Tuna salad is a classic crowd-pleaser and a must-do during the summer. It’s quick, easy, and healthy! But what if we told you salmon salad is just as good, or even better? Plus, opting for a fresh, sustainable, ocean-to-table version of this classic dish is way more healthy for you too.
First, salmon is a more nutritious and flavorful protein than tuna, packed full of amazing health benefits. Just read this article from Harvard’s School of Public Health about omega-3 fats and you’ll see why salmon offers the best nutrition! This fish is also exempt from the high levels of mercury and saturated fat that can be found in canned tuna.
Just like tuna salad, this dish is also meal-prep-friendly and perfect to eat on the go. Plus, you can get creative and make different meals out of just one recipe such as salmon salad sandwiches, lettuce wraps, and salmon cakes. The best thing about throwing this dish together is that you probably already have everything you need in your pantry!
Since we love salmon salad so much, today’s post is all about how to make his refreshing, healthy, and insanely delicious meal. So below we are sharing a quick and easy way for how to make a salmon salad like tuna salad just in time for your summer get-togethers!
How To Make Salmon Salad Like Tuna Salad
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It wouldn’t be a salmon salad without mayonnaise, right? This ingredient is just as important as canned salmon. It adds creaminess and freshness to the dish, pulling all other ingredients together. There are many mayonnaise options that can fit any dietary needs, so don’t worry if you have a gluten-free or dairy intolerant family member. Plus, you can make your own at home!
Celery is one of the most underrated vegetables out there. This green goodness adds a wonderful crunch to any meal and is anti-inflammatory and extra low in calories. It also goes well with pretty much anything, so it’s no surprise we included it in this salmon salad recipe.
4. Red Onion:
You could easily swap this ingredient for plain white onions, but red ones go the best with salmon salad. These are sharper and spicier, and you will find them in plenty of other summer salads.
5. Green Onions:
Green onions, also called scallions, are another underrated vegetable. These have a softer texture and milder flavor than red onions, offering a delightful contrast. Just add them raw to the salmon salad for added green goodness and a fresh touch!
6. Black Pepper:
This ingredient adds a distinct earthiness to the dish. It’s the fan-favorite peppercorn and goes really well with seafood. It’ll make your salmon salad pack a punch of flavor!
This herb will also contribute to the earthiness of the salad. Its flavor profile is somewhat bitter, which adds a welcomed contrast to the sweetness of the salmon and mayonnaise. It also makes any dish stand out when used as a garnish!
8. Lemon Juice:
A summer salad would never be the same without a hint of fresh lemon juice. This last ingredient is optional but recommended, as its acidity works perfectly for seasoning salmon salad.
Step 1: Prepare the salmon.
For the best flavor, we recommend grilling your salmon first. However, if you prefer to bake, boil, or fry your salmon that is fine too. You can see more ways to cook salmon at home HERE. No matter which method you choose, the most important thing is that once you have your salmon cooked, you'll want to chop it into small pieces similar to the way canned tuna looks in tuna salad. You can chop or simply shred your salmon with a fork.
Step 2: Chop the vegetables.
Wash the red onions, green onions, and celery. Then cut them into thin slices.
Step 3: Combine the ingredients.
Grab a large bowl and toss in all the ingredients. Then mix well until you have achieved your desired consistency. Feel free to add extra mayonnaise if you want the salmon salad to be more creamy.
Step 4: Serve in your preferred way.
That’s it, you made yourself some delicious salmon salad! Now it’s time to plate your meal. You can eat this salad as its own dish, with a few slices of bread, inside a lettuce wrap, on a bagel, or on top of crackers. The choice is yours! Keep in mind too, you can spice up your salmon salad any way you like. Add grapes, raisins, jalapeño, pickles, poached egg, truly anything you want to make it your own.
What is your favorite way to eat salmon salad?
Well, that was easy! This salmon salad recipe shouldn’t take you over 10 minutes to put together. Perfect for busy weekdays or last-minute meal prepping! Remember, you can take a look at our other blog posts to find more delicious salmon recipes. Also, be sure to check out our Instagram and Pinterest profiles for visual seafood inspiration. Good luck preparing this trouble-free salmon salad!