Recipes/ Seafood

Grilled Balsamic Salmon Kabobs

Summer is here and one of the things I love most about this season is grilling out!

I can’t wait to start having friends over to our place for impromptu barbecues this summer. Did I tell you guys that Adam is building us a kitchen table? Yep, my husband is a handy one all right. He’s modeling it after one he found on Ana White’s blog and I can’t wait till it’s done and not just because it’s taking over our living room. He also built us a headboard, a desk and shelves for my home office! I’ll have to show photos when I get everything set up.

I digress though. Let’s talk about this salmon!Β  One of our very favorite grilling recipes has always been this cedar plank salmon, but the other night I made the most incredible marinated kabobs with huge chunks of wild king salmon and fresh veggies…I think they now take first place! Seriously, these kabobs are the best dinner I’ve made in a long time. We’re already planning to re-make them this weekend!

So, I bought this balsamic vinegar in the French Riviera on our honeymoon and I am in LOVE with it {I’ll be posting about our time in the Riviera next week!}. The store it comes from, Olivier & Co, is my new happy place. From there, I also took home some amazing olive oil body and hand creme that I can’t get enough of. When Adam and I were there, the shop owner took us through our first balsamic vinegar tasting. Ooo la la! It was fab and we settled upon this sharp and syrupy vinegar to take home with us. And now I can’t stop putting it on anything and everything! It reminds me of the sea and the cobblestone streets in Antibes.

For these kabobs, I made an easy marinade with this vinegar {although you could use any vinegar that you have on hand!} along with fresh herbs from my new kitchen garden, fruity olive oil, garlic and whole grain mustard. Basically, it’s just a glorified vinaigrette. Easy peasy.

I let that brew sit on my salmon and veggies for an hour, then stuck everything on some skewers and handed them off to my husband, the grill master, to work his magic. He actually took most of the photos for this post! I didn’t mind a bit.

We enjoyed these kabobs alongside some of that Israeli couscous blend from Trader Joe’s. Have you seen it? It has tiny chickpeas and quinoa in it as well – I love it. I developed this recipe to serve two but we eat a lot…you might be able to stretch this a bit, or it could be easily doubled or tripled for a crowd. You’ll likely have left over marinade.

Grilled Balsamic Salmon Kabobs

serves 2 heartily

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1 lb wild king salmon

2 sprigs fresh rosemary, minced

2 sprigs fresh thyme, minced

1/2 cup olive oil

pinch of sea salt

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp whole grain mustard

1 tsp minced garlic

2 zucchini, sliced into 1/2″ coins

1 red bell pepper, large dice

1/2 large red onion, large dice


Chop salmon into 1 1/2″ cubes, removing skin and pin-bones if necessary. In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, rosemary, thyme, salt, mustard and garlic. Add the salmon and toss. Then, add the veggies and toss well so everything is covered with the marinade. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set in the fridge for 45 minutes. If your kabob sticks are wooden, soak in water.

Heat up your grill and rub oil on the grates so the kabobs don’t stick (made that mistake once and never will again!). After salmon and veggies have finished marinating, remove from fridge and place on kabob sticks.

Grill kabobs for about five minutes, until salmon is just done. Be careful, it’s easy to overcook the fish here. Stay close to the grill to make sure your salmon doesn’t dry out — it doesn’t take long!

Serve kabobs with couscous, quinoa or rice for an easy and delicious summer dinner!


~ 1 hour


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  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    June 20, 2013 at 3:46 am

    A balsamic vinegar tasting sounds so amazing! I love balsamic vinegar and could probably drink it πŸ™‚ I just love the flavor so much and I’m sure these kabobs are just packed with flavor! They would be my husband’s dream meal!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    June 20, 2013 at 4:21 am

    Oh my…. balsamic vinegar, cedar planks, salmon, and bbqs… all things that get me totally giddy! These sound delicious Jenna – I think I’m going to have to make them this weekend! Balsamic vinegar tasting is one of my favourite things to do, and there are a couple of locations near me that have heaps to choose from (flavoured olive oils too!). It’s an expensive habit to have since I usually walk away with at least 2 bottles of vinegar, but I drizzle it on things like it’s made of gold! πŸ™‚

  • Tieghan
    June 20, 2013 at 5:07 am

    Amazing!!! I love these so much! They sound amazing to me!

