Grilled Salmon With Cucumber Salad


2 large cucumbers, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeds scraped out, then thinly sliced
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 medium red onion, thinly sliced
6 tablespoons sour cream
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dried dill
Ground black pepper
4 (5 ounce) salmon fillets
Olive oil


Place cucumbers in a colander and toss with salt; let stand until several tablespoons of liquid has drained, 30 to 45 minutes. Pat dry with paper towels and transfer to a medium bowl. Add onion, sour cream, vinegar, dill and a few grinds of pepper. Toss to coat. (Can be refrigerated several hours ahead.)

Meanwhile, heat gas grill, with all burners on high, until fully preheated, 10 to 15 minutes. Use a wire brush to clean grill rack, then brush lightly with oil. Close lid and let return to temperature. Brush salmon with oil and season with salt and pepper; grill until just opaque, about 3 minutes per side.

Set each warm or room-temperature salmon fillet on a plate; spoon cucumber salad over part of and alongside the fish.