Smoked Whitefish Salad

Smoked Whitefish Salad

Smoked whitefish salad is a delicious and healthy dish to make in your Z-Grills pellet grill. It’s a great way to get your daily dose of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and other essential nutrients. The combination of applewood smoked whitefish with crisp vegetables is super satisfying, and the garlic-fueled dressing is the perfect finish.
Servings 4
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • Z Grills 450B Wood Pellet Grill
  • Z Grills Apple Wood Pellets
  • Grill Mat
  • Tongs
  • Whisk



  • 16 ounces cod, or other firm whitefish
  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • 6 ounces vine-ripened tomatoes
  • ½ small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce, or other lettuce of choice

Garlic Vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • ¼ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper


  • Preheat your Z-Grills (preferably with branded wood pellets) or other wood pellet grill to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Brush the cod with oil—season with salt, garlic powder, black pepper, and parsley.
  • Transfer to the grates (use a grill mat if you wish), close the lid and smoke the fish for 1 hour or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Add the tomatoes to a small baking sheet and place the baking sheet onto the grates during the last 40 minutes of smoke time.
  • Add the onion and lettuce to a large bowl. Whisk the vinaigrette ingredients together in a separate bowl.
  • Remove the cod and tomatoes from the grill and set aside to cool. Lightly dress the onion and lettuce with some of the vinaigrette in the meantime.
  • Break the cod into pieces and add to the onion and lettuce. Follow with the tomatoes.
  • Finish the smoked whitefish salad with the remaining dressing and serve.


If you have extra time, dry brine the fish. To dry brine, combine 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar with 3 tablespoons of kosher salt and generously coat the fish. Then refrigerate for 45 minutes to an hour, rinse off the brine, pat dry, and season the fish.
Calories: 200kcal
Cost: 20
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Salad, Seafood, Smoked

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