A very easy and quick recipe for a tasty canned salmon salad. I make it often for lunch, and serve it on toasted low carb English muffins.
I make this canned salmon salad often for lunch. It’s so easy and delicious, and I always have the ingredients on hand. I almost always have canned salmon in the pantry and mayonnaise or Greek yogurt in the fridge. The remaining ingredients are very flexible, so if you don’t have them, you can simply use what you have!
How to make canned salmon salad
Scroll down to the recipe card for the full details. It’s a truly easy recipe: drain the salmon and flake it with a fork. Mix in mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, capers, and scallions. That’s it! Your tasty and healthy lunch is ready.
I like to add capers and scallions to this canned salmon salad, but you can use lots of other things. Over the years, I tried and liked chopped olives, chopped cucumber pickles, diced celery, and diced red onions. You can also add chopped eggs for a super filling and nutritious meal – but then add a bit more mayonnaise.
You can substitute Greek yogurt for the mayonnaise if you’d like. But mayonnaise is tastier and creamier in this canned salmon salad, and I think that avocado oil mayonnaise is OK in terms of health. Another option is to use sour cream. I haven’t tried that, but it sure sounds good.
How to serve canned salmon salad
I usually serve this canned salmon salad on toasted low carb English muffins. Sometimes I stuff it inside bell peppers, tomatoes, or a lettuce wrap sandwich. It’s also good when scooped out with almond flour crackers. But when I’m super lazy, I just eat it out of a bowl with a spoon!
Can I use tuna instead of salmon?
Obviously, you can use the same recipe with canned tuna and make a tuna salad. But in my opinion, salmon tastes better, and it’s probably also healthier, especially if you choose wild salmon.
Is canned salmon healthy?
Yes! Like many, I tend to be suspicious of canned foods. But as it turns out, canned and fresh salmon are equally nutritious. The canning process doesn’t affect the nutrients in fish. I would recommend, however, that you try to find BPA-free canned salmon, and that you use wild salmon if you can.
What about leftovers?
You can keep leftovers in the fridge, in an airtight container, for up to 3 days. Give the leftover salad a quick stir before you use it.
More tasty recipes
Enjoyed this canned salmon salad? I have several more tasty recipes that you might like. A couple of my favorites are these salmon muffins, which are essentially baked little salmon quiches. And these salmon cakes are so easy to make and delicious!
Canned Salmon Salad
- 1 (7.5 oz can) canned salmon
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 cup avocado oil mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon capers
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions, green part
- Drain the salmon. Transfer to a small bowl. Flake with a fork.
- Add the black pepper, mayonnaise and Dijon mustard. Mix well.
- Mix in the capers and scallions.
- Serve immediately, or cover and chill to allow flavors to meld.