Blackened salmon is great in a sandwich with a spread of mashed avocado and low-fat mayonnaise plus peppery arugula leaves, cool tomato slices and zesty red onion. We grill our Cajun-style salmon so there is no need for any added cooking oil. Catfish makes an excellent stand-in for the salmon but you'll want to use a grill basket if you have one to keep the fish from breaking apart.

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Source: EatingWell Magazine, April/May 2006

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Recipe Summary

total:
25 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Oil grill rack (see Tip); preheat grill to high.

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  • Rub salmon on both sides with blackening (or Cajun) seasoning. Grill until cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side.

  • Mash avocado and mayonnaise in a small bowl.

  • To assemble sandwiches, spread some of the avocado mixture on each roll and top with salmon, arugula, tomato and onion.

Tips

Ingredient note: Wild-caught salmon from the Pacific (Alaska, California, Washington and Oregon) is considered the best choice for the environment. For more information, visit Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch (mbayaq.org/cr/seafoodwatch.asp).

Tips: To skin a salmon fillet, place salmon on a clean cutting board, skin side down. Starting at the tail end, slip the blade of a long, sharp knife between the fish flesh and the skin, holding the skin down firmly with your other hand. Gently push the blade along at a 30° angle, separating the fillet from the skin without cutting through either.

To oil a grill rack, oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.) When grilling delicate foods like tofu and fish, it is helpful to spray the food with cooking spray.

Fish on foil: Fish that flakes easily requires a delicate touch to flip on the grill. If you want to skip turning it over when grilling, measure a piece of foil large enough to hold the fish and coat it with cooking spray. Grill the fish on the foil (without turning) until it flakes easily and reaches an internal temperature of 145°F.

Nutrition Facts

416 calories; protein 31.2g 63% DV; carbohydrates 43.8g 14% DV; exchange other carbs 3; dietary fiber 6.1g 24% DV; sugars 5.2g; fat 15g 23% DV; saturated fat 2.8g 14% DV; cholesterol 54.9mg 18% DV; vitamin a iu 629.4IU 13% DV; vitamin c 12.4mg 21% DV; folate 65.9mcg 17% DV; calcium 64.8mg 7% DV; iron 1.1mg 6% DV; magnesium 53.7mg 19% DV; potassium 776.7mg 22% DV; sodium 743.6mg 30% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 13% DV; added sugar 3g.

Reviews (16)

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Rating: 4 stars
08/31/2014
Rating THIS recipe Please don't rate a recipe that you have altered just makes no sense at all. Anyway THIS recipe is very good. great flavor simple easy to make. That's it. Pros: Flavor healthy Cons: None Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2012
SO GOOD This is absolutely delicious and so so so easy to make. I used a cast iron grill on the stove and used another online poster's suggestion: I grilled the salmon for 2 minutes then flipped it (only once) grilled it for 2 more and put the whole pan into a preheated oven on broil for 4 minutes. Absolute perfection! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
Great for a weekend company meal and very filling. If using a grill pan toast the whole wheat rolls first and the grill pan is still clean to do the salmon. 'Ginny Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
This is a great quick after work meal. Really simple but a great combination of flavors. cathy Jericho VT Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
Excellent!!!!!!! Margaret Excellent!!!!!!! Margaret Scarborough ont ON Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
This is a tasty and easy recipe. I think you could use any rub you like and it would turn out great. My husband doesn't like cajun seasoning on fish as he think it makes it taste more fishy. But I would still use a spicy rub. Also added garlic and cilantro to the avocado sauce. Used baby lettuce instead o arugula since I don't like arugula. Perfect week night meal with some veggies on the side. I used whole wheat burger buns from Trader Joes and they were perfect with it. Cara Bellingham WA Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
YUMMY. I made this for my husband mother and father and we all loved it. I get bored of cooking salmon the same way so I tried this method and it was a success! Will make many times again! Stasi Lakewood CO Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
This has become my favorite sandwich of all time. Wonderful flavors. Larry Williamson Greenville SC Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
This was absolutely delicious and a nice change from regular grilled or broiled salmon. The only change we made was using regular mayo instead of reduced-fat but I seriously doubt that that made that big of a difference in taste. FL Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was great! The only change I made was using romaine lettuce instead of the aragula since I'm not much a fan. My dad added hot sauce to the avacodo spread commenting that it could use "more of a kick" but it's versatile enough to suit everyone's needs. Definately a keeper!:) Sarah MA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Excellent. One of my favorite salmon recipes. I made this several times and recommend this one as a keeper. Sometimes I substitute baby spinach for the arugula. A great weeknight meal or casual get together with friends. Michael Vancouver BC Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This is amazing...and you can do it inside on a cast iron grill pan if you want. I'm not crazy about salmon but my partner loves it...I actually made this for her but I liked it just as much! Beware though - it is MESSY to eat. Suzanne San Diego CA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was delicious. I don't like uncooked onions so I blanched them let them cool and mixed them into the avocado and mayo. Used regular lettuce and a 12 grain high fiber whole wheat bread. A crusty role probably would hold up better because it was very messy but it didn't matter because it tasted so good. My husband really enjoyed it too. He thought if was very flavorful. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Simple easy fresh healthy and delicious... loved it! What more could you ask for? In fact my 14 month old ate 1/4 of my fish! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This sandwich was absolutely delicious!! There was so much flavor from the salmon to the avacado mix to the plumb tomatoes!! MMM SOO DELICIOUS!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Wonderful recipe!! This is very easy to make and a great light sandwich for the summer. Probably will never make salmon any other way again. Read More