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Greek salmon salad is a healthy dinner that’s full of fresh Mediterranean flavor! This easy meal is simple and satisfying.

Greek Salmon Salad
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Looking for fun dinner ideas? This Greek salmon salad is healthy and satisfying, full of bold Mediterranean flavors! The star of the show is salmon bites, bite-sized pieces that add a pop of protein to each bite. Layer them over juicy tomatoes, cool cucumber, and feta cheese, and it’s a crowd-pleasing dinner idea that’s great in summer or anytime. Honestly, we’d eat this every night of the week! It’s that satisfying.

Ingredients in Greek salmon salad

This Greek salmon salad recipe is built around salmon bites, where the fish is seasoned and cut into small pieces before cooking baking. Salmon bites are the perfect addition to salads, and especially ideal in a Greek salad. Take a classic Greek salad, add a little arugula and top with salmon bites. It makes the ideal Mediterranean diet dinner! The ingredients for this salad recipe are:

  • 1 recipe Salmon Bites
  • Ripe tomatoes
  • Red onion
  • English cucumber
  • Baby arugula
  • Capers
  • Kalamata olives
  • Feta cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Dried oregano and salt
Greek Salmon Salad

Making salmon bites

The key to Greek salmon salad is making these salmon bites! They’re quick to make in the broiler and take just 15 minutes total. Broiling salmon is one of our favorite ways to cook it because you don’t even have to wait for the time it takes to preheat the oven! Open the salmon bites recipe in a separate tab to see those ingredients. Here’s what to do:

  1. Preheat: Preheat a broiler to high.
  2. Season: Cut the salmon into 1-inch pieces, then toss them with the seasonings. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet brushed with olive oil.
  3. Broil: Broil 4 to 5 minutes until just tender and pink at the center (the internal temperature should be between 125 to 130°F in the center). 
  4. Toss with Garlic Lemon Butter: Melt butter, then stir in minced garlic and lemon zest. Toss the bites with the butter and sprinkle them over each Greek salad.
Salmon Bites Recipe

Notes for making salmon Greek salad

This salmon Greek salad is very simple and comes together in 30 minutes or less! Here are a few things to keep in mind when preparing and serving this dish:

  • Use an English cucumber. The English cucumber is a variety that is long and thin, with a sweeter flavor and less pronounced seeds than a standard cucumber. We recommend using them in most cucumber recipes because you don’t need to peel or seed them! If you use a standard cucumber, make sure to peel and seed it, since the peel and seeds add bitterness.
  • Use baby arugula. Baby arugula (sold in boxes or bags) has a much milder flavor than standard arugula, which is sold in a bunch. If you can’t find it, use a different leafy green like spinach or mixed greens.
  • The recipe is very forgiving, so add ingredients to taste. Want to use more tomatoes or cucumber? Feel free! Do you prefer lettuce over baby arugula? Use that instead!

Tips for buying salmon

It’s important in any salmon recipe to buy good-quality salmon. Low quality salmon can taste very fishy and have a mushy texture, or have a lot of white protein that rises to the surface when it’s cooked (called albumin). Good quality salmon has a fresh flavor that’s not fishy and a tender, flaky texture. Here’s what to look for when buying salmon:

  • Opt for fresh salmon if possible. We’ve found buying salmon fresh from the fish counter usually has the best flavor. However, frozen can work too: try to find higher-quality frozen salmon and avoid those big economy-sized bags (we’ve found this type can taste very fishy).
  • Look for wild caught salmon. Fish that is wild caught in your country is usually a sustainable choice. (There are also quality options in well-regulated farms; see Seafood Watch Consumer Guide.)
  • Know your types of salmon. We tend to like Coho salmon for its mild flavor: it’s a good middle of the road option in terms of price. Of course, King salmon is incredible but it’s expensive and we wouldn’t recommend it for this recipe. Atlantic salmon is most often farmed and not available wild caught. Ask about its source at the fish counter.
Salmon Greek Salad

Make ahead notes

This Greek salmon salad is best eaten the day it is made; leftovers become rather soggy. If you want to make it in advance, here are a few tips:

  • Make the salmon bites in advance and refrigerate until serving. If desired, you can re-warm them in the broiler or on the stovetop.
  • Chop the cucumber and red onion in advance and store refrigerated; add the tomatoes, arugula and dressing directly before serving.

More salmon recipes

Greek salmon salad makes a hearty, Mediterranean diet dinner that everyone will love! Here are a few more salmon recipes that make easy dinner ideas:

This salmon salad recipe is…

Gluten-free and pescatarian.

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Greek Salmon Salad

Greek Salmon Salad

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
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Greek salmon salad is a healthy dinner that’s full of fresh Mediterranean flavor! This easy meal is simple and satisfying.


  • 1 recipe Salmon Bites
  • 3 large ripe tomatoes, chopped into rough chunks
  • 1/2 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 large English cucumber, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (or peeled, de-seeded and chopped for a standard cucumber)
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 1 cup Kalamata olives
  • 2 to 4 ounces high quality feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste


  1. Prepare the Salmon Bites by completing Steps 1-3 in the linked recipe.
  2. Chop the tomatoes, red onion and cucumber as noted above. 
  3. In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, red onion, and cucumbers with the baby arugula, capers, Kalamata olives, feta cheese crumbles (saving out a few for garnish), olive oil, red wine vinegar, dried oregano, and salt. Gently mix to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
  4. Cook the Salmon Bites by completing Steps 4-5 in the linked recipe. 
  5. To serve, divide the salad between 4 plates, then top with the salmon bites. Garnish with additional feta cheese and serve. (If making in advance, prepare the salmon bites and refrigerate. Chop the cucumber and red onion in advance and store refrigerated; add the tomatoes, arugula and dressing directly before serving.)
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Broiled
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Diet: Gluten Free

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Edith Thayer says:

    We made the Greek Salmon Salad with tomatoes from my daughter and son-in-laws garden last night. What a wonderful salad and summer dinner it made! The salmon was easy and delicious. I highly recommend trying this before the lovely tomatoes disappear.