Grilled Trout with California Avocado Watermelon Slaw and Green Goddess Dressing

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1h 10min

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34 g
Total Fat
9 g
Dietary Fiber
43 g
18 g
Total Carbs
 Grilled Trout with California Avocado Watermelon Slaw and Green Goddess Dressing

Get outside and fire up the grill! This grilled trout recipe takes full advantage of summer entertaining and the versatility of California Avocados. This dish provides a high potency of vitamin B3 with 16 mg or 100% DV (80% from the trout). Along with 86% DV protein, 32% DV dietary fiber and 35% DV potassium.


Serves: 4
  whole trout, cleaned, de-scaled, deboned and halved
    Cooking spray, (for grilling)
tsp.  sea salt
  As needed  California Avocado Green Goddess Dressing (see make ahead recipe below)
  As needed  California Avocado and Watermelon Slaw (see make ahead recipe below)
    California Avocado Green Goddess Dressing Ingredients:
  ripe, Fresh California Avocado, quartered, seeded and peeled
Tbsp.  sour cream
1/2    lime, juiced and zested
Tbsp.  basil leaves, chopped
Tbsp.  parsley leaves, chopped
Tbsp.  tarragon leaves, chopped
2 1/2  Tbsp.  cilantro leaves, chopped
  shallot, small, peeled and quartered
  cornichon, or small sweet pickle, quartered
Tbsp.  extra virgin olive oil
1/2  tsp.  sea salt, or to taste
    Pickled Watermelon Ingredients:
cup  watermelon rinds or firm honeydew, skinned and sliced thinly
  clove garlic, peeled and minced
1/4    Fresno chile, sliced thinly
Tbsp.  lime juice
tsp.  fish sauce, or Worcestershire or soy sauce
Tbsp.  water
1/2  Tbsp.  rice vinegar
1/2  tsp.  sugar
    California Avocado Watemelon Slaw Ingredients:
  firm-ripe, Fresh California Avocado, seeded, peeled and sliced
1/2  cup  watermelon, diced
  As needed  Pickled Watermelon

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados


  1. Remove head and tail from each fish.
  2. Preheat charcoal grill for up to 20 minutes or turn gas grill on high.
  3. Season each trout with salt and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
  4. Spray the grill and each trout with cooking spray to avoid sticking.
  5. Place each trout on flesh side down for 3 minutes, then flip and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
  6. Repeat step 4 two additional times, 2 minutes on each side.
  7. To serve, plate the fish with the flesh side up, drizzle with California Avocado Green Goddess Dressing and the California Avocado Watermelon Slaw evenly.

California Avocado Green Goddess Dressing Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until completely smooth.
  2. Set aside until ready for serving.

Pickled Watermelon Instructions:

  1. Place watermelon rinds, garlic and chile in a bowl.
  2. Bring lime juice, fish sauce, water vinegar and sugar to a boil and pour over the watermelon mixture.
  3. Let cool and set aside until ready for serving.

California Avocado Watermelon Slaw Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, gently mix the sliced avocado, diced watermelon, and Pickled Watermelon. If you would like to loosen the slaw, more pickling liquid can be added.
  2. Set aside until ready for serving.

Serving Suggestion: Garnish with fresh cilantro and mint.

Beverage Pairing: Because trout has such a subtle flavor, the pickled watermelon brings out the fish’s natural taste. Go even further to enhance the dish with a hoppy IPA beer.

*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

Calories 540
Total Fat 34 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 6 g
Unsaturated Fat 19 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4.5 mg
Dietary Fiber 9 g
Protein 43 g
Total Carbs 18 g
Cholesterol 200 mg
Sodium 2280 mg
Potassium 1556 mg
Total Sugar 6 g

Vitamin A 132 mcg; Vitamin C 23 mg; Calcium 90 mg; Iron 2 mg; Vitamin D 0 mcg; Folate 125 mcg; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 1.3 g.

% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 15%; Vitamin C 25%; Calcium 6%; Iron 10%; Vitamin D 0%.

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Chef Brad Cecchi of Canon East

Brad Cecchi is the ExecutiveChef and Partner of Canon, a fine-dining destination in East Sacramento offering unexpected dishes in an unpretentious setting. Since opening its doors eighteen months ago, Canon has earned several accolades, including a 4-star review from the Sacramento Bee and coverage in national outlets, such as Travel & Leisure and Sunset Magazine.

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