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This healthier grilled salmon Caesar salad is lightened up so you can have that fabulous Caesar taste without all the extra calories.

close-up of grilled salmon Caesar salad on a plate

There’s something about grilled salmon that I just love. My BBQ imparts it with a delicate smoky flavor that just feels like summer! If you oil the grate well, you don’t need to worry too much about it breaking up. I did another grilled salmon recipe not long ago… I just can’t get enough. The grilled salmon makes this salad satisfying.

I left croutons out of this recipe because it’s a lighter version, but feel free to add them if a Caesar just isn’t a Caesar without ’em. I get it. 🙂

We have all sorts of other goodness in here like finely shaved parmesan cheese and creamy avocado.

bowl of healthy grilled salmon Caesar salad beside a cloth napkin

To me, you really can’t do a Caesar justice without anchovies. In most cases, I use anchovy paste. It’s easier than opening up a tin of anchovies and not knowing what to do with the rest of them. I also sometimes use just Worcestershire sauce (it contains anchovies) when I don’t have anchovy paste or I just don’t feel like using it.

A tube can last in the fridge for about a year (check the expiration date if unsure). Don’t be afraid of anchovy paste! It can really perk up a dish. Start with a little, and if you feel you need a bit more of that umami flavor, add a little more at a time.

I always go a bit heavier on the anchovy that I write in my recipes on the blog, but I encourage you to experiment with what works for you. Rarely will a dish end up tasting fishy unless you majorly overdo it.

teal bowl with healthier grilled salmon Caesar salad

Hope you love this healthy Caesar salad recipe!

Questions? Ask me in the comments.

This healthier grilled salmon Caesar salad is lightened up so you can have that fabulous Caesar taste without all the extra calories.
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Healthy Grilled Salmon Caesar Salad

A lightened up grilled Caesar salad that makes the perfect summer meal!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Marinade time:: 30 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 1 head romaine lettuce torn
  • 1 pound fresh salmon
  • Parmesan cheese shaved or grated to taste
  • 1 avocado sliced


  • 3 tablespoons BBQ sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon


  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (I used 2%)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon anchovy paste (or to taste)
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Add the salmon pieces to a large Ziploc bag, and pour the marinade ingredients over top. Gently move the salmon around the bag to coat it in the mixture. Place bag in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the dressing by adding the dressing ingredients to a small bowl and whisking them together thoroughly. Adjust ingredients to you liking if needed (e.g. add more lemon juice, anchovy, or salt & pepper). Set aside until needed. 
  • Oil your grill's grate and preheat it to high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-high, and grill the salmon for about 5 minutes per side, or until it's cooked through. 
  • Toss the lettuce with the dressing and parmesan cheese. Using a fork, break up the salmon into bite-size pieces. Top the salad with the salmon and avocado. Serve immediately.  


  • I used a gas BBQ to grill the salmon. Please keep in mind every BBQ/grill/grill pan is different, and adjust cooking time accordingly. 
  • Serves 2-4.

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  1. Tom says:

    You neglected to include the avocado that you spoke about in the recipe. I’m assuming it’s just sliced and added to the salad

    1. Natasha says:

      Sorry about that! Just updated the recipe. Yes, you are correct. Hope you enjoy the recipe, Tom!

  2. Gretchen says:

    Yum! I NEED to make this!

    1. Natasha says:


  3. Katherine | Love In My Oven says:

    Natasha, this looks delicious. That salmon looks so perfect in there!! Like it was meant to be 😉

    1. Natasha says:

      Haha thank you, Katherine!! 😊💕

  4. Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen says:

    Grilled salmon and caesar salads are two favorites of mine Natasha! I love this lighter version combo! Can’t wait to try!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you!! It’s definitely something a little different yet it doesn’t stray too far from the classic. 😊