grilled salmon greek pitas

This time of year, I pretty much refuse to turn on the oven except in very limited circumstances, so grilling is our favorite way to get dinner on the table! My husband is the grill guy, although I am learning. But the one thing we are both terrible at is fish. It sticks, it overcooks, it flakes apart and falls through the grates ... disaster! 

This recipe finds a creative way around the challenges of fish on the grill; you wrap it in a foil packet with onion and lemon to infuse bright flavors into the rich fish. It turns out moist, perfectly cooked, and delicious. You can adapt this technique for other kinds of fish or for a dinner-size entrée, as well.

Grilled Salmon Greek Pitas

Tuck grilled salmon, lettuce, and onion inside a pita, and pair with a yogurt dip for a refreshing summertime lunch.

Prep: 20 minutes     Grill: 12 to 14 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 (1-pound) fresh or frozen skinless salmon fillet
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 6 Greek pita flatbreads
  • 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup fresh cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 carton (5.3 to 6 oz.) plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh dill weed

Instructions:

PREP:

  1. THAW fish if frozen. Rinse and pat dry with paper towels. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  2. TEAR off an 18x18-inch sheet of Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil. Place onion in the center of the sheet. Top with salmon. Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with the salt and black pepper. Top with lemon slices. Bring up foil sides. Double-fold top and ends to seal packet, leaving room for heat circulation inside.
  3. STACK flatbreads separately; wrap tightly in heavy duty aluminum foil.

COOK:

  1. GRILL salmon packet over medium-high heat in covered grill 12 to 14 minutes or until fish begins to flake when tested with a fork and vegetables are tender.
  2. ADD the flatbread packet to the grill for the last 5 minutes of cooking to warm through, turning once. Remove all from grill.
  3. OPEN packets carefully by cutting along top folds with a sharp knife, allowing steam to escape. Then open top of foil. Discard lemon slices. Use two forks to pull the salmon apart into chunks.
  4. ASSEMBLE sandwiches by topping pita with the salmon, onions, lettuce, and tomatoes. Fold in half to serve. In a small bowl, mix together the yogurt, basil, and dill. Serve over pita sandwiches.

REYNOLDS KITCHENS TIP:

Celebrate the flavors of Greece with this delicious hand-held meal! Grilling the salmon in foil packets helps seal in all of the juices and infuses the fish with fresh lemon flavor -- and keeps it from drying out. Plus cleanup is a breeze!

Number of Servings: 6

Nutrition Facts (per serving) : 324 cal., 8 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 43 mg chol., 463 mg sodium, 38 g carb., 2 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 24 g pro.

Daily Values: 35% vit. A, 14% vit. C, 10% calcium, 14% iron

Moms, what's your favorite thing to grill for summer weeknight dinners?