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A 25 minute simple Cedar Plank grilled smoked salmon for a gluten free and no carb summer dinner with fresh beets salad.

Cedar Plank Salmon with Beets Salad

Hello Friends!

Today is a simple smoked salmon dinner day with a summery fresh beets and romaine salad.

A lite and healthy seafood dinner like this one is on our weeknight menu... specially when we are in mood to eat grilled. No carbs, good Omega-3s and lean protein from fish, plus quick cooking time makes me look forward to week days when Salmon is on the menu. 

Just like you, I'm super busy over weekdays and plan most of my weeknight dinners over the weekend. We keep a few individually wrapped salmon fillets in freezer to have at-least one seafood/fish dinner in week.

The best thing about cooking salmon is - quick cooking time. All I need to make sure is a handy recipe say spice blend, or a zingy flavorful marinade to flavor the salmon... and putting dinner on table is never more than 15-20 minutes.

Cedar Plank Smoked Salmon with Lite Beets Salad |

Out of all of the Salmon recipes on the blog, this one is my special favorite. I have fascination for smoking own fish or meat at home and cedar plank makes this dream come true... without learning a lot about elaborate smoking techniques or buying special meat-smokers.

Small chopping board-size cedar planks are easily available wherever grilling equipment such grills, grilling-gear etc are sold. A single plank is good to grill a few batches of salmon. And flavor, or in real words "aroma" it gives to the cooking salmon is phenomenal. I add smoked paprika and cumin in the dry rub to enhance the flavors even more.

Dry Rubbed Salmon on a Cedar Plank ready to be grilled for a flavorful cedar aroma |

In summers, grilling salmon helps with one more thing: no fishy aroma in the kitchen. :) You know what I mean? I live in small apartment and whenever I cook salmon/fish indoor, specially in skillet on stove-top, whole apartment smells like seafood restaurant.. which is nice until we finish the dinner. :-) On the other hand, grilling the fish outdoor, on my husband's fav gas grill, keeps kitchen clean, and I only need to work 10 sweet minutes. Who wouldn't want that for weekday?! ;)

Actually, Vishal is mostly in-charge of outdoor grilling. I just prep, say pre-soak cedar planks in water, mix marinade or apply rub to salmon, and quickly make salad or rice while Vishal brings the smoked salmon from grill. In matter of minutes..... we are enjoying dinner. I call it a weekday-healthy-dinner-mission-accomplished!


Well, glad you asked! Honestly, Vishal is total lamb freak but will agree to eat Salmon if it is cooked properly and tastes good. :-0) gotcha! So, easy salmon or shrimp recipes not just help me honor my commitment to share easy meals with you... It also gives me opportunity to feed Vishal healthier lean-protein dinners. I call it killing-two-birds-with-one-stone a.k.a mission accomplished! 

Cedar Smoked Salmon with Lite Beets Salad for a healthy and quick summer grilled dinner |

There were days when I only made Fish Curry in seafood recipes.... and I used to get crazy when asked to make anything else using fish. I have learnt that trying something new may sound scary in the beginning... but it is not that hard after-all. Specially, anything which can help bring a healthier food on the dinner table is a challenge that I'm happy to work for.  Honestly, If I can cook fish, so can you. 

Now, I'm off to plan something interesting to share with you next week... until then stay healthy, cook more at home and do pin this Salmon recipe to try later! -Savita 

Salmon and lite salad always make a great healthy meal:

Cedar Plank Salmon with Beets Salad

Cedar Plank Salmon with Beets Salad
Total Time Prep Time Cook Time Cuisine American Category Difficulty Easy Yields 2-3 Servings (Serves: 2) Notes No. of servings depends on serving size.
Smart Swap Replace salad with potatoes or add brussels sprouts (same dressing) to make meal more substantial.


    Cedar Plank Dry Rubbed Salmon
  • 1 lbs Salmon (2-3 filets)
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Thyme (dried)
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • Fresh Beets Salad
  • 2 Beet Root (peeled, thin round sliced)
  • 1-2 Baby Romaine (or romaine hearts, cleaned and torn)
  • 1/2 Cherry Tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 Lemon (to get about 3 tbsp juice)
  • 1 tsp Mustard
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and Black Pepper (to taste)


  • 1. Set the grill to preheat. Soak cedar planks in water and set aside.
  • 2. In a bowl, mix all dried rub ingredients, then add a tbsp oil and mix to make paste (almost dry). Rub salmon fillets generously with rub covering all sides. Place on cedar planks.
  • 3. Transfer cedar planks with salmon on to grill (medium-low heat). Cover and smoke for 20 minutes or until salmon is firm to touch and passes flake test. (flakes when lifted with a knife).
  • 4. While salmon cooks, in a salad bowl whisk mustard, honey, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and black pepper until emulsified. Add in greens, beets, tomatoes and toss gently.
  • 5. To serve, fill each bowl with generous handful of beets salad and top with cedar smoked salmon. Serve and enjoy!

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  1. YUM! Love your recipes!!!

    thanks, Tiffany for so sweet words! I apprecite you stopping by!