March 6, 2014

Grilled Salmon and Pineapple with Guacamole

Trader Joe's is FINALLY open here in Denver!  Coloradoans have been awaiting this for years.  Denver is full of many "transplants" from other states (myself included).  We transplants came from states that had Trader Joe's, so it was a bummer not to have Trader Joe's in Colorado for so long.

I went opening day because I was so excited to finally have this awesome store in Colorado.  Trader Joe's has such unique, high-quality products at very affordable prices.  Seriously, when it came time to pay, I asked, "Is that really right?" because I was so surprised at how cheap it was.  I think they will do very well here in Colorado.  :)

While at Trader Joe's, I picked up their "Reduced Guilt Guacamole" which has the rich, refreshing taste of classic guacamole with less calories and fat.  This guacamole swaps out some of the extra avocados with Greek yogurt.  It has tomato chunks, red onion, cilantro, some jalapeƱo, garlic, and lime juice, and it tastes like the "normal" guac.

I used this guac and some canned pineapple to make a twist on Giada DeLaurentiis' grilled salmon and pineapple with avocado dressing.  I really like this dish because the pineapple replaces the starch, and having pineapple and avocado with salmon is so different.

Next time you're looking for a simple, yet impressive, weeknight dish, give this a try.

Grilled Salmon and Pineapple with Guacamole
Yields 4 servings

2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp. favorite all-purpose seasoning (I used Savory Spice Shop's Wash Park All-Purpose Seasoning)
Salt and pepper, to taste
4 (4-oz.) salmon fillets
1 can of pineapple, drained and blotted dry
Trader Joe's Reduced Guilt Guacamole, or guacamole of your choice

Place a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat or preheat the grill.  Brush the salmon with the olive oil, and season with seasoning.  Cook the salmon until barely cooked through and still pink, about 4 minutes per site.  Cook the pineapple until lightly charred, about 3-4 minutes.

Transfer pineapple to plates, and arrange a piece of salmon over the pineapple.  Spoon the desired amount of guacamole over the salmon.  Serve and enjoy!

Source: Inspired by Giada DeLaurentiis' Feel Good Food


  1. WOO congrats on getting TJ! Australia is still waiting :P
    Lovely fresh salmon and delicious pineapple!

    Choc Chip Uru

  2. I love Trader Joe's too. The only bad thing (if there is one at all) about them coming to Colorado is that this is where I did my treat shopping when I went to CA. Everyone was more than thrilled when I opened my bag and pulled out all those TJ treats! I love those little rice crackers, spicy hummus and those butter almond cookies. Now I'll have try that guacamole.

  3. You're brave to go on Opening Day. I waited until Saturday, mid day. Craziness. Thanks for the heads up on that guacamole. Being brand spanking new to TJ's, I've been 4 times and here's what I've found I love. Gorgonzola crackers, frozen bag of Kung Pao chicken, Cilantro dressing ... to name a few.

  4. You're brave to go opening day but after looking at this photo, looks like a good decision!

  5. I wouldn't mind taking on some that 'reduced guilt' from this dish- sign me up!! No Trader Joe's here in Australia yet, but when I'm back in San Diego, I'll definitely shop there!

  6. Congrat's on getting a TJ's - they are so convenient and cost effective!


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