Cedar-Planked Salmon with Tomato, Feta, and Herb Salad

Preparation & Cooking Time: 30 minutes | Grilling time: 15 to 20 minutes
Serves: 4


Recipe by Jamie Purviance

  • 1 whole salmon fillet (with skin), about 2 pounds and 1 inches thick, pin bones removed, cut into four portions
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 cups ripe cherry tomatoes (red and yellow), each cut into quarters
  • cup finely chopped fresh basil leaves
  • cup finely chopped fresh tarragon leaves
  • cup crumbled feta cheese


  1. Soak the cedar plank in water for at least 1 hour.

  2. Prepare the grill for direct and indirect cooking over medium heat (350 to 450F).

  3. Season the salmon portions evenly with 1 teaspoons salt and teaspoon pepper. Remove the soaked plank from the water and place it on the cooking grate overdirect medium heat. Close the lid. After 5 to 10 minutes, when the plank begins to smoke and char, turn it over. Place the salmon portions, skin side down, on top of the plank, and slide the plank overindirect medium heat. Cook, with the lid closed, until the salmon is just opaque in the center and the edges begin to brown slightly, 15 to 20 minutes. Meanwhile, make the salad.

  4. In a large serving bowl whisk the oil, shallot, vinegar, mustard, teaspoon salt, and teaspoon pepper to create a dressing. Add the tomatoes, basil, and tarragon. Mix well. Scatter the cheese on top.

  5. Transfer the plank with the salmon to a heatproof surface. Serve warm with the salad.