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Grilled Trout with California Avocado Watermelon Slaw and Green Goddess Dressing

Total time:

70 min

Prep time:

55 min

Cook time:

15 min

Nutritional Highlights (Per serving) See Full
540 Calories
34 g Fat
9 g Fiber
2280 mg Sodium
18 g 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

4 whole trout, cleaned, de-scaled, deboned and halved
Cooking spray, (for grilling)
2 tsp. sea salt
California Avocado Green Goddess Dressing (see make ahead recipe below)
California Avocado and Watermelon Slaw (see make ahead recipe below)


California Avocado Green Goddess Dressing Ingredients:

1 ripe, Fresh California Avocado, quartered, seeded and peeled
2 Tbsp. sour cream
1/2 lime, juiced and zested
2 Tbsp. basil leaves, chopped
2 Tbsp. parsley leaves, chopped
2 Tbsp. tarragon leaves, chopped
2 1/2 Tbsp. cilantro leaves, chopped
1 shallot, small, peeled and quartered
1 cornichon, or small sweet pickle, quartered
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. sea salt, or to taste


Pickled Watermelon Ingredients:

1 cup watermelon rinds or firm honeydew, skinned and sliced thinly
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
1/4 Fresno chile, sliced thinly
1 Tbsp. lime juice
1 tsp. fish sauce, or Worcestershire or soy sauce
1 Tbsp. water
1/2 Tbsp. rice vinegar
1/2 tsp. sugar


California Avocado Watemelon Slaw Ingredients:

1 firm-ripe, Fresh California Avocado, seeded, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup watermelon, diced
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.

Nutrition information per serving

Calories 540
Total Fat 34 g (Sat 6 g, Trans 0 g, Poly 4.5 g, Mono 19 g)
Cholesterol 200 mg
Sodium 2280 mg
Potassium 1556 mg
Total Carbohydrates 18 g
Dietary Fiber 9 g
Total Sugar 6 g
Protein 43 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.

About the author

Brad Cecchi is the Executive Chef 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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