Canned Salmon Salad Recipe

You've heard of tuna salad, but have you ever tried salmon salad? This canned salmon salad recipe from food blogger and recipe developer Christina Musgrave offers an easy and delicious way to elevate a lunchtime classic.

In addition to being delicious, salmon — canned or otherwise — can offer serious health benefits. According to Healthline, salmon is an excellent source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. In addition to the canned salmon, the inclusion of Greek yogurt in this recipe offers yet another way to get a filling protein boost.

But most importantly, this recipe is so easy that it's nearly impossible to mess up. "This is great for a quick lunch. I like making this when I only have a few minutes to make something," Musgrave says. All you need are a handful of ingredients, some bread, and a little more than half an hour. Let's get started!

Gather your ingredients

To make this canned salmon salad, you'll need 1 (15-ounce) can of salmon — check out our ranking of canned salmon brands — as well as diced celery and red onion, salt and pepper, lemon juice, and Dijon mustard. You also might want some toasted bread for when you're ready to eat and serve the salmon salad.

You'll also need some Greek yogurt. Use whatever kind you have on hand — according to Musgrave, it doesn't matter if you use full-fat or non-fat yogurt. The yogurt in this recipe acts like a binding agent and takes the place of mayonnaise, which is another, more common ingredient in fish salads. Plus, Musgrave says, it adds a tartness you won't get from mayo.

Mix everything together

Combine the salmon, Greek yogurt, celery, red onion, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and Dijon mustard in a bowl and mix well. Refrigerate the salmon salad for 30 minutes so all the flavors meld.

Enjoy your salmon salad

Once your salmon salad has rested in the fridge, it's ready to serve and eat! Musgrave recommends serving this creamy spread on toasted bread, particularly whole-wheat or rye bread.

Store the salmon salad

This salmon salad should last in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Musgrave does not recommend freezing it for textural reasons.

Canned Salmon Salad Recipe
5 from 30 ratings
Worth keeping canned salmon in your pantry, this quick lunchtime recipe is creamy, tangy, and perfect on toasted bread.
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Canned salmon salad served on toast
Total time: 35 minutes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can salmon, drained
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup celery, diced
  • ½ cup red onion, diced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Toasted bread, for serving
  1. Add the salmon, Greek yogurt, celery, red onion, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and Dijon mustard to a large bowl and mix thoroughly.
  2. Refrigerate the mixture for 30 minutes.
  3. Served the salmon salad on toasted bread.
Calories per Serving 177
Total Fat 6.7 g
Saturated Fat 2.3 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 65.2 mg
Total Carbohydrates 8.5 g
Dietary Fiber 1.0 g
Total Sugars 2.9 g
Sodium 375.6 mg
Protein 21.3 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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