immediately.

For safe meat preparation, reference the USDA website.

11 Reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy & Tasty Easy to make. Great for grill or in the oven. Tastes great. Moist.
Date published: 2023-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Delicious Very easy to prepare for an exotic yet simple and quick’ll impress the family and all your guests with this delicious recipe that anyone can prepare. It checks off all the boxes for health, taste, and looks.
Date published: 2023-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful texture You can't beat grilled salmon. Great texture and wonderful buttery flavor
Date published: 2023-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Flavor The salmon was amazing, but this "vinaigrette" (which I'd call more a creamy sauce, or dressing) is outstanding. I'll be using it in several dishes.
Date published: 2023-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome salmon and so easy to make Super tasty and simple ingredients for a great summer meal.
Date published: 2023-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Salmon I have some salmon filet and I was looking for a good recipe to prepare them. I have found that recipe.
Date published: 2023-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Recipe I love grilled salmon. The vinaigrette really complements the salmon.
Date published: 2023-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sooo goood! The cooking time for the salmon was spot on. The dressing was actually the highlight of the meal. I can’t believe how tasty the dressing was! I put double the amount on my salmon. I’ll definitely make this again.
Date published: 2023-06-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Grilled Salmon Easy and health to eat for family Nite dinner for on
Date published: 2023-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tasty and Simple With basil from my garden, this recipe was easy to prepare. A nice, clean tasting addition to salmon.
Date published: 2023-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Basil Vinaigrette was great! Our family loves salmon. We usually have a soy-free teriyaki marinade we put on salmon which is quite a bit different than basil vinaigrette dressing. The basil vinaigrette was placed on the salmon and a number of other things including veggies. It was wonderful, fresh and delicious. It was somewhat difficult to get the required 4 cups of basil leaves, but we believe it was worth it.
Date published: 2023-05-26
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