Grilled Salmon with a Tequila-Infused Kick

When we think tequila we think margarita. We don’t ordinarily think of this Mexican spirit – made from the blue agave plant – as a pantry ingredient. But we’re changing our view after coming across this tequila-infused recipe for grilled salmon. It’s perfect for a warm summer evening – and you won’t need your stove. (Click here to see the recipe.) “In this rousing dish, bright citrus and classic seasonings do a hat dance with tequila around firm marinated salmon,” Jamie Purviance and Sandra S. McRae write in their fine book, Weber’s Big Book of Grilling (Chronicle Books, 2001).

The citrus is freshly squeezed orange juice, used in a marinade for the salmon. The marinade includes freshly chopped cilantro, minced jalapeno pepper, garlic, and cumin,

The salmon spends 30 to 45 minutes in the marinade before hitting the grill. The salmon is paired with a salad of mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, and cilantro.  It’s dressed with a combination of extra virgin olive oil, freshly squeezed lime juice, and chili powder. You could use one of our more robust oils – such as Arbosana or Miller’s Blend – to pair with this spicy dressing. (Click here to see the recipe.)

And, if you’re a tequila lover, you could mix up some margs to serve with the salmon!

Bon appétit,

Your friends at California Olive Ranch


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