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Salmon Salad with Spelt Pasta

Woohoo!  This Salmon Salad with Spelt Pasta makes me happy on so many levels.  First level…., it is absolutely delicious with the flaked salmon, capers, dill, red onion and chives tossed with the pasta.  And that lemony vinaigrette?  It is perfect! 

Salmon Salad with Spelt Pasta

Second level….It is an easy, make-ahead feast that after chilling in the refrigerator for a couple of hours absorbs all those wonderful flavors.

Salmon Salad with Spelt Pasta

Third level….It uses our left-over salmon in a very delicious way.

Forth level….The lemony vinaigrette is light and tangy.  If you love salmon and lemons you will love this salad!

Salmon Salad with Spelt Pasta

Fifth level….It is a one-dish dinner and all that is needed is a basket of sliced sourdough bread.  And a glass of white wine?

Sixth level….The ancient grain spelt pasta has a firm texture, the grain is nutritious, low gluten, high protein and makes a wholesome, healthy pasta with a great nutty flavor.

Salmon Salad with Spelt Pasta

Seventh level….We can prepare this salad quickly in the morning with no need to be in the hot kitchen during the heat of the afternoon.  You can plan to relax on the deck in the cool evening and enjoy a delicious care-free light dinner.

That just about covers it.  This salmon pasta salad is a winner-dinner!

Check out more pasta recipes:  Pasta Strands with Black Truffles   Einkorn Pasta with Morel Mushrooms   Confetti Quinoa

 


 

Salmon Salad with Spelt Pasta

Salmon Salad with Spelt Pasta

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This Salmon Salad with Spelt Pasta is filled with salmon, capers, dill, onions, chives and spelt pasta. It is tossed with a wonderful tangy lemon vinaigrette.

Ingredients

For the Salad:

  • 12 ounces dry spelt pasta or traditional pasta
  • 12 ounces cooked, chilled and flaked salmon
  • 1/2 cup capers, drained
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives or scallions
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • Chopped chives or scallion tops for garnish

For the Lemon Vinaigrette:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, rinse in cold water to cool, drain well.
  2. Transfer to a large salad bowl and add salmon, capers, red onion, chives and dill.
  3. In a small dish whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, honey, salt and pepper. Pour dressing over the salad and toss gently to coat. Garnish with chopped chives or scallion tops over and serve. Alternately, scoop into individual dishes add garnish and serve.

Notes

If you choose to cook the pasta in advance and refrigerated it before adding the remaining ingredients, a tablespoon of oil tossed with it will prevent it from clumping together. 


Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 439Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 620mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 19g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Craig

Sunday 21st of July 2019

Well done, Pat! I need some more lighter meals in my repertoire and this one is delightful. The vinaigrette is really nice. Pan-seared the salmon just to be able to make the salad. Froze the other half for the next time around.

Pat Nyswonger

Sunday 21st of July 2019

Thanks for the kudos, Craig....I'm pleased that you enjoyed the salad. We appreciate hearing from our readers on how our recipes work for them. Thanks so much for your feedback. ?

Sheila

Thursday 14th of December 2017

This is a great dish. We had it last Saturday and my family was raving about it. It was a great change for us. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.

Pat

Thursday 14th of December 2017

Thanks, Sheila...I'm just so pleased that you and your family like this recipe. It really is a great dish :)

Rebecca Swenor

Tuesday 26th of September 2017

This salmon salad with spelt pasta sounds amazing. I don't like dressings but the family does so I would make the dressing separate for them. Salmon is a great food to eat during Lent for us. Thanks for sharing the salad idea.

Pat

Tuesday 26th of September 2017

You are so welcome, Rebecca...you will enjoy the salad even without the dressing. Maybe just lemon juice squeezed on your portion? :)

Wildish Jess

Tuesday 26th of September 2017

I'm not big on fish but salmon is one I can tolerate. This looks really light and tasty too.

Pat

Tuesday 26th of September 2017

Hi, Jess....So glad you do eat salmon, I hope you can try this salad. I bet it would also be delish with grilled chicken. Just saying....:)

Megan

Monday 25th of September 2017

This is a perfect pasta salad. I would have never thought to put salmon in a pasta salad!

Pat

Monday 25th of September 2017

Megan, this is so very delicous with the salmon. I hope you try it soon. Thanks for your comments :)

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