Salmon Pasta Salad (No Mayo)

This delicious salmon pasta salad is everything you need this summer. Light, but filling at the same time, with fresh salad leaves and tomatoes, baked salmon and a healthy and tangy dill dressing. Whether you enjoy it at home or on your lunch break at work, or just have a quick dinner, this salad is be your new favourite recipe.

A black bowl of pasta salad with salmon and vegetables

Oh, did l mention that it’s very healthy too? Why buy ready-made salads, when you can prepare it at home in no time.

Easy to store and you can keep some in the fridge for later too. I actually prefer eating it cold from the fridge, rather than straight away, it tastes even better when it’s proper cold.

Salmon is my favourite fish, it tastes less “fishy” than other types of fish, it is highly nutritious and an excellent source of omega 3.

The salad leaves bring some freshness and a bit of crunch, together with the tomatoes, and they contrast well with the pasta and salmon.

You can go for any pasta shape, if really does not matter which one, although I think this shape is pretty cool for salads, for pasta dishes with sauce I usually go for fussilli or spaghetti. But, again, that’s not a rule, it’s purely how I cook it.

The dressing is light and sharp, enhancing the flavours of the salad. I prefer the salmon baked for this recipe, but you can also grill or boil it. Or swap it for smoked salmon instead, for a bit more saltiness.

Although I think this pasta salad with salmon is a real treat on a hot summer day, as it can be enjoyed cold straight from the fridge, it can of course be made all year round.

Overhead shoot of a black bowl of pasta salad

How do you make salmon pasta salad?

This salad can’t be any simpler to make. First, cook the salmon fillet, you can either pan fry it, or, even better, bake it.

Wrap it in kitcken foil, and bake for 15 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius (390 Fahrenheit). Leave to cool.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the packet instructions, drain, rinse with water, and toss with olive oil.

You can add any other salad to it, I went for mixed salad leaves, but you can choose any salad you like, lettuce, spinach, arugula, you name it.

Again, other veggies can be added, cucumber, avocados, etc etc Mix everything together and pour over the dressing.

How do you make a healthy dressing for salad?

No need to go for heavy and super rich salad dressings with hundreds of calories, when you can make one light healthy dressing with no mayo or other nastiness.

For my dressing, you will need olive oil, basamic vinegar, chopped fresh dill (which goes super well with the salmon), and salt and pepper to taste (or even some chilli if you like).

Give it a good shake, and there’s the best dressing one can get. You can use this light dressing for any kind of fresh salad.

If you are looking for other healthy salad recipes, how about my Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad?

Overhead shoot of a black bowl of pasta salad with salmon with a fork necxt to it.

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A black bowl of pasta salad with salmon, tomatoes and salad leaves
Salmon Pasta Salad (No Mayo)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

This delicious pasta salad with salmon is everything you need this summer. Light, but filling at the same time, with fresh salad leaves and tomatoes, baked salmon and a tangy dill dressing. Whether you enjoy it at home or on your lunch break at work, or just have a quick dinner, this salad is be your new favourite recipe.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: International
Keyword: pasta salads
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 269 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
Ingredients
  • 1/4 packet of pasta
  • 1 salmon fillet
  • mixed leaves salad
  • 2 tomato
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp dill
Instructions
  1. Bring a pan of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the packet instructions.

  2. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  3. Add a splash of olive oil to the pasta, then set aside and leave it to cool completely.
  4. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200 degrees C (390 Fahrenheit).

  5. Wrap the salmon in kitchen foil and place it on a tray.
  6. Bake for about 15 minutes until cooked through.
  7. Transfer the pasta to a large bowl and toss in the salad leaves, chopped tomatoes and flaked salmon.

  8. To make the dressing, mix olive oil, balsamic vinegar, chopped dill, salt and pepper.
  9. Pour the dressing over the pasta mixture and mix well to coat evenly.
Nutrition Facts
Salmon Pasta Salad (No Mayo)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 269 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 42mg 2%
Potassium 562mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Sugars 2g
Protein 17g 34%
Vitamin A 10.9%
Vitamin C 10.2%
Calcium 1.6%
Iron 4.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

Pasta salad with salmon

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    milliethom
    November 19, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    A lovely, colourful dish, Daniela – and a very healthy one, too. 🙂

    • Reply
      Daniela Apostol
      November 20, 2015 at 9:10 am

      Thank you, Millie. As much as l love salads, they are not so filling, but adding pasta worked really well. Glad you liked it ?

  • Reply
    mentalbreakinprogress
    November 20, 2015 at 4:41 am

    Yum! I love salmon it’s so refreshing and light 🙂 Never thought to add it to a pasta salad! Which looks amazing. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Reply
      Daniela Apostol
      November 20, 2015 at 9:07 am

      Thank you! I love salmon too, it is so easy to cook and can be used in so many dishes. Glad you like this salad ?

  • Reply
    Lynz Real Cooking
    November 20, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Very beautiful dish! Daniela!

    • Reply
      Daniela Apostol
      November 21, 2015 at 10:14 am

      Thank you, glad you liked it ?

  • Reply
    Maria
    December 23, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Thanks for this superb recipe, Daniela! It was super yummy for my family and me, simply because the dressing combined the dish together so perfectly. I just grilled the salmon instead of baking it.

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      December 23, 2016 at 11:06 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Maria! It is a dish l can never have enough of, l love salmon cooked in any way!

  • Reply
    Lori
    April 22, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    How much dill?

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