Recipe #19: Simple Salmon Salad
With four kids and work and making pretty much every meal at home, I have to keep my food simple. It isn’t sustainable to eat this way if it takes too much time and energy. Today’s simple lunch was salmon salad.
Usually the recipes I post on my blog are other people’s recipes, with my take on how our family liked it, how I modified it, and how much time and work it took to prepare it. This one, however, is so simple there was no recipe needed. I’ll type one for you, but I just threw this together and it took almost no time at all.
I make tuna salad every so often, but this was my first time trying salmon salad. I found cans of wild-caught salmon at Costco and thought it would be a nice change. It was! It tastes similar, but different. Next time I’m going to have to find some with the bones and skin included. It’s got a lot more good nutrition that way.
Please don’t buy salmon that isn’t wild-caught. Farm-raised fish aren’t fed their natural, healthy diet; they are fed corn and soy (probably GMO) and who knows what else. Since they aren’t getting the natural diet they would eat in the wild, farmed salmon are generally much lower in Omega-3 fats than wild salmon. Because they are raised in confinement, they are stressed out and aren’t able to get the movement they need to stay healthy. With farmed salmon, you may also be eating genetically engineered salmon, since the FDA recently approved its sale and consumption. It grows more rapidly than actual salmon, but I’m going to go ahead and assume that it may be more harmful than beneficial until I see proof to the contrary from a source that I trust (not the FDA).
Also, please avoid store-bought mayonnaise that contains vegetable oils like soybean and canola. Even the one marketed as “made with olive oil” probably also has canola oil or soybean oil in it.
Okay, back to it. Here is how to make simple salmon salad:
- 1 can of wild-caught salmon
- Homemade mayo, however much makes you happy (I have a recipe posted here or you can buy some online here)**
- Sea salt, to taste
- Any other mix-ins that you like (black pepper, fresh dill, capers, diced apples, etc.)
- Drain the liquid from the can of salmon into your dog’s bowl.
- Put the salmon into a bowl (or a glass storage container if you think you’ll save some for later).
- Add the mayo, sea salt, and other mix-ins.
- Eat. You can eat it right out of the bowl, or wrap it in lettuce to make wraps, or put it on cucumber slices, or use it as dip with plantain chips. There are lots of possibilities. If you have a favorite way to eat yours, please comment!
For the salmon salad I ate today, I used sea salt, black pepper, and fresh dill. I probably used about 1.5 tablespoons of mayo for my 6 ounce can of salmon. I toasted a piece of homemade bread that I make for my son’s lunch, and I ate it with that. It was delicious. I don’t usually eat his bread because it’s made with almonds, and almonds make me hurt, but this was worth it today. I don’t usually say that, but it was really, really good. I can’t make a habit out of it, though. I’ll be back to lettuce wraps next time.
This recipe isn’t quite as simple if you don’t already have mayo on hand. Making mayo is pretty quick, though, and once you make it, you’ll have enough to make salmon salad (or chicken salad or tuna salad or ranch dressing, etc.) several times.
Enjoy! If you make some, let me know what you think!
** If you’re looking for mayo recipe that is egg-free and compliant to the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), click on the mayo recipe link and scroll to the bottom of the post. Or, to make it easier on you, just click here.