Enjoy our Delectable Salmon Pasta Salad

Our delightful Salmon Pasta Salad recipe combines tender chunks of salmon, pasta, and green peas with a creamy dressing of Greek yogurt, lemon, and dill. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a summer cookout, picnic, or even a lighter dinner or lunch.

Salmon Pasta Salad

Why We Adore this Salmon Pasta Salad Recipe

This salmon pasta salad takes just 30 minutes to prepare. Simply toss cooked pasta with leftover salmon, a luscious dressing, and a few seasonal additions. It’s superb for a quick dinner or a satisfying lunch on a scorching summer day. Plus, it’s the ultimate side dish to bring along to potlucks, backyard barbecues, or picnics.

Menu Planning Tip: If you’re planning out your weeknight meals, cook a little extra salmon one night so that you can repurpose it for this delightful pasta salad the next night!

Essential Ingredients for our Pasta Salad with Salmon

Ingredients for Salmon Pasta Salad

  • Cooked Salmon: I personally prefer using leftover grilled cedar plank salmon or seared salmon, but any leftover salmon will do. Just make sure to choose a recipe without a strong marinade or glaze that might clash with the lemon and dill flavors in this recipe.
  • Pasta: While we love using farfalle (bowtie) pasta, penne or spiral pasta also work splendidly. Feel free to use any pasta shape you have on hand.
  • Greek Yogurt: Opt for either plain, non-fat, or full-fat Greek yogurt.
  • Mayonnaise: When combined with Greek yogurt, mayo adds an extra creamy texture to the dressing.
  • Lemon: Both the zest and juice of a lemon.
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Seasonings: Salt and ground pepper (preferably white pepper).
  • Herbs: Chopped dill and chives.
  • Peas: Choose between frozen and thawed peas, or fresh peas.
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How to Prepare our Pasta Salad with Leftover Salmon

Step-by-Step: Salmon Pasta Salad

Step 1: Cook the Pasta

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the package instructions until it’s al dente. Drain the pasta thoroughly, then rinse it with cold water to cool.

Step 2: Prepare the Creamy Dressing

Meanwhile, whisk together Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon zest, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, salt, dill, and pepper in a large mixing bowl.

Mixing the Dressing

Step 3: Combine the Pasta and Dressing

Add the cooked pasta to the Greek yogurt mixture and toss until it’s evenly coated.

Step 4: Incorporate the Remaining Ingredients

Include the peas, salmon, and chives. Toss everything together to ensure that the dressing coats every component of the pasta. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 4 hours before serving.

Salmon Pasta Salad Close-Up

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Happy Cooking! ~Katie