RECIPES // My “Throw Together a Dinner Party in a Few Hours” Recipe

I love to entertain. But I am not crazy about cooking dinner Monday through Friday because I get bored cooking the same “midweek dinners”. (And that usually always involves my bbq.) Part of the problem is when I ask Dave what he wants for dinner his answer is usually “Anything is fine”. Fortunately, this grilled salmon recipe is a favorite of both of ours.

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Since the meals at our house are WAY better when we entertain, Dave and I are often inviting people over for dinner at the last minute. My Butternut Squash Ravioli recipe is a great go-to option and you can find that recipe here on my blog. But my favorite “throw together a dinner party in a few hours” recipe is Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa. You can also cook this grilled salmon recipe the oven (instead of using your bbq) at 350 degrees for about 25 – 30 minutes and it tastes just as good. The recipe came from Tasty and I love that the video shows you exactly how easy this is to make.

I usually serve the grilled salmon with rice, grilled asparagus and a salad with greens, dried cranberries, mandarin oranges, gorgonzola cheese, and Paul Newman’s Lite Sesame Ginger Dressing.

Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa

Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • Salmon:
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 4 salmon fillets
  • Avocado Salsa:
  • 2 avocados
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt


In a large bowl, mix oil, salt, pepper, and paprika. Coat the salmon fillets with the marinade and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Grill the salmon on high heat for five minutes on each side. Or bake it in the oven at 350 degrees for thirty minutes.

In a separate bowl, lightly toss avocados, 1/4 red onion, the juice from one lime, 1 Tbsp. olive oil and salt to taste.

Spoon avocado salsa on top of the cooked salmon. Top with finely cut cilantro and enjoy!

Now I’m curious… what’s your go-to midweek meal?

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5 thoughts on “RECIPES // My “Throw Together a Dinner Party in a Few Hours” Recipe

  1. My go to midweek meal is tuna cakes more practical for two missionaries than crab! And definitely within our budget. Most things I make are from scratch. With the tuna cakes I add my homemade honey mustard dressing.

  2. Funny…my go to dinner party is grilled salmon as well! Except I do cheesy polenta, with fresh fruit salsa and asparagus as the side. 😁

  3. Everything looks so good. Salmon is one of my favorite meals. I’m going to look for that Paul Newman ginger dressing. Thanks for the meal planning ideas.

  4. Thank you so much for wonderful recipes! What I love about your website most of all is that you post not only great recipes and descriptions but also stunning photos of food! Have a nice day!

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