Chilled Pasta Salad with Sockeye Salmon and Creamy Herbed Dressing

Posted by : Wild For Salmon   /  

Summer days may be heating up, but this light and tasty pasta salad will help you keep your cool. Wild-caught sockeye salmon is poached (baked, grilled, etc.), combined with pre-cooked pasta, and tossed in a flavorful dressing. You can have this ready to go in 30 minutes, getting you out of that kitchen heat and back to your fave summer activities!


Serve this summer-y salad with mixed greens, fresh fruit, and the freshest veggies from your local farmer's market!

 This recipe serves 6, but it works just as well if you halve the ingredients.


1 (avg. 1.5 lbs) salmon fillet 
1 lb. ready cooked pasta (I used gemelli)
For the sauce:
1 cup fresh herbs (cilantro, parsley, dill all work well here)
1/4 cup chopped shallot
1-2 teaspoons Dijon mustard (I like mustard, so I use larger amount)
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons half and half
Pinch cayenne pepper
Ground black pepper


  1. Place salmon in a large skillet adding water just to cover (you may need to cut the fillet in half). Add about 2 teaspoons of salt to season. Bring to a boil and then immediately turn off the heat, cover, and let the salmon sit for 10 minutes. 
  2. After 10 minutes, transfer salmon to a plate, remove the skin, and place in freezer to chill.
  3. Follow preparation instructions on pasta package and then place in a strainer. Rinse under cold water to chill.
  4. To prepare the dressing, place herbs, shallots, mustard, mayo, yogurt, half and half and cayenne in a food processor. Blend until smooth, then season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Break the salmon into chunks. In a large bowl, combine pasta, salmon, and dressing and toss lightly to combine.

Recipe adapted from Katie Workman for the Associated Press.

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