Wild Red Salmon Salad

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I’m sharing this wild salmon salad sandwich in the Sandwich Round-Up. Like many of my dishes, it is simple. I like simple. Sometimes, when I see gourmet dishes with someone’s special flair, I feel a bit sheepish that everything I do is pretty basic. That extra flair is special and unique and definitely a gift I do not possess! And while I can appreciate and admire that in someone else’s cooking, it doesn’t mean coming back to simple ingredients is any less satisfying, healthy, or worth doing. That’s my little pep talk to myself; thanks for listening! :)

For awhile now, we’ve been getting Vital Choice canned wild red (sockeye) salmon. At first, I just wanted to try it out. We’d been buying other wild salmon. The Vital Choice salmon is different — better different. Previously, Jeff had asked me not to give him wild salmon for his packed lunch, to avoid spreading a fishy smell in his office. The Vital Choice salmon isn’t fishy. The first time we ate it, Jeff said, without my asking, “Now this kind of fish you can pack in my lunch.” (It is in his lunch today, as a matter of fact.)

I choose the red (sockeye) salmon in the traditional style which includes edible bones and skin for more calcium. Can you see any bones or skin in my sandwich up there? Exactly. They’re there to give you the benefit, but no one knows it when the salmon is all mixed up. In addition, the wild red (sockeye) salmon provides abundant amounts of Vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, including EPA and DHA.

We’ve continued to buy the wild red salmon from Vital Choice because we like it so much. It is more spendy, but not much. Buy 24 of the 7.5 ounce cans for $94 (shipping is free if you add $5 more to your cart) and that works out to $3.92 per can, compared with $3.23 for the Red Head Wild Red Salmon from Azure. Please note that I am an affiliate for Vital Choice; I gladly support a company that provides high-quality foods such as this canned wild red salmon.

Anyway, so my “recipe” for Wild Salmon Salad is…

  • 2 cans wild red salmon, drained
  • handful of small diced cubes of raw cheese (optional)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons homemade mayonnaise*
  • pinches of salt, to taste
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of dried garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried dill

Combine all ingredients and mix gently. No need to mash it, leave it flaky. Adjust seasonings to taste. We love to eat this on Erin’s sourdough English muffins spread with more homemade mayonnaise.

*My mayonnaise has a bit of mustard in it; otherwise, I would add 1/2 teaspoon of Dijon mustard to the salmon salad, too.

What about you? How do you like to eat salmon? What do put in your salmon salad? Have you tried the wild red salmon (or other fish) from Vital Choice?

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    • says

      Megan – I keep them in and mix it all up – they don’t even show – look in the picture. Do you see any? I think it is a great lunch, too! I give it to my husband about once per week and sometimes for the kids and I when we have a day out. We also usually have a family meal once on the weekends with this salmon. So good!

  1. says

    I haven’t tried anything from Vital Choice but I hope to in the near future. I love your pep talk to yourself. As you know, I do mostly simple too and am almost embarrassed sometimes to post my pictures of our simple foods. I don’t even have cute garnishes on my stuff :-) You should know Wardee, that many of the items I make each week are things I get off your site. Your simple foods work for me!
    .-= Millie @ Real Food for Less Money´s last blog post… Quick and Easy Lunch or Light Dinner Ideas =-.

    • says

      Thanks, Millie. You and I have alot in common. I would love to spend a week at your house and eat your simple foods. Everything I’ve tried of yours has been wonderful. We especially like your butterscotch rice…. mmm….

  2. says

    Hey, if you haven’t already, you should definitely include Kara Bagley’s tuna melts! They are fabulous. Our family will really enjoy your recipe as well, I’m sure! Thanks. Salmon is one of my boys’ favorites.
    .-= April´s last blog post… Getting Started =-.

  3. says

    Wardee, last year I bought a case of canned salmon from a local fishing family and we are almost done with it. We eat canned salmon salad sandwiches all the time just like this and I love the crunchy bits from the bones. Maybe I’m weird though. These look great! But salmon/tuna melts sound really good too…
    .-= Sustainable Eats´s last blog post… Happy Earth Day! =-.

  4. says

    Annette (Sustainable Eats) – How great you can get great wild salmon from a local fishing family. I was thinking today how nice that would be for us. Since I saw that hippie fishmonger Captain Jack, my mind has been turning to wondering what other options I have locally. I like the crunchy bits, too, and melts… mmm…

    • Marie-Ange_the_Celt says

      Ohhhhhh I hate those bones so much.. Tasted them once without knowing what it was… suddenly my parents fish soup tasted horrible, and I din’t know why. I still feel the taste of that in my mouth and just finds it disgusting ! It’s not the texture but the taste I can’t stand. What can I do ? I wanted so much use the organic canned salmon I bought some weeks ago. ANy ideas ?

  5. says

    I just made a salmon pate today that I’ll stuff into sausages tomorrow – amazing. Salmon, egg white, cream, salt, pepper and chives. I’m thinking it would also make nice hand pies or little tiny tarts if I had time.

    The salmon is caught in Alaska. They do also fish Puget Sound but after reading about toxin levels I’m choosing to only buy their Alaska caught fish. It’s so sad!

  6. Holly Michele says

    We don’t eat any fish from China anymore. Our salmon is wild alaskan salmon from the Bear & Wolf company and is a product of the USA. Bear & Wolf is distributed through Trident Seafoods, Corp which provides sustainable, USA sources of fish. We buy the Bear & Wolf from Costco at $8.99 for 6 cans at 6 oz each. There is no fishy smell, no bones or skin. We LOVE this salmon and use it in many of our dishes. I prefer to make simple dishes, too, Wardee! We follow the K.I.S.S. rule in our kitchen, as in Keep It Super Simple!

  7. says

    Holly – That is a GREAT deal on salmon- oh, my! There’s a Costco coming to town but I was not going to sign up… perhaps will consider now! Do they have a version WITH bones/skin?

  8. Holly Michele says

    Yes, Costco offers a version with the bones and skin, but I don’t know what brand it is. I’ve tried with the bones before and even if the bones are edible, I’m not able to handle it going done my throat so well. I must be really picky. lol

  9. says

    Being a dry-land gal, this is new to me. I rarely buy canned fish because I don’t know what is good – but it would definitely be easier to get than the real thing. I’ll be looking into this. Salmon is a family favorite and I think they would enjoy Salmon Salad! Yumm!

  10. says

    Wardee –
    I was looking at the Vital Choice website. Is their tuna good? And if so, which one – there were so many choices. I did find the salmon. I love the free shipping for large orders!! How do you get credit for my purchase? Do you have a link I need to go through? Thanks!

    • says

      Connie – I have not tried the tuna, but I’m sure it is good. :) In order for me to get credit for your order, place your order after clicking on one of the Vital Choice links up in my post. That’s it!

  11. Kay says

    I see I am 5 years late posting a comment but I just found you… Made the Salmon Salad today and delicious… I added chopped pickles and chopped nuts… Instead of bread, I used a lettuce leaf… So good and so healthy…
    Thanks for sharing…

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