PKD-Friendly Grilling: Salmon With Papaya-Mint Salsa

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Published on May 18, 2021 | Days are getting longer, temperatures are getting warmer. Spring is in full bloom. With this nicer weather, many of us are looking to spend more time outdoors, including for dinner. Nutrition is always top-of-mind when it comes to living with PKD—so what are some PKD-friendly grilling options? This recipe for grilled salmon with papaya-mint salsa from our cookbook, Cooking Well, is low in sodium and high in acid.

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  • 1/4 cup papaya, peeled and chopped

  • 1/4 cup yellow bell pepper, chopped

  • 1/4 cup green onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 tablespoon pimiento, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon rice wine or white vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated

  • 1 teaspoon jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

  • Vegetable oil cooking spray

  • 4 salmon steaks (4 ounces each) or fillets, about 1 to 1 1/4 inches thick

Cooking instructions

  1. For salsa, combine all ingredients except the salmon in a small bowl.
  2. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Lightly coat grill or broiler pan with cooking spray.
  4. Sprinkle both sides of salmon with pepper.
  5. Grill or broil for 5 minutes on each side or until done.
  6. Top each salmon steak with 1/4 cup salsa.

Cooking Well Serving Suggestion: Pair this PKD-friendly grilling recipe with whole-wheat couscous and a side salad or fruit dish.

Nutrition information (per serving)

Servings: 4 Serving size: 1 salmon steak

  • Calories: 195

  • Fat: 8.9 g

  • Carbohydrates: 3 g

  • Protein: 25 g

  • Dietary Fiber: 0.5 g

  • Calcium: 21 mg

  • Phosphorus: 345 mg

  • Sodium: 56 mg

  • Potassium: 533 mg


Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important to everyone living with PKD. Nutritional requirements can vary from person to person and change depending on kidney function. We hope you enjoy this recipe, but alter the ingredients to meet your specific dietary needs.

The PKD Foundation does not give medical advice. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with your physician or other healthcare professionals.

For more PKD-friendly recipes, check out our cookbook, Cooking Well. And don’t forget to join us tonight for our latest webinar focused on nutrition and PKD!


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