  • Amy Walters, A DESIGN DOCK
    June 20, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Mmm….salmon + bbq’s.
    Probably the two things I miss most about living at my parents. I haven’t had it in forever and now I’m completely craving it. This recipe sounds like the perfect patio fare. Happy grilling, Jenna!

  • Alisha @ Gluten Free Perspective
    June 20, 2013 at 5:21 am

    This looks really good– I’m going to make it next week for sure!! I’m obsessed with salmon lately. However, I always make the people behind the counter cut the skin off so I don’t have to!! I can’t do it. haha

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    June 20, 2013 at 5:23 am

    Do you think other salmon variety would hold up on a skewer as well? I just imagine fish falling off a skewer. :/

    • Rebecca Hoover
      June 23, 2013 at 9:28 am

      I made this last night and it came out fabulous. They didn’t have salmon steaks where I shopped so I used a fillet instead. No problem with it falling off the skewers, I did oil the grates as Jenna suggested. Everyone loved them! Wonderful, easy recipe, thanks Jenna!

  • brittany @ brittany cooks
    June 20, 2013 at 5:33 am

    That looks incredible! I can’t wait to see more of your honeymoon pics as well. It’s a dream of mine to go to France one day! πŸ™‚

  • Aimee from AL
    June 20, 2013 at 5:58 am

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! For attaching a link to Ana White (so awesome!). This site is EXACTLY what I have been looking for.

  • Barbara
    June 20, 2013 at 6:02 am

    Hi jenna,

    I am DYING over here on my computer because I havent been able to see you pictures or site for weeks! What is wrong? I dont think Ive changed any settings, but your site loads in a weird html format without headings or sidebars or graphics, and your picturesdont load at all! If ANYONE has any ideashow I can fix this, can you let me know? Your blog is one of my favorites. Thanks!

    • jenna
      June 20, 2013 at 10:56 am

      I have no idea! I just emailed my web dude to ask. I’m so sorry you’re having issues!

      • Barbara
        June 21, 2013 at 5:51 am

        Thanks! Let me know if you come up with any ideas!

        • Brittney
          June 21, 2013 at 2:57 pm

          Hi! I am having the same issue (for weeks). Thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Linda
    June 20, 2013 at 6:27 am

    Welcome back Jenna. I’m just curious. Are you now living in San Francisco or Santa Rosa? Love the post about Paris. I’m definitely planning a trip soon.

    • jenna
      June 20, 2013 at 10:55 am

      Sausalito, actually! I had been living in Santa Rosa for the past few years and just moved down … loving life so far by the bay! πŸ™‚

      • Gina
        June 23, 2013 at 9:16 pm

        Sausalito, how exciting! My boyfriend’s dad is on the Saus city council:) We are moving back to Marin from Seattle at some point next fall/winter…maybe I’ll run into you!

  • Lauren @ The Highlands Life
    June 20, 2013 at 6:36 am

    We have an olive oil and balsamic vinegar specialty shop in Louisville, KY. It’s so neat and interesting to see and taste all the unique flavors it can have.

    These look fantastic for a summer grill out night. I’ll have to put these in my menu soon.

  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    June 20, 2013 at 6:47 am

    These look great! I’m going to have to keep an eye out for the couscous, it sounds good too. I can’t wait to hear about your time in the French Riveris, swoon!

  • Luv What You Do
    June 20, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Oh I love salmon and never thought to try them in kabob form. What an awesome idea! And becuase my boyfriend, the grillmaster, is not as into salmon, he can have a different kabob!

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action
    June 20, 2013 at 7:29 am

    What a fantastic sounding dish!

    I love everything in it- salmon, balsamic vinegar and veggies. All BBQ’d so minimal dishes. I will definitely be making this ASAP!

