Salmon Salad

Isn’t it funny how many foods take us right back to our childhood?  Sometimes just the word itself, others just the smell will take you back to your childhood.  For me, one of those foods is tuna fish salad.  When I was a child, we would eat dinner every night at 5 o’clock.  The news was  on the television and we had to be quiet so that my father, who had worked all day, didn’t miss the news. As my mom did the dishes after dinner, it was my job to prepare my dad’s lunch for the next day.  Lunch for my father meant, making tuna fish salad and adding it to a long hoagie roll.   By preparing tuna fish, I mean open the can add mayo and we were good to do.  No veggies, no seasonings.  I enjoyed many a tuna fish sandwich in my youth and don’t get me wrong… there something to be said about a good tuna fish salad.  I still don’t know how my dad didn’t get bored with the same lunch every single day.

As I got older, I would sometimes add onions and tomato to my tuna fish salad in an attempt to jazz it up a tad. It’s funny how our tastes and palates change.  The thought of opening up a can of tuna just isn’t really appealing to me.  As much as it was a staple in our pantry growing up, these days, I crave fresh ingredients more often.

You all know how crazy I am about salmon.  We enjoy salmon at our home at least once a week and I always double the amount because I know it will make great reinvented leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day.  We love Teriyaki Salmon, YUM YUM Salmon, Salmon Quesadillas,  Salmon poached in wine and salmon salad.  Yep, in our house Salmon Salad has replaced Tuna Salad as a favorite.  I especially love it over fresh tomatoes.  You know, the ones that you pick up and they smell so good.  The smell of tomatoes is one of my favorite smells.  If you can get your handles on yellow tomatoes, you must try them.  They are a little less acidic and oh so sweet!  Add some fresh pea pods and simple vinaigrette or champagne vinaigrette to your salad and you will enjoy a salad similar to those served at the best of restaurants!

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Champagne Salmon Salad #SundaySupper

Ingredients

  • 2 Tomatoes, red or yellow *always smell them first, you will know immediately if they are ripe
  • 6 ounces of grilled or poached Salmon
  • 2 tablespoons of crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 8 Peas, removed from fresh Pea Pods
  • 2 Green Onions chopped fine
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar to drizzle or Champagne Vinaigrette

Instructions

  1. Slice Tomatoes into approximately 1/8 inch thick and plate
  2. Shred Salmon and place on top of Tomatoes
  3. Crumble Feta Cheese and sprinkle on top to the Salmon and Tomatoes
  4. Sprinkle Peas and Green Onions on top of salad
  5. Season with Salt and Pepper and drizzled with Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar or Champagne Vinaigrette
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Sherron@SimplyGourmet January 20, 2013 at 8:45 am

Oh this sounds heavenly! My FIL ate his tuna with just mayonnaise too. One time I went to add pickles and he completely freaked out…LOL Good times. I can’t wait to try your recipe.

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Shannon @VillageGirlBlog January 20, 2013 at 8:49 am

I love the idea to change it up with Salmon! Growing up tuna salad stuffed tomatoes were a staple at out house. Love the yellow ones.

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BusyWorkingMama January 20, 2013 at 9:08 am

This would be such a fancy starter to a dinner party. I usually grill salmon on cedar planks but a poached salmon would be great over fresh tomatoes. Great recipe!

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers January 20, 2013 at 9:25 am

What a great recipe! I love how simple it is and it’s pretty! This would make a great lunch or a first dish at a dinner party!!

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Arlene @FlourOnMyFace January 20, 2013 at 9:49 am

I’ve never had salmon salad but ate plenty of tuna fish salad as a kid also. I still love a good tuna salad with onions, pickles, hard boiled eggs on toast.

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Eileen Gross | Wine Everyday January 20, 2013 at 10:08 am

anything Salmon is probably my most favorite meal. I love using leftover salmon in Salads & for making Salmon Cakes the next day.
Thanks for the tip on Yellow Tomatoes…. I’ve had to cut out tomatoes in my diet because they have high acidic levels. I adore yellow tomatoes…I’ll be welcoming them back onto my plate.

