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Memorial Day + Mediterranean Salmon Sliders {recipe}

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of dishing about Memorial Day nosh on Charlotte’s WBTV News at Noon show with host John Carter.

It’s FINALLY Memorial Day weekend. And since May is Mediterranean Diet Month, I offered tips on how you can amp up the taste and health benefits of your Memorial Day cookout fare with a few simple Mediterranean twists.

Here are three easy ways to makeover your Memorial Day dishes.

  1. Swap out red meat for seafood several times a week. A Mediterranean eating plan relies heavily on seafood for protein several times a week. Try grilling up these Honey-Garlic Shrimp Skewers I created for my other blog, Dish On Fish, for an easy appetizer or alongside salad or grilled veggies for a main dish.
  2. Focus on healthy fats. A Mediterranean-style diet is NOT low-fat by any means, but focuses instead of getting a healthy dose of heart-healthy unsaturated fats from foods like seafood, avocados, olives, olive oil, nuts and seeds. Try my Salmon-Avocado Sliders below, which are rich in monounsaturated fats from the avocado slices and those omega-3s that are so critical for eye, brain and heart health.
  3. Enjoy high-fiber carbohydrates like vegetables, fruits and whole grains.The Mediterranean diet is also rich in carbohydrates, just think high-fiber carbs that contain a lot of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Grilled veggies and whole grains, like my Mediterranean Grilled Vegetables & Farro Salad, make a perfect Memorial Day side combination.

Mediterranean Salmon Sliders {recipe}


  • ¼ cup onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1 (14-oz.) canned or pouched salmon, drained
  • ½-¾ cup whole wheat bread crumbs or panko
  • ¼ cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tsp. fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. prepared horseradish
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 4 whole wheat slider buns
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced


  1. Preheat sauté pan to medium heat. Add onion and red bell pepper in ½ Tbsp. olive oil until tender about 3-4 minutes; set aside to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine salmon with next 6 ingredients (through egg) and cooked onion and bell pepper; mix until well combined. Form salmon mixture into four patties, and refrigerate for 15-30 minutes. (You can skip this step, but the burgers hold together better if chilled.)
  3. Preheat sauté pan or grill to medium heat. Add remaining olive oil to pan or grill and then add salmon patties. Cook 4-5 minutes on each side, or until thoroughly cooked and golden brown. Assemble slider and distribute avocado slices evenly on salmon burgers. Makes 4 servings.

PLEASE SHARE: What are your favorite Mediterranean-style cookout dishes? Please share. I’d love to hear from you!

1 Comment
  1. Good receipes

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