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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.

Ingredients: 

1 (avg. 1.5 lbs) salmon fillet 
Salt
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

Directions 

  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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