American Heart Month and Lemon Dill Salmon with Cucumber Herb Sauce

The secret to cooking salmon is to use a delicious marinade, fresh herbs, spices, or a sauce, and to not overcook it! I think you’ll love my Lemon Dill Salmon with Cucumber Herb Sauce recipe today, one of our family favorites!

Lemon Dill Salmon with Cucumber Herb Sauce

We are a salmon family–always have been, and always will be! Years ago, when our children’s friends would come for dinner, many learned to eat salmon at our house, which makes sense, since salmon is America’s favorite fish! In fact, we learned some of these kids would not eat salmon unless they were at our house!

Last week I made this Broccoli Salmon recipe, and there are a few other salmon recipes on my blog that you may love.

Lots of salmon recipes on RE.

My most popular recipe? Pistachio Lime-Baked Salmon – Sooooo good!

One-Sheet Cilantro-Parmesan Broccoli Baked Salmon

Cheesy Salmon Dip {use the leftovers!}

Grilled Lemon Dill Salmon

Black Bean Salmon Tostada Recipe

Easy Salmon with Barbecue Chips

{Leftover} Barbecue Salmon PotPie with Cheesy Crust

Easy Baked Salmon

Baked Salmon with Coconut Broth

Lemon Dill Salmon with Cucumber Herb Sauce.

Today’s recipe I started with fresh salmon, lemon, dill–prepared so easily.

Lemon Dill Salmon with Cucumber Herb Sauce

Lemon Dill Salmon with Cucumber Herb Sauce

Fresh herbs and lemon always make salmon so delicious!

Lemon Dill Salmon with Cucumber Herb Sauce

Lemon Dill Salmon with Cucumber Herb Sauce

Make sure you have the “sauce” made up ahead of time, to let the flavors steep!

Lemon Dill Salmon with Cucumber Herb Sauce

Serve the salmon hot, or cold!

Lemon Dill Salmon with Cucumber Herb Sauce

That’s what I love about this recipe. And again, the creamy sauce really “makes it.”

Lemon Dill Salmon with Cucumber Herb Sauce

Since The Salmon Council is teaming up with Rubbermaid this month, to help spread the heart-smart message, I went ahead and packed our leftovers for Abby’s school lunch—salmon, the sauce, potatoes, and a little salad, using their Lunchblox Salad Kit.

Lemon Dill Salmon with Cucumber Herb Sauce

This product is very cool–these modular containers snap together in multiple configurations and are perfectly portioned for favorite lunch foods, with handy measurements on the sides of each container, plus the snap-in Blue IceTM feature.

American Heart Month.

February is the perfect month to remind us just how important our hearts are to keeping our bodies healthy and happy. In fact, many Americans make impactful lifestyle changes, such as adding more servings of oh-so-important omega-3 fatty acids to their diets, during American Hearth Month.

My sister is a cardiology nurse and reminds me that heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming more than 800,000 lives each year.

-Not only is salmon filled with better-for-you omega-3 fatty acids, but it is also packed with protein and vitamin D, a highly nutritious combination that can help lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of dying of a heart attack by up to one-third.

-Despite this convincing evidence, the average American consumes only 3.5 ounces of fish or other seafood each week, which means most of us are not reaping the rewards of this powerful protein.

-According to the American Heart Association, one of the simplest preventive measures Americans can take to protect their heart health is to eat fish high in omega-3s, like heart-smart salmon, at least twice a week.

Since heart health starts in the kitchen, I’d really love to hear your thoughts on eating salmon!

Do you take “heart month” seriously, and what kind of salmon recipes you will be enjoying?

Lemon Dill Salmon with Cucumber Herb Sauce

Lemon Dill Salmon with Cucumber Herb Sauce
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Lemon Dill Salmon with Cucumber Herb Sauce

*To check whether salmon is done, press the back of a spatula onto the salmon to feel for firmness. If it feels spongy, it is not fully cooked.


  • 8 salmon steaks
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1/2 cup fresh dill chopped, divided
  • 1 lemon
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 3-4 green onions chopped


  • Cut the cucumber lengthwise and remove the inside seeds. Cut into smaller sections and add to a food processor with the yogurt, cilantro, green onions, and 1/4 cup dill. Puree until smooth, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight to allow the flavors to steep.
  • Lay the salmon fillets in a 9×13-inch baking dish. Drizzle the melted butter over the salmon. Squeeze the fresh lemon over the salmon. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup fresh chopped dill.
  • Cover the dish with foil and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees and bake the salmon, covered, for about 30 minutes. If the salmon is thin, bake for 20 minutes and then check for doneness (*using back of spatula technique).
  • Serve salmon with cucumber herb sauce on the side.

Other great Rubbermaid products I enjoy using in my kitchen:

Planning a party? Rubbermaid’s Party Platter is a lightweight two-in-one food container, designed for entertaining at home or taking a dish to a social event. The large, divided base keeps different types of food separated, while a smaller leak-proof inner container holds the dip and nests snuggly into the base.

Taking a protein drink to work or the gym with you? I also love the Rubbermaid Shaker Bottle with a mixing mechanism for mixing protein shakes and remixing juices or smoothies.

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This post is sponsored by the The Salmon Council and Rubbermaid products, but as always, all opinions are my own!

16 comments on “American Heart Month and Lemon Dill Salmon with Cucumber Herb Sauce”

  1. This salmon looks delicious. I love seeing salmon made with lemon and dill, the aromatics when they are both combined are amazing. Can’t wait to make this again. Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. I’m still learning to love fish but I feel like I would love this dish! It’s crazy packed with flavor and I love the freshness of dill.

  3. I’m not sure why, but I haven’t eaten salmon in awhile! Looks amazing…now I have to buy some this weekend! YUMM…

  4. We grew up eating salmon and it was always one of my favorites!! Love the fresh herbs.

  5. As a kid, whenever we were feeding a crowd at lunchtime, my mum would often roast a couple of fillets of salmon, then serve it cold the next day with a sauce similar to this and pickled cucumbers. This recipe takes me right back to those happy days!

  6. WHat a great salmon recipe and I can’t WAIT to try that sauce!

  7. What a beautiful recipe and I’m all in for salmon these days.

  8. This looks wonderful! I love the gorgeous combination of colors.

  9. Some of my very favorite flavors!! Love this beautiful healthy recipe Sandy!

  10. You have really inspired me to add a healthy dinner to this weeks menu! I am totally getting some salmon asap! (and making this recipe!)

  11. I love salmon, I am always searching for new ways to enjoy it! Thanks for this recipe and Happy Wednesday :)

  12. The salmon looks delicious! Do you use fresh salmon or frozen?
    I am confused whether to buy wild or farm raised. lots of mis-information out there.

  13. You are a wizard with salmon. I loved the salmon you made when I was fortunate enough to share your table. This looks so wonderful, friend!

  14. Thanx for another great salmon recipe. I buy it from Alaska at the end of the summer and can always use new recipes…..don’t want salmon to get boring.

  15. Oh yes.. overcooked salmon is the worst (in my opinion). We have a sous-vide and it’s been wonderful for making perfectly cooked salmon. Loving that cucumber herb sauce on top!

  16. Yum! Another great recipe. I love the idea of cucumber in the sauce. How fresh tasting. It also reminded me that often with salmon I’ll make a cucumber salsa to top it…just freshens things up.

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