Smoked Salmon Salad

smoked salmon salad sandwich

Smoked salmon salad is a super delicious upgrade on tuna salad, made with succulent smoked salmon, fresh dill, a little mayo, red onion, and, of course, a squeeze of lemon!

smoked salmon salad with greens and tomatoes

smoked salmon salad

It can be the centerpiece of a summer salad platter, piled on a bagel, or sandwiched between two slices of rye bread. It’s also great on crackers as an appetizer, but I found myself nibbling on it all day, straight from the bowl. (It makes your everyday tuna salad look pretty sad.) The salmon itself is so richly flavored it only needs a little mayo, lemon, and dill to really pop.

smoked salmon salad

what you’ll need to make smoked salmon salad

  • hot smoked salmon ~ this comes in a chunk, not to be confused with cold smoked salmon, or lox. You’ll usually find it vacuum packed in the seafood or deli section of your supermarket.
  • red onion
  • fresh dill
  • mayonnaise
  • lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
flaking a piece of smoked salmon

let’s make it! (it’s as easy as 1-2-3)

  1. Remove the skin and shred your smoked salmon with two forks.
  2. Mix with mayonnaise, red onion, lemon juice, fresh dill, and black pepper.
  3. Chill.
smoked salmon salad sandwich

smoked salmon faqs

what is smoked salmon?

Smoking is a process which adds flavor to salmon, and also preserves it. Smoking removes the moisture from fish so it can stay fresh longer. Smoked fish is common in Russian, Ashkenazi Jewish, Israeli, and Scandinavian cuisines, as well as Eastern and Central European cuisines.

What’s the difference between hot and cold smoked salmon

Hot smoked salmon is smoked at about 145F. It’s sold in chunks and has a flaked texture similar to cooked salmon. Cold smoked salmon (aka lox) is smoked at a low heat (about 80F) so it is effectively raw. It is sold in very thin slices and is very silky in texture.

Is smoked salmon cooked?

Cold smoked salmon, or lox, is not cooked, it is raw, so it should be consumed with caution if you are pregnant, elderly, or have a compromised immune system. Hot smoked salmon is smoked at a high enough heat to kill harmful bacteria and is generally considered safe to eat without further cooking. Hot smoked salmon should be heated to an internal temperature of 145-150 F or higher and maintained at 150F for 30 min or longer to be safe. (source)

Is smoked salmon healthy?

Salmon is one of the top superfoods on the planet, and smoked salmon provides all those wonderful nutritional benefits. The only drawback is that smoked salmon is relatively high in sodium, so it should be enjoyed on an occasional basis.

Can I use canned smoked salmon?

If you like canned smoked salmon you can certainly use it, but I prefer the flavor and texture of fresh.

What about other types of smoked fish?

You can make this salad with just about any type of smoked fish you happen to like, some of my favorites are whitefish, tuna, and trout. High fat fish species are ideal for smoking.

Can you smoke your own salmon?

Yes, but you have to know what you’re doing…check it out.

What can I use instead of mayonnaise?

You can substitute greek yogurt, crème fraîche, or sour cream. If you can’t do dairy, try olive oil.

smoked salmon salad in a white bowl

other ingredients you might use in smoked salmon salad

As written this is a very simple salad, but if you feel the urge to add more to it, here are some suggestions…

  • cucumber or celery, very finely diced
  • dill pickle, very finely diced
  • capers
  • pimiento
  • green onion
  • chopped hard cooked egg
smoked salmon salad sandwich with pickle

let’s eat more salmon!

smoked salmon salad sandwich
5 from 5 votes

Smoked Salmon Salad

Smoked salmon salad is a super delicious upgrade on tuna salad, made with succulent hot smoked salmon, fresh dill, a little mayo, red onion, and, of course, a squeeze of lemon!
Course lunch
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 8 servings
Calories 116kcal
Author Sue Moran


  • 1 lb hot smoked salmon
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (I love Duke's)
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped dill
  • fresh lemon juice to taste
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste


  • Remove any skin from your smoked salmon and gently flake the flesh it into small pieces with two forks. There shouldn't be any small pin bones in your fish, but pick them out of you see any.
    shredding smoked salmon
  • Blend the salmon with the mayo, onions, dill, lemon juice, and salt and pepper. Mix well and then cover and refrigerate until well chilled.
    mixing smoked salmon with dill, onion, and mayo
  • Once chilled, taste the salad again to adjust any of the ingredients. You might want a little more lemon juice, or more pepper. Note: the fish is salty, so you will not need to add any extra.
    smoked salmon salad in white bowl with fork
  • Serve a scoop of the salad on greens, or make sandwiches with it, we love it on thin toasted rye bread with a thin slice of red onion and leafy greens.
    smoked salmon salad with greens


Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 489mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 54IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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  • Reply
    May 20, 2022 at 4:16 pm

    By hot do u mean with hot seasonings or hot temperature from the oven

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      May 20, 2022 at 5:07 pm

      Hot from being smoked with heat.

  • Reply
    Judith Lewis-Thome
    July 28, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    5 stars
    I made this salad with Costco’s hot smoked salmon and made it just like Sue did in the picture. I poured a light lemon vinaigrette over the lettuce and vegetables. It was a perfect summer meal! Thank you, Sue!

  • Reply
    Lisa D.
    July 26, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Sounds perfect for this weather and this season! The salmon you used seems to have a crust of seasonings on it. Could you tell us what was in it, or what seasoning mix you would use to replicate that? Thanks so much!

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      July 26, 2021 at 9:25 am

      Sometimes hot smoked salmon is sold with various seasonings, the one I found was cajun seasoned. It didn’t impact the salad, and I would go with whatever is available.

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