I would pair this lovely salad with a Chablis. I love salads with Chablis!
Cheers!

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Jennie @themessybakerblog January 20, 2013 at 10:12 am

I love how you modernized this retro dish. It sounds wonderful. Mmm, those tomatoes are beauties.

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Jen @JuanitasCocina January 20, 2013 at 10:13 am

I have a question…do you like salmon???

Just kidding…I want this for lunch. YUM!!!!

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Lane @ Supper for a Steal January 20, 2013 at 10:31 am

I think you need to take me tomato shopping. Yours always look so wonderful.

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Amy January 20, 2013 at 10:38 am

I remember our 5:00 dinner hour. we were in trouble if we weren’t at the table at that time.

We love salmon in our household too. This salad is so simple but I can imagine the freshness of it all!

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Heather @girlichef January 20, 2013 at 10:43 am

You know, I LOOOOOVE salmon…but the only other person in this house who will eat it is my sweet 8-year old! Not the hubs or the older kids. I will have to make a special lunch just for us with this tempting salad. Beautiful twist on a retro classic, Isabel!

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Katie January 20, 2013 at 11:14 am

My mom also used to love tuna fish sandwiches when I was a kid…and I never could get over the smell! What is funny is that she used to make tuna noodle casserole all the time…but would call it chicken noodle casserole and would just not tell me that it was tuna. Annnnd I willingly ate it every time and loved it. Go figure.

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Renee - Kudos Kitchen January 20, 2013 at 11:32 am

Love your refreshed version of a retro tuna salad. I too am a salmon lover (not always, just as of the past 10 years) and adore the idea of serving it over some fresh tomatoes. Lovely. I’ve never had a yellow tomato but this summer, it will be on my list of new things to sample via your recommendation. This dish looks so light and flavorful!! YUM!

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen January 20, 2013 at 11:32 am

You managed to turn a mediocre dish into a sophisticated one! A well cooked, flaky piece of salmon can be used in SO many ways, from sandwiches to fancy dinners. Gorgeous salad! Have a great sunday Isabel!

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Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba) January 20, 2013 at 11:45 am

didn’t know about the smelling trick! looks awesome

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The Wimpy Vegetarian January 20, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Tuna was a staple growing up, but have had a long love affair with salmon – especially since we get them fresh off the coast here. This is a perfect make-over of the tuna sandwiches we all grew up with (sans any veggies) :-)

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Samantha @ FerraroKitchen January 20, 2013 at 12:32 pm

hahah LOVE this!!! And love the theme!! Thanks Isabel!

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Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) January 20, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Yum! We love salmon too, and this looks like a wonderful way to enjoy it as the weather turns warmer.

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DB-The Foodie Stuntman January 20, 2013 at 12:35 pm

This looks very good! It also reminds me a bit of a caprese salad. I also want to come to your home for your salmon dinners because they sound wonderful.

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Anne @ Webicurean January 20, 2013 at 1:15 pm

This salad looks wonderful! I love making salmon salad with leftover salmon, assuming any survives to the next day! I must confess, I still enjoy tuna/mayo wrapped in a soft piece of white bread. My husband, who doesn’t eat seafood, will eat tuna salad, like his mother prepared–with a dash of thyme. It’s funny how we remain so particular about certain things.

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Tammi @ Momma's Meals January 20, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Man I wish I liked Salmon because this looks awesome! Love the two different colored tomatoes!! Nice touch! Happy Sunday Friend!

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Liz January 20, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Mmmmm….what a healthy, vibrant, delicious salad! Much more appealing than the gloppy, mayo version of my youth!

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Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips January 20, 2013 at 1:55 pm

I can’t even get past the smell of canned tuna to even try to eat it. But this is something I could love. The feta is an awesome addition.