  • Chand
    June 20, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Glad to hear your using wild king. Both my sons are fishermen out of Cordova AK and we love our Copper River Kings!

  • nora
    June 20, 2013 at 7:58 am

    That looks muy delicioso!!! Hope to see your wedding pictures soon if you will share them with us! I’ve read your blog since the very beginning…thank you for sharing your life with us!

    • jenna
      June 20, 2013 at 10:54 am

      I will definitely be sharing photos when I have them! πŸ™‚

      • nora
        June 23, 2013 at 2:23 pm


  • Steph
    June 20, 2013 at 8:21 am

    looks awesome. can’t wait to hear more about your wedding!

  • Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry
    June 20, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Anything with salmon in it is delicious to me! And this marinade sounds lovely.

  • Caroline L.
    June 20, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Ooh, this must be quite the recipe if it takes first place over the cedar plank salmon! Looks so delicious – craving it right now!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    June 20, 2013 at 8:47 am

    The two of you separately are so talented, together, super powers! Adams photography is magazine-worthy too!

    BTW never eat farmed salmon. To increase profits the salmon are changed at the DNA level so enormous ones grow quickly. Our food supply with this dangerously untested GMO Frankenfood is being changed at the level of Mother Nature. When people say, ‘But it’s tested by the FDA’ (or whatever). Umm, the head of the FDA was a Monsanto attorney.

    Fish farms have experienced large losses (100K+) of the DNA-changed fish into sea where they can breed and introduce giant new species into our delicately balanced natural system.

    Unlike chemical spills that can (appear) to eventually dissipate, changed DNA mutates, replicates itself. Monsanto is an evil company. GMO products (most everything packaged that isn’t organic) are dangerous. The 5 conglomerates that now own the food supply buy up trusted labels like Owella and then the uninformed public is putting those chemicals into their system in something akin self-selected genocide.

    As informed a consumer as I am it is even hard to keep up. All of those soft-swirl ‘healthy’ yogurt shops. Most of it is full of aspartame. Extremely unhealthy. I cringe when see little children eating it.

    What is also happening is that the food giant will sue for the right not to label (or whatever), lose in lower courts and then get to the Supreme Court and have rulings overturned by Clarence Thomas, their former attorney. Also a Farm Protection Bill rider recently passed gives the other Monsanto atty heading the FDA the right to overturn lower courts. And the uninformed consumers buying all this unhealthy stuff allows it to proliferate.

    Am so grateful my son lives in Europe were GMO is banned. Miss him. But rather he be healthy.

  • Rachel
    June 20, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I’m having a problem with the photos too – the site loads in old HTML mode, no formatting, and no images. Help!

    • jenna
      June 20, 2013 at 10:54 am

      That’s so strange and I apologize! I just sent this to my web dude..not sure what seems to be the issue!

  • Carol S
    June 20, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Hey! I couldn’t help but comment because my husband built me a farmhouse table from Ana’s page just this past weekend. I am in the process of sanding it and staining now but I already love it! Good luck!

  • Christa @ Edible Balance
    June 20, 2013 at 8:58 am

    looks delicious! It’s been so long since I’ve fired up a grill, summer just has not arrived yet here and I’m getting impatient!!

  • Kristin
    June 20, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Saw a similar recipe on Skinny Taste earlier this week. For some reason I have never considered salmon kabobs before but now you and skinnytaste have me intrigued. They look delicious!

  • erin @hooleywithaz
    June 20, 2013 at 11:02 am

    look at your multi-talented hubby….photography, carpentry AND grilling?? fabulous. my husband has a talent for the cooking himself, so i may need him to whip this dish up for me when we move to our new house with a patio to grill on!

  • Becky @ Olives n Wine
    June 20, 2013 at 11:07 am

    I LOVE the idea of salmon kabobs! The balsamic marinade makes this recipe that much better. I will totally be making this soon!

  • Kelly
    June 20, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Just found your blog and I’m loving it so far! I’m your newest follower and looking forward to reading more πŸ™‚


  • Dana
    June 20, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    These look amazing, Jenna!! I love anything grilled; especially fish and veggies!

