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This delicious and fresh salmon salad is a quick and easy recipe that can be served as a main course salad or as a sandwich filling. Ready to serve in less than 20 minutes, it’s made with fresh herbs and lemon for a vibrant dish.

salmon salad recipe

When the weather starts to get warmer, I’m all about the salads! I’ve been enjoying the salmon salad all week! It’s wonderfully fresh and herby and it’s super quick and easy to make. It’s ready to serve in only about 20 minutes.

Loaded with lots of fresh ingredients, it’s full of flavor and texture. It’s the salad you need to try this summer! If you love tuna salad, you will love this salad even more – so delicious and nutritious!

If you are enjoying lots of salads right now, be sure to try my Cobb, Chef’s and Greek salads!

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Salmon Salad Ingredients

You only need a handful of simple ingredients to make this yummy salmon salad recipe:

  • Salmon
  • Red Onion
  • Celery
  • Fresh Parsley and Dill
  • Mayonnaise
  • Lemon Juice and Zest
  • Salt and Pepper.
salmon salad ingredients

How To Make Salmon Salad

  1. Cook salmon in a skillet over medium-high heat until it starts to flake easily or reaches 140 F.
    • Or you may also bake it at 400 F for about 10-12 minutes or grill it on the grill.
  2. When the salmon is cooked, flake it with a fork and discard any skin.
  3. In a big bowl, combine the cooked salmon and the rest of the ingredients and mix everything.
  4. Season with salt and pepper. Serve warm or cold, or on a sandwich.
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What’s the best salmon to use?

I like to use skinless sockeye salmon fillets for this salmon salad recipe. Sockeye is a deep red in color. It’s fairly low in fat, but it still has enough for the natural flavors to be strong. You can use any salmon fillets you want, but check that it is sustainably sourced if you can.

Can you use canned salmon?

I prefer to use fresh salmon in this recipe for the best flavor, but if you are in a pinch, you can use canned. Drain the salmon, remove any bones, and then you can just flake it right into the bowl with the other ingredients to make a canned salmon salad. Perfect if you are really short on time.

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Tips for making Salmon Salad with Mayo

  • Make the salad dairy-free by using a vegan mayonnaise.
  • I used a homemade mayo in this recipe, but you can use any store-bought mayonnaise you prefer.
  • If not serving straight away, keep the salad covered in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • You can serve this salmon salad in a number of ways – on a sandwich, in a wrap, over quinoa or on cucumber slices/crackers.

How to serve this Recipe for Salmon Salad

This is a really delicious main course salad that can be served warm or cold. There are a number of ways you can serve this salmon salad.

  • On a slice of bread like a sandwich. This is probably my favorite way to serve it because it makes for a quick & easy lunch. It’s simply the best salmon salad sandwich recipe.
  • In lettuce wraps for a great low carb lunch
  • In tortilla wraps for a quick lunch on the go.
  • On cooked quinoa, rice or cauliflower rice for a healthy lunch bowl.
  • In avocado halves to make stuffed salmon salad avocados.
  • On cucumber slices or crackers for a healthy appetizer.
  • Add mashed avocado to make a delicious and filling salmon avocado salad.
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How to store Fresh Salmon Salad

If you plan on making this salad ahead of time, let it cool to room temperature and transfer it to an airtight container. It will keep well in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Can Salmon Salad be Frozen

Mayo doesn’t freeze well, and I don’t recommend freezing this salad. However, you could possibly mix all other ingredients and freeze them, and add the mayo after you thaw the salad. However, this salad is best when made fresh.

Salmon Salad Recipe FAQs

Why is salmon salad good for you?

Salmon salad is good for you because it’s packed with healthy nutrients. Salmon is full of omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for your heart and brain. It also gives you lots of protein to help your muscles grow and repair. The vegetables add fiber, vitamins, and minerals, making it a balanced meal that keeps you strong and healthy.

Is salmon better in the oven or pan?

Salmon can taste great whether you cook it in the oven or on the stovetop, but it’s all about what you prefer. Oven-cooking is convenient and yields a softer texture, ideal for larger fillets or group meals. Pan-searing gives a crispy skin and quick cooking, perfect for a flavorful crust. Both methods offer tasty and healthy option.

Should you cover salmon when baking?

When baking salmon, it’s best not to cover it. Not covering the salmon lets the heat move around it evenly. This helps the outside get crispy while keeping the inside tender and moist. This method helps enhance the flavors and textures of the salmon, making it a delicious and satisfying dish.

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Fresh Salmon Salad

This delicious and fresh salmon salad is a quick and easy recipe that can be served as a main course salad or as a sandwich filling. Ready to serve in less than 20 minutes, it's made with fresh herbs and lemon for a vibrant dish.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
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Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Cook salmon in a skillet over medium high heat until it starts to flake easily or reaches 140 F. (about 5-10 minutes depending on the thickness of your salmon). Or you may also bake it at 400 F for about 10-12 minutes. When the salmon is cooked, flake it with a fork and discard any skin.
  • In a big bowl, combine the cooked salmon and the rest of the ingredients and mix everything.
  • Season the salmon salad with salt and pepper.
  • Serve it warm or cold, or enjoy it on a sandwich.

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Notes

  • Make the salad dairy-free by using a vegan mayonnaise.
  • I used a homemade mayo in this recipe, but you can use any store-bought mayonnaise you prefer.
  • If not serving straight away, keep the salad covered in the fridge.
  • You can serve this salmon salad in a number of ways – on a sandwich, in a wrap, over quinoa or on cucumber slices/crackers.

Nutrition

Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 113mg | Potassium: 617mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 259IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
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Welcome to my kitchen! I am Neli Howard and the food blogger behind Delicious Meets Healthy. I started Delicious Meets Healthy in 2014 while working in public accounting. While everything I did at work was very analytical and detail oriented, I have enjoyed cooking because I get to use my creativity and experiment with flavors and textures of different foods.

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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorite salmon recipes for a nutritious lunch at work. I use avocado Mayo to add another healthy oil to the meal. I like to eat it with gluten free crackers. I’ve added dried dill for a flavor change. I like this recipe so much that I make it often and look for subtle changes. I finely chop the celery. My husband likes it with a little dill pickle relish.

  2. 5 stars
    I made it today. My family LOVED it from beginning to end. I did 50% more and we have pretty much 2 extra portions of left overs. I combined it with chicken broth base made Quinoa. It’s was a delicious and generous meal.

  3. 5 stars
    I had a big piece of leftover grilled salmon and used it for this recipe with fresh parsley and dill from my garden. Dee-lish!

  4. 5 stars
    Really delicious Recipe, although I substituted the celery for relish, used dry herbs, used a white onion instead of red, and added paprika to give it a kick! 🙂

    Although I should add that in your “tips” section that regular Mayo is already dairy-free. I’m lactose intolerant and can have regular Mayo. The only big thing with vegan Mayo is that it doesn’t use eggs; that’s what makes it vegan.

  5. 5 stars
    I cannot wait to make this tomorrow for lunch. It looks so delicious. I just made some homemade mayonnaise so the timing is great.

  6. 5 stars
    I have been buying salmon so often lately, so this recipe is perfect for me! Thank you so much for the recipe, bookmarked for when I get my next salmon order 🙂