Tuna and chicken no longer have the salad game on lock. Salmon salad offers a fresh spin on a great old idea.
We love us some tuna salad. Homemade with lots of egg and mayo, or from one of our favorite sandwich shops like Cosi or Potbelly. We love to spread it on crackers, on toasted rolls or in a sandwich, it really doesn’t matter, because the tangy, sweet, easy-peasy treat is great no matter how you spin it. But as much as we like our no-frills tuna salad concoctions, even we get a little bored. Enter salmon salad.
We’re seeing this everywhere, featured on some of our favorite food blogs and even on the Food Network. The idea is to take something really cheap and accessible (i.e. tuna salad) and marry it something a little more like haute cuisine (i.e. the very elegant fish that is salmon), and voila! Recession-effected foodies have an uncomplicated dish with enough pizazz to not be embarassing (though we were never embarassed by our tuna fixation).
And the idea really is genius since salmon is a little healthier than tuna (all the Omega-3′s with less mercury). Check out some of the most delicious salmon salad recipes:
Paula Deen’s Salmon Salad. With onions, hard-boiled egg, cucumbers, and peppers this recipe is a very close cousin to the classic tuna salad recipe that you’re probably used to. Paula recommends serving it on lettuce, similar to how Anna’s Cool Finds blogger presented her salmon salad.
The Skinny Gourmet’s Salmon Salad. A little more high class, a little less down home, but still very appetizing. She uses celery, dill, capers and two types of vinegar for what we imagine is a more defined, biting flavor.
Allrecipes.com Salmon Salad. This site utilizes canned salmon, yogurt and fat-free mayonnaise for a recipe that boasts only 179 calories and about 7 grams of fat per serving.
– Whitney Teal
Have you ever tried salmon salad? How did it measure up to the classic tuna salad? Tell us what you think!
Photos courtesy Anna’s Cool Finds, The Skinny Gourmet and Allrecipes.com.