Too Good: Grilled Swordfish Salad

One of the things I love about being on the coast of Maine is the easy access to fresh seafood….lobster, mussels, haddock, halibut, swordfish, tuna.  With the ready availability, I’m continually looking for new dishes to prepare. This one, Grilled Swordfish Salad with Blue Cheese/Bacon Dressing is a definite winner, suitable for an easy to fix dinner or to serve to guests.  This recipe serves 4 people.

Grilled Swordfish Salad

For the dressing:

 8 lean bacon strips (turkey bacon is fine)

2 cloves minced garlic

1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil or any nut oil

1/3 c. orange juice

1/2 t. salt

1/2 t. freshly ground pepper

1/2 c. crumbled blue cheese

Cook the bacon until crisp and drain on paper towels until cool.  Crumble cooled bacon.  Combine half with the garlic, oil, orange juice, salt, pepper and blue cheese.  Mix well and set aside.

For the salad:

1/2 c. walnuts

1 1/2 lbs. swordfish, 1″ thick

2 T. olive oil

juice of 1 lemon or lime

1/2 t. salt

8 c. torn salad greens

3 ripe tomatoes. cut into slices or wedges

Toast the walnuts in a 325 degree oven.  Cut the fish into long strips about 1/3″ thick. Rub the fish with olive oil, lemon or lime juice and salt.  Brush a preheated medium-hot grill rack with oil.  Place the fish on the rack and grill for about 2 minutes, until the strips just begin to flake.

Place the greens and tomatoes in a bowl, add the dressing and toss.  Divide the salad among dinner plates.  Top each serving with the grilled swordfish.  Sprinkle with the walnuts and the remaining bacon.  Serve and enjoy!

FYI:  I have grilled the swordfish steaks without cutting them into strips and then cutting them into equal pieces which are placed on the salad greens.  I don’t notice any difference in the flavor.  Served with crusty bread, this is a hearty and healthy meal.  For a dinner party, you might want to precede the salad with a cold avocado or cucumber soup.

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6 thoughts on “Too Good: Grilled Swordfish Salad

  1. one of my favorite meals is babin’s broiled halibut with lump crab in a lemon butter sauce. SO GOOD! there’s a book put out by the houston junior league called peacemeals (i can’t remember if it’s one or two words). it’s a fantastic cookbook. it’s got lots of pretty pictures, great recipes, meal plans/serving suggestions (like … if you’re going to cook this, serve this with it). oh, it’s wonderful. they’ve a recipe in there for halibut with meyer lemon sauce. i haven’t made it yet. it’s on my list of things to do. i’m not the best cook in the world, and preparing fish makes me a little wary … i made chicken cacciatore once. the cacciatore was fine. the chicken was not. :] anyway … if you’d not had something similar, you should try it. it really is wonderful!

    now. not too long ago, you left a comment on a picky post, n is for noise. you’d said you’d be helping care for three boys under the age of two? how’d that go?

    1. Jenn, so glad you dropped in. I have peace meals and, like you, love it….same is true of the other Junior League cookbooks. They are just full of good things to eat.
      As for the 3 little boys, the third one is here and I head to Houston Wednesday to lend a helping hand. I suspect it will be a little crazy!

  2. I am so envious of your proximity to fresh seafood. Your recipe is right up my alley.. Thanks for sharing! xo marlis

    1. It’s a good one, Marlis, and I suspect would be good with other fish, say salmon, as well.

  3. That looks so yummy! I’m always up for a good salad recipe that involves fish. Thanks for sharing! I’m new to blogging and love that there is a foodie community! If you have time, please check out my blog: And of course! Any advice would be great 🙂

  4. Hi Lulu, I came across your blog as I’m new to blogging myself and really like it. I’m from SE Asia but now live in England and really miss the seafood. Your pictures made me think of home! I’ve just started one of my own and if you have time/are interested, would love it if you could take a look too. mostly Chinese food with other thing thrown in.

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