Grilled salmon in ciabatta

Here fresh salmon fillets are marinated, then lightly grilled and served in ciabatta rolls with mixed salad leaves and a basil mayonnaise, to create a very tempting and special lunch dish. Lightening the mayonnaise with yogurt reduces the fat without losing the creaminess.

Grilled salmon in ciabatta


  • juice of 1 lime
  • ¼ cup (15 g) chopped fresh basil
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 pieces skinless salmon fillets, about 85 g each
  • 2½ tablespoons low–fat natural yogurt
  • 2½ tablespoons mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  • 4 ciabatta rolls, about 75 g each
  • mixed salad leaves, such as rocket, oak leaf lettuce, baby spinach, silverbeet and lamb's lettuce, to serve


  1. Mix together the lime juice, 2 tablespoons of the basil, and salt and pepper to taste in a shallow, non–metallic dish.
  2. Add the salmon fillets and turn them in the mixture to coat well all over.
  3. Cover and leave to marinate in a cool place for 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, mix together the yogurt, mayonnaise, lime zest and remaining 1 tablespoon basil in a small bowl.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Cover and chill until required.
  7. Preheat the grill to moderate.
  8. Lift the salmon fillets out of the marinade and place in the foil–lined grill pan.
  9. Brush with a little of the marinade, then grill for 4–5 minutes on each side, or until the fish is just cooked and the flesh is beginning to flake, brushing again with the marinade after you have turned the fillets.
  10. Split the ciabatta rolls in half and spread the cut sides with the basil mayonnaise.
  11. Put a cooked salmon fillet on the bottom half of each roll and scatter over a few mixed salad leaves.
  12. Place the top half of each roll in place and serve immediately.

Serves 4
Preparation: 15 minutes, plus 30 minutes marinating
Cooking: 10 minutes


Light bites & lunches

Click here for more cookbooks...

More Recipes

Easy Peasy Chocolate Cake

Easy Peasy Chocolate Cake

Here's a no-fuss, yet impressive, cake for a special occasion. Serve with a generous dollop of cream or a spoonful of good ice-cream.
Double Chocolate Creams

Double Chocolate Creams

A delicious treat, chocolate is a great feel-good food.

Need To Lose Weight? Start With Butter In Your Coffee

Need Help To Lose Weight? Start With Butter In Your Coffee

It may sound strange - and downright disgusting - but wellness experts are singing the praises of this buttery beverage.

Quail eggs with asparagus and parmesan

Quail eggs with asparagus and parmesan

Make this lovely, warm salad in late spring with the new season's asparagus. The lightly steamed, bright green spears are topped with poached quail eggs, then finished with parmesan shavings and a crisp salad. Accompany with slices of baguette for an easy lunch.

Raspberry cranachan

Raspberry cranachan

This traditional Scottish dessert is quick and easy to put together, and the nutritious combination of cream, fromage frais, oats and fresh fruit makes a superb sweet course for a special occasion meal. The whisky not only adds a taste of Scotland, but gives a fantastic kick to the flavour.