Why We Are Crazy About This Salmon Pasta Salad
Are you looking for a quick and tasty recipe? Look no further! Our Salmon Pasta Salad is a breeze to make, taking only 30 minutes from start to finish. It features tender chunks of salmon, pasta, and green peas, all tossed in a creamy Greek yogurt dressing infused with zesty lemon and aromatic dill. This versatile dish can be served as a delightful summer side salad for a cookout or picnic, or as a satisfying light dinner or lunch.
Key Ingredients for Our Irresistible Salmon Pasta Salad
To create this delectable salad, you’ll need:
- Leftover cooked salmon: We recommend using grilled cedar plank salmon or seared salmon without a strong marinade or glaze.
- Pasta: Farfalle (bowtie) pasta is our personal favorite, but penne or spiral pasta also work well.
- Greek yogurt: Opt for plain, non-fat, or full-fat.
- Mayonnaise: This will give our dressing an extra creamy texture when combined with the Greek yogurt.
- Lemon: Both zest and juice.
- Dijon mustard
- Seasonings: Salt and ground pepper (preferably white pepper).
- Herbs: Freshly chopped dill and chives.
- Peas: Frozen and thawed, or fresh peas.
How to Prepare Our Mouthwatering Salmon Pasta Salad
Step 1: Cook the Pasta
Begin by bringing a large pot of water to a boil and cooking the pasta according to the package instructions until it’s al dente. Once cooked, drain the pasta thoroughly and rinse it under cold water to cool it down.
Step 2: Prepare the Creamy Dressing
While the pasta is cooking, whisk together Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon zest, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, salt, dill, and pepper in a large mixing bowl.
Step 3: Combine the Pasta and Dressing
Add the cooked pasta to the Greek yogurt mixture and toss until the pasta is evenly coated with the dressing.
Step 4: Incorporate the Remaining Ingredients
Next, add the peas, salmon, and chives to the pasta. Gently toss everything together to ensure the dressing and ingredients are well-distributed throughout. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 4 hours before serving.
FAQs and Expert Tips
More Tempting Pasta Salad Recipes to Explore
- Italian Pasta Salad: Savor the flavors of artichoke hearts, basil, tomato, and a bold red wine vinaigrette in this delightful Italian-inspired pasta salad.
- Mexican Pasta Salad: Take a culinary journey south of the border with this zesty salad packed with beans, corn, and chili pepper.
- Macaroni Salad with Cheddar Cheese: Indulge in a creamy macaroni salad featuring a perfect balance of mayo and Greek yogurt, saving you calories without compromising taste.
- Healthy Pasta Salad with Ham and Peas: This ultra-creamy version of the classic pasta salad is sure to satisfy your cravings.
- Greek Orzo Pasta Salad: Whip up this Mediterranean-inspired delight in just 30 minutes with minimal effort.
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Happy Cooking! ~Katie