Salmon salad

Salmon salad

30 min
Need a tasty appetiser or light dinner or lunch? Then you will love this recipe for salmon salad with smoked salmon in no less than two ways. Enjoy chopped salmon in a rich and creamy dressing made from sour cream, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and seasoning as well as slices of smoked salmon on top of a crisp base of greens and fresh herbs. Enjoy a delectable dish that will delight both your eyes and tastebuds.


  • Mix sour cream, bell pepper, chives, and lemon juice in a bowl.
  • Stir in salmon, salt, and pepper. Season to taste.
  • Rinse lettuce and herbs and let them drain well in a colander. Pick the lettuce and herbs into small pieces and mix them in a bowl.
  • Place lettuce and herbs on a plate. Arrange about half of the salmon salad on top and serve the rest in a bowl on the side. Spread salmon strips on top.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs and lemon wedges. Serve with warm slices of baguette.

Make sure to use high-quality fish to get the best taste and choose the best for your smoked salmon salad. Cold smoked salmon offers a more delicate flavour that pairs well with the other ingredients in this dish. The fish should look somewhat translucent. If it is very dense in colour, the fish has likely been frozen, which can affect the texture. Though it is an oily fish, the oil should be retained within the flesh. Avoid choosing one with dark brown edges or meat, which is a sign of low quality. Also, choose one with no added flavouring so you can enjoy the fresh taste of the fish without overshadowing the other flavours in the salad.


This dish is best served right after it has been assembled so the ingredients stay nice and fresh.

Questions about salmon salad

Whip up a quick and easy side dish or light meal in under 30 minutes with our smoked salmon salad recipe. We have compiled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions about this fresh treat and provided you with the answers so you can make this tasty dish at home. Read below to find out more!

How to make salmon salad?
Start by making the smoked salmon salad dressing by mixing crème fraiche, green bell pepper, chives, and freshly squeezed lemon juice in a bowl. Add chopped salmon, salt, and pepper and stir everything well together. Mix lettuce and herbs, arrange them on a plate with half the salmon salad on top, and decorate it with thin salmon strips. Finally, garnish the dish with fresh herbs and lemon wedges for a finishing touch.
What dressing goes with salmon salad?
Keep it light and simple with a creamy but slightly tangy dressing for salmon salad. It should have a delicious balance between dense and light, complementing the fresh but buttery texture of the fish. The combination of crème fraiche, lemon juice, chives, and salt and pepper adds a pleasant creaminess, while the acidity of the freshly squeezed lemon juice creates a nice contrast to the richness of the fish.
How long will salmon salad last in the fridge?
The salmon salad is excellent to keep on hand in the fridge. For the best quality, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. If you keep it any longer, some of the fresh salad items will lose their flavour and no longer have their bright and crunchy appeal. If you do not mix the fresh items with the fish, it might keep longer; smoked salmon will last for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.
Can you freeze salmon salad?
We do not recommend freezing the salmon salad as many of the ingredients do not freeze well and will spoil if you freeze them. When thawed, the herbs and lettuce will discolour and have an unappetising texture. You can, however, store the salad in an airtight container in the fridge instead. You can freeze the fish on its own if you did not mix it with dressing, herbs, or vegetables. Freeze for up to 6 months in the freezer, letting it thaw overnight in the fridge when you are ready to use it.
What to serve with salmon salad?
The salmon salad tastes impressive and delicious all on its own. You can serve it as an appetiser with warm baguette slices for a fish-themed full-course meal or incorporate it into dinner or lunch with a filling main dish like pasta or rice with veggies on the side.


Sour cream, 18%
250 g
Green bell pepper (approx. 125 g), finely chopped
Chives, finely chopped
2 tbsp
Freshly squeezed lemon juice
1½ tbsp
Smoked salmon, finely chopped
150 g
Coarse salt
1 tsp
Freshly ground pepper
Frisée lettuce
75 g
Mixed fresh herbs, for example, chives, chervil, and watercress
25 g
Smoked salmon, in strips
50 g
Fresh herbs, for example, chives, chervil, and watercress
Lemons wedges (unsprayed)
Warm baguettes (approx. 100 g)
4 slices

Delicious smoked salmon salad

If you are looking for a refreshing, easy-to-assemble dish that tastes amazing, look no further. Our recipe for smoked salmon salad is full of texture and flavour. The tender smoked pieces are swimming in a light sour cream and lemon juice dressing and placed on a bed of fresh, leafy lettuce and herbs. As a final touch, the salad is garnished with thin slices of salmon and a mixture of fresh herbs. It is an incredibly easy salad to pull off for a quick lunch or starter.

To get inspiration for more delicious salads, check out our tomato salad with olives and basil, French salade Niçoise with tuna and black olives, or a simple and classic broccoli salad with bacon and sunflower seeds.

Green salad with smoked salmon

Discover our ultimate feel-good salad with salmon and many other fresh ingredients that come together easily. Since we use smoked fish, no cooking is required, so you save a lot of time when preparing this dish. The base of the salad is made up of mixed greens and topped with bits of delicate, buttery pink fish and bell pepper drenched in a sour cream dressing. The combination of salmon, greens, and a creamy, rich dressing makes this dish more substantial. Oh, and did we mention how stunning and colourful it looks? You will not be able to take your eyes off this fine-looking dish.

Discover two ways to enjoy smoked salmon

Smoked salmon reporting for salad duty! We use the delicious fish in two ways in our recipe for salmon salad. First, it is chopped into smaller pieces and combined with veggies, herbs, and dressing. Then, strips of the buttery smoked fish are added on top of the dressing-covered salmon salad. Savoury, tangy, and smoky, this dish has all the flavours you love. It is a perfect and simple everyday indulgence, whether you prefer to eat it as a side dish or as a light lunch or dinner on its own.

Enjoy a light salmon salad dressing

Want to know what makes this dish even more delicious? A creamy and slightly tangy dressing made with sour cream, freshly squeezed lemon juice, chives, and salt and pepper. The salmon salad dressing adds a creamy richness to the dish while keeping it light and fresh with a burst of lemon juice that helps cut through the richness of the fish and makes the salad pop. It is an effortless dressing you can mix in a matter of minutes.

Add more fresh vegetables and herbs

Though delicious as it is, you can always shake things up by adding more to the salmon salad. Go all out and enjoy a flavourful salad with tons of fresh veggies and herbs with the saltiness of the fish. Slice up some silky avocados, crispy cucumber slices, and sweet cherry tomatoes and mix them with the frisée lettuce and mixed herbs. You can add a bit of spice and colour with red onion rings that deliver just the right amount of spicy bite to this dish. To complement the citrusy flavour from the lemon juice, toss in some dill leaves with a deliciously fresh, citrus-like smack and subtle grassy undertones to make a new version of the delicious salmon salad dressing.