A salmon salad sandwich is a quick and easy lunch idea! Creamy and savory, it’s a tasty spin on the classic tuna.

Salmon Salad Sandwich

Need a quick and easy lunch idea? Try this Salmon Salad Sandwich! A unique spin on the classic tuna version, it’s irresistibly creamy and savory: a tasty spread that comes together in minutes. Spread it on bread for a quick lunch, or try it on a croissant for a brunch idea. Either way, it’s hard to resist this hearty sandwich: and it requires no cooking or fancy kitchen skills whatsoever. Ready to get cooking?

Ingredients for a salmon salad sandwich

Salmon makes the ideal spinoff on the classic tuna salad, which was invented back in 1907. While canned salmon is a bit more expensive than canned tuna, it’s just as convenient and a fun way to mix up the classic recipe. This recipe is also perfect for using leftover salmon you have on hand from last night’s dinner. Here’s what you’ll need to make a salmon salad sandwich:

  • Canned salmon or cooked salmon
  • Celery
  • Red onion
  • Dill pickle
  • Capers
  • Greek yogurt or plain yogurt
  • Mayonnaise
  • Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper
Salmon Salad

Texture key: yogurt and mayo make a creamy sauce

The secret to the texture in this salmon salad sandwich? Greek yogurt! Using yogurt in combination with mayo makes the salmon salad ultra creamy while keeping the calories low. It also makes the flavor fresh instead of heavy! You can also use plain yogurt as a stand-in for Greek. Mayo and yogurt work perfectly together to create creamy sauces: we also use this trick in our classic Tuna SaladHealthy Ranch Dressing, and more.

Want a dairy-free salmon sandwich? Skip the yogurt and use 3 tablespoons mayonnaise total.

Ways to serve a salmon salad sandwich

You can slap salmon salad onto any old bread. But to make a killer salmon salad sandwich, quality bread is key! Use artisan-style bread for a top quality result. Keep in mind you can also serve salmon salad over greens as an alterative or a gluten-free option. Here are a few ideas for making this sandwich shine:

Sandwich mix-ins and topping ideas

The other way to innovate on a sandwich is the topping ideas! We like keeping this salmon salad sandwich simple with lettuce and possibly a tomato slice, if we have one on hand. Want to get fancier? Add one of these toppings or mix-ins to your sandwich:

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill or basil add herbaceous notes to the salmon salad
  • 1 tablespoon grated or shredded Parmesan cheese elevates the flavors in the salad
  • Lettuce or baby arugula
  • Microgreens
  • Shredded carrots
  • Sliced tomato
  • Mayonnaise or mustard spread on the bread
  • Pickled red onions
  • Pickles
  • Avocado slices
Salmon salad sandwich

And that’s it! Let us know how you decide to build or customize this sandwich. We hope it becomes a lunch standby like it has for us!

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This salmon salad sandwich recipe is…

Pescatarian. For dairy-free, use mayo instead of Greek yogurt.

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Salmon Salad Sandwich


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 sandwiches 1x

Description

A salmon salad sandwich is a quick and easy lunch idea! Creamy and savory, it’s a tasty spin on the classic tuna.


Ingredients

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  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 1 dill pickle, finely chopped (¼ cup)
  • 1 5-ounce can salmon (2/3 cup cooked flaked salmon)
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt or plain yogurt*
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 4 slices bread
  • Lettuce leaves, tomato, etc: for garnish

Instructions

  1. Prep the celery, red onion and dill pickle as noted above.
  2. Drain the salmon and place it in a medium bowl: mash it lightly with a fork. Add the chopped vegetables, capers, Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, and kosher salt and stir to combine. Taste and add more salt if desired. 
  3. If desired, spread the bread with mayonnaise. Add lettuce or other sandwich toppings. Spread the salmon salad onto one half of the bread and top with the other slice of bread. 

Notes

*For dairy free, skip the yogurt and use 3 total tablespoons mayonnaise: add more to taste if desired.

  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: No cook
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Salmon salad sandwich

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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