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Audrey's Mamma January 20, 2013 at 2:19 pm

How simple and yummy! I need to start the girls on salmon dishes. We rarely if ever have them because daddy is not a fan. Maybe if I tried some of your recipes I might find one he likes!

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Tara January 20, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Tuna salad was a staple growing up but now the cans sit in my pantry. I love this wonderful salmon salad you have!!

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Conni Smith @FoodieArmyWife January 20, 2013 at 3:33 pm

How pretty! I love the colorful pallet, and what a nice way to use salmon!

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts January 20, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Great twist on an old classic! We always had the news on when we ate dinner too!

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Carla January 20, 2013 at 3:55 pm

I grew up with tuna salad, chicken salad, ham salad but never salmon salad. I may have to try that next time!

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Hezzi-D January 20, 2013 at 4:20 pm

I also ate tuna with just mayo as a kid. In fact, I made it like that until my husband started adding salt, pepper, and pickles to it! Your salmon salad sounds tasty.

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Pam @ The Meltaways January 20, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Love the story with your Dad – I think I could feed my 5 year old tuna with mayo every day and he’d never complain! Love your salad!

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The Ninja Baker January 20, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Oh, my, goodness Isabel. So many almost identical points to my childhood in this post. Last of which is not the Love for salmon! So, I am super happy to see this very gourmet take on a favorite way to enjoy salad.

P.s. Looking forward to trying your Teriyaki Salmon recipe, too =)

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Jenne January 21, 2013 at 12:57 am

I wish my daughter could eat fish. She loved it but then she became allergic :( She’s a huge tomato fan though and I bet she would love this without the fish. It looks so simple and divine.

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Cindy January 21, 2013 at 1:09 am

I love salmon and this sounds delicious!

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Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb January 21, 2013 at 5:45 am

Salmon is one of the ingredients that I miss the most here in India. They have started to sell it here but triple the price compared to europe and then too not fresh at all. Your Salmon salad is a great snack idea. I d be takings little bites already while making your salad. ^.^

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Faye Leong January 21, 2013 at 8:50 am

I know what should I prepare for my tomorrow lunch. Thanks for sharing with us such a healthy and yummy recipe, Isabel.

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Bea January 21, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Oh, yes tuna salad but your salmon salad sounds so much better!!! We also love our salmon here in Portland :)

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Susan January 21, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Believe it or not but I usually eat tuna salad 2-3 times a week. It’s easy and I know it isn’t a calorie bomb lunch! I love your update, the flavors are bright and refreshing.

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Nancy @ gottagetbaked January 21, 2013 at 4:56 pm

I love reading about your childhood, Isabel. So many things you did with your family resemble the things that were done in mine. I’d gladly take this gorgeous salmon salad over canned tuna. Every component sounds delicious and I can’t wait to try yellow tomatoes!

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Linda@There and Back Again January 21, 2013 at 10:56 pm

This salad looks so refreshing! I’m not a big fan of salmon, but I’ll have to give this one a try…with tuna! ;) This recipe is going into the file to have when the summer tomatoes are at their peak!

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Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories) January 22, 2013 at 5:10 am

Yum! Love how fresh and colorful this is!

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Sarah January 22, 2013 at 8:42 am

OOOOOOhhhhhh another great recipe to add to my healthy recipes. Love the colorful tomatoes and I’ve been eating fish like crazy lately. Perfect recipe for a weekday lunch!

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Renee January 22, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Our tuna salad was (and still is) made with sweet pickle cubes, boiled egg, mayonnaise, and a dash of yellow mustard. Occasionally I change out and use dill pickle cubes. My nephew even adds a tiny bit of ketchup.

Your salmon salad is so much fresher than the heavy mayo tuna salad. Nice simple dressing.

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Amanda @ MarocMama January 27, 2013 at 5:57 pm

ooooh just found lunch for my husband this week. Great recipe!

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