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salmon salad spread in a grey bowl topped with fresh parsley leaves
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Salmon Salad Recipe

Salmon salad spread is a versatile alternative to tuna salad. This yummy spread is the perfect, budget friendly filling for sandwiches, spread for bagels or appetizer dip!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 158kcal


  • 3 6 oz cans boneless, skinless salmon
  • 1 bunch green onions thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp fresh dill chopped
  • 3 stalks celery finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • heaping 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • scant 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 1/4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Open & drain the canned fish, then add it to a medium sized mixing bowl.
  • Using a sturdy potato masher, break up the salmon.
  • To the bowl add the onions, celery, dill, & parsley. Mix gently to combine evenly.
  • In a separate, smaller mixing bowl add the remaining ingredients. Whisk them evenly to combine and form the dressing.
  • Pour the dressing into the salmon mixture, and stir until evenly combined. Add additional mayonnaise 1 tablespoon at a time ONLY if a creamier consistency is desired.
  • Serve immediately, or cover and chill the salmon salad before serving.


  • Make sure the cans of salmon STATE boneless and skinless. Chomping into this salad with a rogue bone will be painful and an unpleasant experience.
  • Love the taste of smoked salmon? Add a couple drops of liquid smoked to mimic using smoked salmon.
  • You can half the recipe for a smaller serving or double for a larger crowd.
  • Don't have dill? That's ok- you can omit. The herbs in this recipe are versatile. You could also add in capers for a delicious tang!
  • Want the salad spread to be creamier? Add an extra tablespoon of mayonnaise at a time and stir the salad well after each extra tablespoon until the salad reaches your desired consistency.


Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 330mg | Potassium: 281mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 371IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 193mg | Iron: 1mg