Grilled Salmon with Cherries

Grilled Salmon with Cherries

Sweet Northwest cherries are abundant right now, and this is one superfood that will be a constant in our refrigerator for the next few months. The Northwest Cherry Season is short, lasting from now until the end of August so be sure to take advantage of them while you can. Not only are cherries an irresistible summertime treat, but research suggests that they may reduce the risk or modify the severity of chronic diseases. Acting to lessen inflammation, cherries may be beneficial in combating arthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, blood pressure and cancer. Cherries are so nutritious as they are considered a good source of dietary potassium, important for reducing the risk for hypertension and stroke. Cherries are also a good source of vitamin C and fiber, and are a natural source of melatonin, a compound which helps regulate the body’s sleep cycle. Enough said? If you’re not sold yet, try this Grilled Salmon with Cherries recipe is one of my newest favorites for a light and healthy dinner. Serve with a side of sautéed spinach or kale and you’ll have an incredibly lovely and healthy meal!

Grilled Salmon with Cherries

Cook Time:

30 minutes

Prep Times:

15 minutes

Yield:

4 servings

Ingredients:

11/2 pounds wild caught salmon fillets
Kosher salt and pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 cups pitted Northwest fresh sweet cherries
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Preparation:

1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

2. Season salmon with kosher salt and pepper; drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice; set aside.

3. In large saucepan, combine all ingredients; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes or until mixture thickens, stirring frequently.

4. Grill salmon, skin side up on a lightly greased grill rack 6 to 8 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Serve cherry mixture over grilled salmon.

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