Salads

Pasta Salad With Salmon

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.

A black bowl of pasta salad with salmon and vegetables

Oh, did l mention that is 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 swapt 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

I absolutely love pasta, cooked in any possible way. It is of course most loved as a main meal, but it goes so well in salads too. I used it often in salads like BLT Pasta Salad With Ranch Dressing or Cold chicken caprese pasta salad recipe, which, like this pasta salad with salmon, are perfect when you need something quick and healthy, but filling at the same time.

No need to go for heavy and complicated dressings, a simple, yet flavourful one is all we need. No fancy ingredients either, just a very few that you probably already have at home. The dill might be something you don’t buy too often, but this works too well here not to be used.

I highly recommend using dill, it simply transforms this salad into a spectacular one. If you don’t use it up, just chop it and freeze until further use. No need to throw away perfectly good herbs.

I admit I sometimes buy more fresh herbs than I need, and forget about them in the fridge, only to discover them later on looking quite sad. To be stored in the freezer, they can either be chopped and placed in a freezer bag, or chopped and mixed with butter, and used it to flavour any dish you like.

It saves money, time and energy, so why not? Give this pasta salad a go, it’s super yummy!

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
Pasta Salad with Salmon
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
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
  • dill
Instructions
  1. Bring a pan of salty water to the 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 saslad 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
Pasta Salad with Salmon
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

Pasta salad with salmon

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8 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!

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