This Easy Smoked Salmon Salad is colorful, bursting with flavor and colors, and is the perfect no-cook side to any meal during the warmer months. The quick lemon dijon dressing brings this salad next level and is always a crowd pleaser!
For the longest time, I hated salads. I found them boring and lacking anything that really dazzled my taste buds. Eating salads felt more like a chore to be completed rather than a nourishing meal that I looked forward to fueling my body with. Turns out, I was eating all the wrong kinds of salads.
If you Google the word “salad” (yes, I totally did that), you get the definition of
“a cold dish of various mixtures of raw or cooked vegetables, usually seasoned with oil, vinegar, or other dressing and sometimes accompanied by meat, fish, or other ingredients.” That seemed like a pretty open-ended description of what you can pile onto your plate when creating a salad, so I banished the idea that a salad had to simply be a bed of lettuce with tomatoes, cucumbers, and other such stuff. I found myself starting to experiment with textures, flavors, and colors (we do eat with our eyes too, after all). I took note of which ingredients were more of an acid, which were a base, and how you needed both to create balance and incredible flavor in a truly wonderful salad. Suddenly, I found myself looking forward to a plate piled high with salad ingredients instead of seeing it as a “must-do of a healthy lifestyle.”
The best part about salads in my book is (other than getting oodles of raw fruits and veggies into one’s diet in a wonderfully delicious way) is that they are ridiculously easy and fast to throw together. Plus, you can make them to fit your taste preference. You don’t have to turn the oven on if you don’t want to. If you don’t like one ingredient, you can leave it out without it messing up your dinner… or add a different ingredient that you think would be fabulous in the mix.
Since reprogramming my brain to see salads as an endless possibility of flavor combinations, I have created some salads that I just can’t get enough of. This Summer Smoked Salmon Salad with Quick Dijon Lemon Dressing is, hands down, easily one of my favorite creations and a salad I make again and again. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and savory, while filling you up with healthy protein and nutrient dense plant goodness. It is the perfect salad to make for a picnic at the beach, a summer potluck with friends, or one an evening when it is simply too hot to dream of turning your oven on.
Kid-Friendly & Selective Eater Adaptations
- Deconstruct. As you are arranging the main salad, simply arrange the components of the salad on another plate separately. Children want to be able to see all the pieces of their meal and sometimes don’t like them touching. Simply separating the salad ingredients on a plate for those for those who feel iffy about the whole salad may entice them to try some new healthy foods.
- Add Familiar Ingredients. There is no right or wrong way to do a salad. Hate blueberries? Substitute or add raspberries or grapes! Not the biggest baby spinach fan? Romaine lettuce will be just as amazing. Make this recipe fit your family’s personal eating style and preferences!
Other amazing salad recipes to add to your dinner rotations
- Bacon & Herb Potato Salad
- Mashed Chickpea Salad
- Healthy Tuna Salad (with added veggies)
- Veggie-Loaded Spring Chicken Salad
- Easy Greek Quinoa Salad
Did you try this smoked salmon salad and now you’re hungry for more?
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Easy Smoked Salmon Salad with Quick Lemon Dijon Dressing
- 1 medium avocado pitted, peeled, and diced
- 4 ounces smoked salmon if needing Whole30, make sure if doesn't have added sugar
- 2 Persian cucumbers sliced or diced
- 4 cups loosely packed baby spinach
- 3/4 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/4 cup avocado oil or olive oil
- Juice of ½ a lemon
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a large bowl or on a large platter, combine the salad ingredients. You can gently toss to mix or arrange in whatever manner you like.
- In a small bowl or large measuring cup (this makes for easy pouring), combine the dressing ingredients. Use a fork or small, whisk the ingredients together.
- Pour dressing over salad right before serving and enjoy immediately.
The nutritional information is provided as an estimate only and may vary based on the product type, servings and other factors. If you are following a diet, please consult with a professional nutritionist or your doctor. Stay healthy!
This looks beautiful! Do you have any other clean protein suggestions? The salmon looks perfect but I prefer local animal products.
Where is the recipe for this? It looks amazing, but I’d like to know just how to make it, with proportions for the dressing and identifying other things like poppy seeds, etc. I subscribed but don’t see the directions or ingredients listed. Help, please!
Hi Chris! You can use the use the Jump to Recipe button at the top of the post to easily find the recipe. Also, this recipe doesn’t call for poppyseeds but that would so be a lovely addition to the dressing!