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Salmon Salad Recipe

Salmon salad is healthy and delicious! This fresh salmon salad recipe is a great switch up from your tuna sandwich. Bake up some extra salmon at dinner time, then use the leftovers to create this easy salmon recipe for lunch the next day!

If you are following a keto diet, this is a great keto salmon recipe to try, it is naturally low carb and high in good fat!

white plate filled with lettuce tomato cucumbers topped with creamy salad salad with crackers


I’m slowly easing back into post-holiday life now that my kids are back in school. I hit the gym for a good hour-long cardio session this morning and am determined to drink a gazillion ounces of water today. I didn’t gain a million pounds over the holidays like I thought I would, but I did hit a level of feeling sluggish that I am not comfortable with, and I can attribute that to less sleep, less exercise and more of everything else if you know what I mean.


white plate filled with lettuce, tomato and cucumber topped with salmon salad and crackers on side


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Instead of tuna salad for lunch this week, I put together this healthy salad with leftover cooked salmon and a few simple ingredients I had in the fridge. I have been obsessed with salmon salad ever since I had it in Oregon a couple of months ago – it was one of the best salmon salad recipes I’ve ever tasted.

This salad is so delicious and a nice change from your average tuna sandwich. It’s a great low carb recipe filled with protein and healthy fats too.


bowl of salmon salad mixed with mayo and lemon pepper


I like to cook up extra salmon whenever I am making it for dinner so I can use the leftovers on salad, or in a salmon salad like this one. Cooking salmon is easy and takes no time at all. You can bake your salmon or broil it, I typically broil it when I just use a rub (like this salmon with sweet and spicy rub I make often).

How to cook salmon:

  1. Preheat your broiler.
  2. Place salmon filets on lightly greased aluminum foil lined broiler pan or baking sheet. Pat salmon filets dry with a paper towel, then sprinkle liberally with your favorite lemon pepper seasoning, salt and pepper. Drizzle a little olive oil over each salmon filet. Place under broiler and cook for 8-10 minutes or until salmon is turns lighter pink and flakes with a fork (cooking time for fish always depends on how thick your fish is). Set aside.

What do you put in salmon salad?

  • 1/2 lb cooked salmon, flaked
  • 1 heaping teaspoon light mayo (more if you like mayo)
  • squeeze of lemon
  • big pinch of salt and pepper (or lemon pepper if you prefer)
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped small
  • 1 tablespoon green onion, chopped

So good!


closeup of salmon salad


What else can you make with leftover cooked salmon besides salmon salad?

Try these Cajun Baked Salmon Cakes,  Salmon & Avocado Stuffed Lettuce Wraps or this Farfalle with Salmon, Lemon and Peas.


white plate filled with tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce topped with salmon salad



Salmon Salad Recipe

  • Author: Aggies Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Fish

This Salmon Salad is a nice change from your everyday tuna. Bake up extra salmon at dinnertime & use up the leftovers to create this protein packed salad!


  • 1/2 lb cooked salmon, flaked
  • 1 heaping teaspoon mayonnaise
  • squeeze of lemon
  • big pinch of salt and pepper (or lemon pepper if you prefer)
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped small
  • 1 tablespoon green onion, chopped


  1. Add your leftover flaked salmon to a bowl. Season well with salt, pepper (or lemon pepper), mayo and a splash of fresh squeezed lemon. Add chopped celery and green onion and combine well.
  2. Serve on whole grain bread or pita or over salad with crackers. Or just eat it on its own.

Love salmon? Check out my other salmon recipes:

Broiled Salmon with Sweet and Spicy Rub

Salmon and Veggie Stir Fry

Blackened Salmon with Citrus Salsa

Almond Crusted Honey Mandarin Salmon

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54 comments on “Salmon Salad Recipe”

  1. Totally agree about the meal planning. I need to get back in that groove!

  2. Love your weigh in Wednesday group with Kim! I am part of one every Friday morning and it really is great to have the support. It also keeps me from daily weighing which I think can drive people nuts. This salmon salad looks amazing!!

  3. I’m a meal planning maniac….I write everything down as well! I wish I liked salmon- this looks so pretty and healthy

    • I’m already working on next week. I think now that I have the notebook started, the meals and shopping for this week done, then I’m ahead of the game! I’m inspired by all you meal planners!!

  4. First of all, those pictures are gorgeous! Rockin’ skills GirlFriend. Second, I’m insanely jealous of your delicious meal plan…. but grateful you shared so I can totally copy it {and thank you for the links too}. Third, thanks for the sweet words about the group. It’s become such a great source of accountability & encouragement…. and I’m SO thrilled you’re a big part of it. Love you Girl!

  5. I’m using MyFitnessPal too – I love it! And this salad? YES PLEASE. Although I’d probably use Greek yogurt instead of mayo 😉

    • I was totally going to use Greek yogurt, but switched at the last second. Next time!!! I will look for you on MFP!

  6. I totally need to get back into meal planning too! And this salmon salad, love everything about it!

  7. Thanks for the link and pancake love! 🙂 I need to start meal planning again…

  8. I love tuna salad and this looks like a great alternative! Love your photos!

    Have a great rest of the week!

