Grilled Salmon, Mediterranean-style

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The flavors of the Mediterranean–fresh herbs, lemon, garlic and olives—give this recipe a delectable twist. Halibut, sea bass, swordfish or any other white fish make wonderful substitute for salmon, though salmon will give you the most heart-healthy benefits.

Salmon is a nutrition marvel. Other than being a source of high quality protein, salmon is most prized for its highomega-3 fatty acid content. The most beneficial type of omega-3 fat, eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA) are found in abundance in salmon and other fatty fish. EPA and DHA contribute to normal heart and brain function.

Ingredients

  • 2 5-ounce salmon fillets
  • 4 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 slices lemon
  • 4 green olives, chopped
  • Black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Prepare a hot fire in a charcoal grill or heat a gas grill. Lightly coat the grill rack with cooking spray and set it 4 to 6 inches from the heat source.
  2. Combine the basil, parsley, and garlic and lemon juice in a small bowl.
  3. Spray the salmon fillets with cooking spray. Sprinkle with black pepper and top each fillet with the basil-garlic mixture.
  4. Place the salmon herb-side down on the grill. Grill over high heat for 3 to 4 minutes or until the edges turn white.
  5. Turn the fish over and place on aluminum foil. Reduce the heat or move the fish to a cooler part of the grill. Cook for another 4 minutes or until the fish turns opaque all over.
  6. Remove salmon from the grill and serve on warmed plates. Garnish with green olives and lemon slices.
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