Grilled Salmon with Avocado Chimichurri


A flavorful and delicious grilled salmon topped with a bright and irresistable Avocado Chimichurri. The perfect flavor combination!

Grilled Salmon with Avocado Chimichurri

Salmon is a go-to dinner dish at my house not only because it’s healthy and so delicious but also because it’s so quick and easy to prepare. Plus the flavoring and topping options are endless!

Grilled Salmon with Avocado Chimichurri


One of my favorite things to pair with salmon is creamy avocados and a generous spritz of bright, fresh citrus. Here you get not only both of those but also the delicious flavor addition of an herby chimichurri sauce! 

Grilled Salmon with Avocado Chimichurri

Why didn’t I think of this before?? Avocado chimichurri! Yes and YES! Tons of fresh herbs, a fair amount of garlic, some rich extra virgin olive oil, a zip of red wine vinegar and lemon juice, plus those lusciously creamy avocados. Oh this is good!

Grilled Salmon with Avocado Chimichurri

And this avocado chimichurri is not just for topping on salmon. Of course this would also be delicious on poultry or beef as well. But do try it with the salmon at least once.

And then you’ll be hooked and want to make it forever more. This is definitely a recipe I’ll be repeating!

Grilled Salmon with Avocado Chimichurri

And don’t judge before you try this – I know many of you that have made chimichurri will look at the water in the ingredients and go “say what?!”

There’s already plenty of fat and richness here between the salmon, avocado and olive oil so I just thought I’d tone it down a little, but I still wanted it to have that similar consistency to a traditional chimichurri. But if you can’t help it go with straight up olive oil only, no water.

Grilled Salmon with Avocado Chimichurri

But try it soon before summer is over, it’s such a refreshing and satisfying salmon dish that you can’t help but fall in love with!

Grilled Salmon with Avocado Chimichurri


Grilled Salmon with Avocado Chimichurri

5 from 2 votes

A flavorful and delicious grilled salmon topped with a bright and irresistable Avocado Chimichurri. The perfect flavor combination!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes
Servings: 4



  • 4 (6 oz.) skinless salmon fillets
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil, plus more for brushing grill
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin

Avocado Chimichurri

  • 1 small avocado, diced small
  • 1/4 cup finely minced fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbsp finely minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp minced red onion
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil*
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. Preheat a gas grill to 425 degrees. Brush both sides of salmon with the 1 Tbsp olive oil. Season both sides of salmon with salt, pepper and the cumin.

  2. Brush grill grates with oil, place salmon on grill and grill about 3 minutes per side, or to desired doneness. Serve salmon immediately topped with avocado chimichurri.

  3. For the chimichurri: 

  4. In a small mixing bowl toss together all chimichurri ingredients while seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. 

  5. *You can replace the 2 Tbsp water with 2 more Tbsp evoo if desired. I made this twice and liked that the water version wasn't so heavy. I just felt there was already enough fat and richness from the avocado and salmon that it didn't need more oil. Normally I would not add water to chimichurri. 

  6. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

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  • Natalie: I made this and it is AMAZING!!! Wanting to make it again and I was sad I didn’t have leftover of the chimmichuri – if I made a double batch…do you think it would freeze? I just worry about how avacado would do…Thoughts!? January 13, 2018 at 1:38pm Reply

  • Stewart Winograd: I made this tonight and it was great. Minor substitutions and omissions. Lime juice instead of lemon, skipped the oregano and water. Very tasty! December 23, 2017 at 11:42pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it Stewart! January 2, 2018 at 3:05pm Reply

  • Gw: Hi, what can I use instead of red wine vinegar? October 20, 2017 at 3:40pm Reply

  • Jacob: Thank God there are recipes that are delicious and healthy. Usually, when my girlfriend is keeping a diet, I suffer. Now, I will not! September 12, 2017 at 5:21pm Reply

  • Kelly Senyei @ Just a Taste: This salmon is calling my name! Can’t wait to try it! :) August 18, 2017 at 1:38pm Reply

  • Luna: This recipe is the perfect way to add some healthy fat into your diet! August 18, 2017 at 1:47am Reply

  • Paige Flamm: This looks amazing! I need this in my life!

    Paige August 17, 2017 at 4:15pm Reply

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