  9. I’m totally late with lunch today. This looks like it would fit the bill nicely.

  10. I really love this Aggie. Could probably eat it multiple times per week!

  11. Meal planning really does save the day!!!! The salad look like something I need right NOW!

  12. This salmon salad looks amazing. I love adding salmon in–adds great health benefits and help keep you feeling full!

  13. This simple salad looks so good. I’m trying really hard this year to get better at menu planning. I just ordered my Erin Condren planner so hopefully that will be a good start for me.

  14. You are so WITH it! Since the cold weather hit, my exercise has faltered badly. I just would rather be outside for exercise, and am not a cold weather exerciser! But a simple salmon salad…THAT I can do. Yum!

  15. The salmon salad looks great. Having salmon tomorrow night for dinner so will have leftover for this on Friday for lunch. This is all new to me but love the site.

  16. Meal planning is the way to go and I love how easy this salmon salad is.

  17. Aggie – I LOVE this – I just joined the group! I am back to Weight Watchers tomorrow and can’t wait 🙂

  18. My mom makes salmon salad and she has got me hooked. This looks like the perfect lunch!

  19. I’m up way too late, and I’m way to hungry to be reading food blogs. This looks amazing Aggie.

  20. I am so making this today! I made salmon last night, wish you posted this yesterday;)

  21. Your salmon salad looks really delicious. I love meal planning for the week, and, I admit I am quite anal about it LOL. I do it every weekend and stick to it pretty well. It helps a lot to keep from spending excess money at the grocery store and from eating out at the end of a long work day!

  22. Aggie, this looks amazing and just what I’d love for lunch!

  23. What a welcome change this sald would be from all the heavy food of the holiday season! I’ve never been good at meal planning, or any kind of long-term planning for that matter, but one of my goals for this year is to really try to make a weekly meal plan. Wish me luck!

  24. This salmon salad looks delicious. I never have leftovers of salmon, but I think I’ll have to try next time so I can make this.

    Please post an update of how you’re liking My Fitness Pal. I got so sick of typing in a recipe for every single meal (because, you know, you’re making different foods to blog about them) that I just gave up and left it to my ‘scan the package barcode’ friends since it works great for them.


  25. I love this!! I meal plan too, even though 99% of the time I never stick to what I plan haha!!

  26. Meal planning is one of my 2013 goals as well. I always create a plan but then I don’t stick with it! I need to find motivation after work during the week to focus on cooking 🙂

  27. I meal plan exactly the same way. I keep those slips of paper on my counter through the week and it’s fun to go back through the for inspiration when I’m short on ideas. Salmon is one of my fav things to eat and this is a great idea for leftovers!

  28. This looks simple and delicious! We never seem to have leftover salmon, so I’ll have to make sure I buy more next time we have it. I was really going to the gym today, but someone decided she wanted to stay home with strep instead. I will definitely see you next week though.

  29. This I have to make. I’ve been trying to incorporate as much salmon in our menu as possible.

  30. Even I have to try this out. Its so refreshingly healthy. Loved it.

  31. Yummy-yummy!! thanks for sharing this great recipe. Very simple yet seductive… hehe dunno know how describe this delicious dish…

  32. Mmmmm. Just MMMMMMM! That is the best looking salad I’ve seen all week.

  33. I love salmon but, don’t make it at home all that often… the family can’t stand the smell of fish cooking inside, so I leave it for the warmer months when I can use the grill. I hear you on feeling better once I get back to healthier habits! Already feeling a change in my overall outlook!

  34. I love salmon salad; this looks delish and I love putting it on crackers too! Such a fun recipe as an afternoon snack or lunch! Thanks Aggie. Have a great weekend!

  35. I’m trying to get back to meal planning too. I spend so much time on blogs and pinterest that it makes it hard to plan too far in advance. For example, I was planning on chicken and dumplings for dinner, but now I’ve seen this salmon salad and….well, you know how it goes.

    Thanks for linking them up to What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  36. This looks amazing. I love salmon. I will try this salad very soon. Please check out the food blog I have started Thanks!

  37. I desperately need to get back on making a weekly menu or I find myself eating what i’m not supposed to or order Chinese.
    I need to but more fish, it’s so good for us. thanks for the wonderful recipe Aggie

  38. ​The idea of a meal plan is great; particularly during the early part of the year; i think it gets hard not to say no to a takeaway in the cold! The salad itself is great and although I am not on a health kick I definitely think it would be great alone or accompanied with a main meat dish so this is definitely going to get a try in my home!

  39. It’s great to see that people have been preferring eating healthier food lately. And you’re right, there are too many recipes and not enough time for them. I have been looking for some salad recipes for a couple of days and I’ve realized that there are so many of them that you could eat salads everyday without having to use the same recipe twice. And it’s also good to see simple and tasty dishes that can be prepared in no time like this one. Thanks.

    • You are so right about eating a different kind of salad everyday! I appreciate you stopping by and commenting, hope you enjoy the salad!

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  43. Oh wow, this gorgeous meal just flew to the top of my own meal plan!

  44. Added relish and sliced black olives. Turned out great 

  45. This incredible Salmon Salad is easy to prepare, and SO delicious! Thanks for this recipe. Loved it <3 🙂