  • Malkire
    June 20, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    oh my goodness this look amazing. I would never have thought to make salmon kebabs!

  • Meghan
    June 20, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Looks delicious!

  • Kristi
    June 20, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    I’m really liking the idea of making salmon kabobs, because I always seem to mess up when making a whole salmon fillet.

  • Nurse Frugal
    June 20, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    These look amazing! I never thought to barbeque Salmon, what a great idea for a beach day!!!

  • Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    June 20, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Congrats on marriage! I am dying for wedding photos when you get a chance.

  • Alison Bowling
    June 21, 2013 at 2:39 am

    This just made me incredibly hungry. I put these ingredients on my shopping list and if the weather behaves I’m really looking forward to braaing (BBQ) on Saturday.

  • Karen
    June 21, 2013 at 5:40 am

    Off topic Jenna, but I’m secretly longing for a “summer reading list” from you! I know your plate is full right now, but just know that some of us long readers -and those of us who only have an opportunity to engage in pleasure reading during these few short months – it wouldn’t truly feel like summer without a list of your must-reads! πŸ™‚ Big thanks!

    • Fancy
      June 21, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      I so agree with a new reading list! Actually, when things settle down and you have some time, if you could somehow group all of your book reviews in one place, that would be so helpful! I have read many amazing books based upon your recommendations πŸ™‚ And Congratulations Jenna, you were a stunning bride πŸ™‚

  • Morgan
    June 21, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Yum! Sounds delish

  • Jen Rodgers
    June 22, 2013 at 10:31 am

    This recipe looks amazing! Thanks for the tips. You can’t ever go wrong with kabobs. . . πŸ™‚

  • Em (Wine and Butter)
    June 22, 2013 at 11:38 am

    HI Jenna,

    I havent commented in forever as have been so crazy at work and had no blog time :(. So I didnt comment on any of your wedding stuff and I just wanted to say massive congratulations. You were utterly gorgeous and the whole ceremony looked just beautiful and perfect – exactly what I would expect! You have always been so sweet in replying to any of my emails that I felt almost like a bad friend when I realised I hadnt commented yet .. (although Im sure you had a good 5 billion other congratulations so I doubt it was specifically missed :).

    Anyway – I just wanted to formally wish you and Adam all the best together (not that you’ll need it of course!!). Cant wait to read all about the rest of the adventures and continue sharing in your lovely life.

    Love, EM xox

    • Em (Wine and Butter)
      June 22, 2013 at 11:43 am

      After just reading through the other comments I wanted to echo the special request comment – is there any way you could do a round up of your favourite EVER recipes on this blog ??? you have so many now that I’d love to know your absolute total faves – mine so far are the white chicken chilli, the babaganoush soup and the gnocchi and goats cheese! πŸ™‚

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    June 23, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    This recipe looks amazing! I am totally going to try it tomorrow…if it ever stops raining here in Michigan. πŸ™‚ Congrats on your wedding as well.

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    These look so good, and I don’t even like salmon. Might have to try it out one more time with this recipe. Maybe it will convert me???

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    June 28, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    SO I am usually a silent observer when it comes to blogs – I read a TON of them but I never comment. But I just HAD to comment because I discovered Oliviers & Co on my trip to Paris last year (Rue Mouffetard location). I am obsessed w/ their balsamic, and I also love the lime olive oil mixed w/ their mango vinegar on a nice summer salad. Seeing your post took me back to my incredible trip to Paris, so thank you! Warm/happy feeling right now πŸ™‚

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    Made these this past weekend when we were camping. Big Hit!! My husband asked me to save this recipe to make again, and again!

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    August 15, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Amazing recipe ! simply loved it.
    I made these kabobs on Kabobeque BBQ Grills.

    Came out very soft, juicy and flavorful

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  • Kevie
    April 10, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    My husband and I grilled these tonight as our first meal on the grill for 2014. They definitely did not disappoint! Very flavorful. I was surprised by the red onion in the recipe, but I LOOOVED it on the grill! Thank you for sharing, and good luck as Baby B is arriving soon.