Salmon Salad on Arugula

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Salmon Salad on Arugula - this salad from Cooking Light is a keeper!  Healthy and delicious!!

I mentioned that I subscribed to Cooking Light again.  I am really enjoying it.  I love paging through the magazine and I especially love the tablet version with the extra recipes.  One of the recipes that caught my eye was the Salmon Salad on Arugula.

It sounded deliciously simple.  A perfect, light weeknight meal.  The only thing was that the arugula portion of the salad was just arugula with sliced red onions.  Raw onions.  Yep, this is the recipe I talked about Monday, when I shared the Quick Pickled Onions recipe.  This was what I originally used them for.  They were amazing in this recipe!

I made a few substitutions just because I didn’t have certain ingredients.  A keeper for sure!

Salmon Salad on Arugula


  • 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets, skinned
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 2 tablespoons plain fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons crème fraîche or sour cream (I just used 2 more tablespoons of yogurt)
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil (didn’t have any, but I bet it would have been wonderful)
  • 4 teaspoons capers, rinsed, drained, and chopped
  • 4 cups baby arugula leaves
  • 1 cup very thinly vertically sliced red onion (used Quick Pickled Onions)


  1. Sprinkle salmon evenly with salt and pepper. Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add salmon; cook 6 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Cool to room temperature; flake with a fork.  (I sprayed my salmon with a little olive oil, salt and peppered it and broiled it for about 4-6 minutes).
  2. Combine salmon, 1 table­spoon juice, yogurt, and next 3 ingredients (through capers) in a medium bowl. Refrigerate 30 minutes or up to 3 hours.
  3. Combine remaining 1 tablespoon oil, remaining 1 tablespoon juice, arugula, and onion in a bowl. Toss gently to coat. Divide arugula mixture evenly among 4 plates. Top evenly with salmon mixture.
  4. Serves 4
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Foodie Friday

This will be my entry for Foodie Friday at the every so lovely Rattlebridge Farm.



This will be my entry for Souper Sundays (Soup, Salad, or Sammie) hosted by Deb at Kahakai Kitchen.

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  1. says

    Oh Pam, I’m loving this salad. Isn’t salmon just wonderful, not only is it delicious hot and steamy, it’s so refreshing cool and dressed in a salad! Thank you so much for sharing…

  2. says

    i made tuna salad for the first time recently because my boyfriend likes it. i had to breathe through my mouth the whole time. he’d probably like this too. :)

  3. says

    This looks like a great salad and I am loving those pickled onions–a much better choice in my book!

    A perfect spring salad–thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week. 😉

  4. says

    Tangy yogurt, briny capers, pickled onions, rich salmon, tart lemon, peppery arugula. Now that’s a great combination of flavors. And living in Seattle I have no problem getting good salmon.

  5. says

    Oooh, I definitely have to make the salmon salad! I’ve been trying to incorporate more salmon into my diet but there’s only so much plain salmon a person can eat! This looks awesome though!

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