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For years, one of my favorite salads ever was the Costco kale salad kit. You know the one I’m talking about – plenty of kale, loads of superfood greens, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and sweet poppy seed dressing. I often added smoked salmon to make it a complete meal. One day I looked at the ingredient list, and realized the dressing is loaded with sugar, soybean or canola oil, and preservatives — so I came up with my own using just the greens from the mix. This smoked salmon salad is healthy, just as easy as the kit, and perfect for an easy lunch!
This salad is a delicious way to recover after heavy meals, much like my detox soup. Plus, it stores as easily as my favorite layered salad, so I always have a healthy choice on hand — and it comes together fast!
Why You’ll Love This Smoked Salmon Salad Recipe
- Variety of flavors and textures
- Fresh, crunchy greens with creamy avocado and sweet blueberries
- Sweet, creamy poppy seed vinaigrette (that’s naturally sweetened!)
- Smoked salmon makes it a complete meal
- Ready in 10 minutes, with almost no chopping required
- Easy, healthy lunch idea!
Ingredients & Substitutions
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for smoked salmon with lemon vinaigrette dressing, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
- Sweet Kale Salad Mix – I like to buy a sweet kale salad kit and remove the add-ins it comes with, but you can use any salad mix you like, or just one type of leafy greens, such as baby spinach, arugula, or kale. You can also make your own by combining kale, green cabbage, red cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and chicory.
- Smoked Salmon – Buy cold smoked salmon, or use homemade lox. You could also use oven baked salmon instead (use leftovers or make it for the salad).
- Blueberries – For a burst of sweetness and antioxidants. Other berries, including homemade sugar-free dried cranberries, would taste delicious here.
- Pistachios – Add subtle crunch. You could also use walnuts or pecans, or sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds for nut-free options.
- Avocado – Cube into bite-sized pieces.
Smoked Salmon Salad Dressing:
- Mayonnaise – I make my own homemade mayo with avocado oil, but you can use your favorite store-bought version, too. The dressing does not contain any salt because I found the mayo to provide enough, but you can add it to taste if needed.
- Olive Oil – This recipe uses extra virgin olive oil, but you could also use any vegetable oil or salad oil you prefer.
- Lemon Juice – Squeeze fresh lemon juice for the best flavor, or use bottled for convenience. Apple cider vinegar or white vinegar make good substitutes if needed. You can also add a teaspoon of Dijon mustard to the dressing if you like.
- Garlic Powder – Use a high quality garlic powder for the best flavor.
- Honey – For natural sweetness. I usually make mine with sugar-free honey, but regular works as well. You can also use powdered sugar if your lifestyle allows, or any powdered sugar substitute you like. Granulated sweeteners might be a little grainy in a dressing, so just keep that in mind.
- Poppy Seeds – Optional, but they add a nice savory and nutty flavor to the dressing. If you omit them, I recommend at least adding black pepper.
How To Make Smoked Salmon Salad
This section shows how to make a smoked salmon avocado salad, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Combine smoked salmon salad ingredients. Toss salad mix, smoked salmon, and blueberries in a large bowl.
- Make dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together mayo, olive oil, lemon juice, honey, garlic powder, and poppy seeds, until emulsified.
- Combine. Drizzle the dressing and toss with the salad.
- Add nuts and avocado. Add the pistachios and cubed avocado, then toss again.
Place smoked salmon salad in an airtight container and store it in the fridge. It will stay fresh for up to 3 days. If possible, avoid adding the avocado and pistachios until right before eating, as the avocado will brown and nuts can lose their crunchy texture if stored with the dressing. If making the salad ahead, store the dressing separately.
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Smoked Salmon Salad Recipe
Smoked Salmon Salad (10 Minutes!)
This smoked salmon salad is made with avocado, blueberries, and salmon, and drizzled with creamy sweet vinaigrette. Done in 10 minutes!
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Sweet Kale Superfood Salad with Smoked Salmon & Avocado
Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing
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Serving size: 1 1/2 cups
Nutrition info is based on sugar-free honey, but you can use regular. Sugar content will be a little higher.
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