Salmon Salad

The best salmon salad recipe, loaded with dill celery and avocado. This makes enough for four people to have as a meal.

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This recipe for a salmon salad is all about fresh, delicious ingredients that perfectly compliment some cold poached salmon. A great way to ramp up the flavor of a great piece of salmon, this salad would be perfect as a lunch or as an appetizer for a fancy dinner.

Why not learn how to make your own Poached Salmon for this recipe? Or use this Salmon Salad to make a Salmon Salad Sandwich?

salmon salad on a bed of lettuce

Salmon Salad

Salmon salad combines perfectly cooked and flavored poached salmon with some fresh ingredients to make a healthy, filling, and intense fish salad.

As long as you use only the freshest ingredients possible, you should end up with a light salad that works perfectly as a midday meal or as a gentle appetizer to a meat course for a fancy dinner.

Make sure you don’t overseason this with too much salt, either; the main flavor of this salad should be the ingredients themselves, not to mention the salmon itself.

salmon salad ingredients

Salmon Salad Ingredients

Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.

• Salmon, poached and chilled

• Chopped onion

• Fresh dill

• Fresh celery

• Avocado

• Mayonnaise

• Mustard

• Lemon juice

 • Salt & pepper

How To Make Salmon Salad

• Break the salmon into large flakes, removing the skin and bones, and place in a bowl

• Add all of the remaining ingredients, mix well, and serve cold or at room temperature

mixing salmon salad in a bowl

What To Serve This Salmon Salad With?

This salmon salad should be fresh, bright, and rich in dietary fats, but some people might not find this enough for a big meal.

While this salad is all about providing dietary fats and protein, alongside some healthy veggies, you might consider bulking it out with some carbs.

Common choices would be things like croutons, crushed Ritz crackers, or even a slice of bread.

To make your own croutons, take any great bread that is just a little bit past its prime and chop it into cubes, and then toast the cubes either in a frying pan with plenty of olive oil or under a broiler in the oven until each side of browned and the cubes are totally dehydrated.

Once mixed with the salad and the dressing, they should taste extremely crunchy and enriched with all of the flavors of the salad ingredients.

salmon salad on a bed of lettuce with a fork

How Could You Really Improve The Intensity of Flavors In This Salmon Salad?

As there are so few ingredients to this salmon salad, the best way to really improve the flavor of your salad is to up the quality of those few ingredients.

For example, instead of using prepackaged mayonnaise and mustard, why not consider trying to make your own. Mustard is a little bit tricky to make from scratch, but making mayo at home just requires some eggs, oil, and some lemon juice, and, preferably, a stick blender.

Failing that, you can just work really hard to get only the very freshest product. Fresh, juicy lemons, freshly chopped dill from the garden, and celery and onions from the farmer’s market.

Finally, make sure to only get the really high-quality salmon for this recipe. Seeing as there are so few ingredients and the salmon is the real star of the salad, you want to make sure you get only the really great cuts of salmon, ideally from a fishmonger if you can find one.  

Looking for more delicious Fish recipes? Try these out:

Grilled Shrimp

Shrimp Salad

Salmon Loaf

Enjoy! This is a great low carb, loaded with healthy ingredients dish that you can customize to your personal liking!



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The best salmon salad recipe, loaded with dill celery and avocado. This makes enough for four people to have as a meal.

Salmon Salad

The best salmon salad recipe, loaded with dill celery and avocado. This makes enough for four people to have as a meal.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 2 lbs poached salmon chilled
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion white or yellow
  • 1/3 cup fresh dill chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup avocado
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise – just enough to make it creamy
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • fresh lemon juice to taste
  • salt and pepper
  • 12 cups lettuce pieces iceberg,,Romaine, etc


  • Break the cooked salmon into large flakes, removing any skin and bones and place in a bowl.
  • Add the remaining ingredients, mix well without breaking up the salmon too much, until it's fully combined.
  • Divide the lettuce between 4 plates.
  • Divide the salad between the plates and place on top of lettuce leaves for a salad or use in a sandwich if desired.

Recipe Notes

Make the poached salmon ahead of time to make this fast and easy!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 437kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 48g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 128mg, Sodium: 289mg, Potassium: 1596mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 1576IU, Vitamin C: 13mg, Calcium: 86mg, Iron: 3mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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  1. Steve says

    Great stuff…need to watch what I make because of health issues. ..this is a keeper5 stars

  2. Brian Buchan says

    Thank you Karlynn. Your site is one of best I like to follow. I am a single 75 year old veteran and your offerings are great for me, again, thank you. Brian

    • Karlynn Johnston says

      I’m so glad you enjoy it, and thank you for your service, Brian!

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