Rich, buttery salmon is a rock star when it comes to nutrition, and mid-summer is the time to really enjoy it.
Photo: John Autry
Salmon is one of the best sources of heart-healthy omega-3 fats. Even better, the unctuous flavor and meaty-fatty texture make it seem luxurious and indulgent, a real treat to eat. Its high fat content keeps it moist even when slightly overcooked—so it’s a perfect option for the intense heat of the grill. Mid-summer is the best time of year to find wild Pacific king salmon—the premier, largest, and most full-flavored species. Many fish return to fresh water to spawn beginning in May and continuing through July. Sockeye and coho salmon are also abundant during summer months and offer a milder flavor. If you’re concerned about sustainability, stick with wild Pacific salmon, especially Alaskan.