Grilled Salmon and Zucchini with Red Pepper Sauce

Recipe By Tessa Arias
August 14th, 2013

This Grilled Salmon and Zucchini with Red Pepper Sauce is fast, healthy, and bursting with flavor, making it the perfect weeknight meal!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook: 5 minutes

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Taste: The sauce is basically a Romesco sauce, which if you’ve ever tasted before you know it’s wonderfully fresh, slightly sweet, nutty, and tangy. I just love it paired with the rich and smokey grilled salmon and it perks up the fairly bland zucchini.
Texture: The fish is tender and slightly flaky, the zucchini if soft without being mushy, and the sauce is luscious.
Ease: Less than 30 minutes and very doable.
Appearance: So much bright color on this dish. I love it.
Pros: Quick, fresh, healthy, and flavorful.
Cons: None!
Would I make this again? Yes.

This Grilled Salmon and Zucchini with Red Pepper Sauce is fast, healthy, and bursting with flavor, making it the perfect weeknight meal!
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I love naps. As a kid, I HATED them. I would do just about anything to avoid taking them. I vaguely remember when we lived in San Diego when I was 4 and my mom putting me down for a nap and I would crawl out of bed and try to play with my toys as quietly as possible so everyone would think I was sleeping. Even at my day care they would sometimes assign someone to me to make sure I didn’t try to get up from my nap on those little cots.

Things have certainly changed. Come 2pm, I’m ready for a cat nap on the couch. I’m not an afternoon person. I can be very productive and motivated from the time I wake up to lunch time and then again later in the evening but from lunch to late afternoon I just want to relax. Do you take naps?

Another thing that has changed since I was a kid is my relationship with salmon. I used to despise the fish and now I love eating it. I honestly don’t know how things can change so drastically. I’m happy they did, though, because there’s so much you can do with salmon and it’s so good for you!

I had to take a big break from all the cookie baking I’ve been doing lately to make something fresh, savory, and light. This Grilled Salmon and Zucchini with Red Pepper Sauce fit the bill perfectly. It takes about a half hour and uses fresh summer ingredients for a healthy yet gourmet but totally weeknight friendly dish.

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How to make
Grilled Salmon and Zucchini with Red Pepper Sauce

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
This Grilled Salmon and Zucchini with Red Pepper Sauce is fast, healthy, and bursting with flavor, making it the perfect weeknight meal!


  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup chopped jarred roasted red peppers
  • 1/4 cup halved grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 4 wild-caught salmon fillets, skinned (1 1/4 pounds)
  • 2 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, for garnish


  1. Preheat the grill to medium.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor or blender, combine the almonds, peppers, tomatoes, garlic, 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, vinegar, paprika, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Pulse until smooth.
  3. Lightly brush the salmon fillets and zucchini with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Grill about 3 minutes per side or until the salmon is just cooked through and the zucchini is soft and browned.
  4. Chop the zucchini into 1/2-inch pieces and toss with half of the red pepper sauce. Divide the zucchini among 4 plates. Place a salmon fillet on each place and top with the remaining sauce. Garnish with parsley before serving.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Tieghan — August 14, 2013 at 4:54 am

    This is gorgeous, Tessa! I love roasted red pepper sauce and over salmon it sounds so good!

    Oh and I wish I was a nap person. I want to be, but every time I go to nap, I can’t. I just lay thinking about all the stuff I could make. LOL!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — August 14, 2013 at 9:41 am

    What a great dish! Love this red pepper sauce!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — August 14, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    This salmon dish looks amazing! I am always looking for new ways to squeeze salmon into our weeknight dinner rotation. It’s my favorite fish to eat. Yum!!

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs — August 15, 2013 at 1:03 am

    Roasted red pepper sauce and salmon are two favourites of mine. Add zucchini as well and you get like the tastiest dish ever, I love this recipe!! And the pictures are gorgeous!
    I hated naps too when I was a kid, and I still do haha 😉

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    Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper — August 18, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    This look incredibly tasty! I, too, despised naps when I was younger, now I can’t get enough of them!

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    Mary Bowmer — January 2, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    Typed in ingredients I had to hand & this recipe came up. Didn’t have peppers in a jar so did my own – otherwise, this would have been as quick as recipe states. Delicious, easy sauce which would go with any meat or fish & I’ll definitely add this to my repetoire of sauces for something different. Thanks Tessa. Oh, – and have always enjoyed a nap from about the age of 12!!!

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