Springtime Salmon Salad Recipe
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Springtime Salmon Salad Recipe

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Here's a wonderful main dish salad that's a delicious way to get my family to eat a combination of nutritious foods. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, undrained
  • 3 cups cut fresh asparagus (1-inch pieces)
  • 1 package (5 ounces) spring mix salad greens
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 3/4 pound smoked salmon fillet, flaked
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 393 calories, 24 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 1029 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 23 g protein.


  1. Drain oranges, reserving 1/4 cup juice. Set oranges aside. In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups water to a boil. Add asparagus; cover and boil for 3 minutes. Drain and immediately place asparagus in ice water. Drain and pat dry.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the salad greens, asparagus, oranges, almonds and peas. Divide among four serving plates. Top with salmon.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients and reserved juice; drizzle over salads. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Springtime Salmon Salad in Simple & Delicious March/April 2010, p26

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Apr. 1, 2016

"This is a favorite of mine. I do add all of the reserved juice to the dressing and add extra lemon to suit our tastes. Light and perfect!"

Reviewed Apr. 10, 2013

"Made this the day it arrived in my email. Well worth it. The only change I made was to use Romaine lettuce because that is all I had on hand. The rest was ready to go. Great for a light meal. The dressing is light, but flavorful. Make sure you chill the asparagus in ice water thoroughly. It is the perfect texture. Not soggy, but still firm. Can't wait to make this again with mixed greens."

Reviewed Apr. 8, 2013

"I rarely read a recipe and want to make it right away. Or maybe I don't have all the indigence in the house. I made it for lunch today and will make it again through out the summer. The only thing I did not have was mandarin oranges but did have sweet navel oranges so sectioned one and used that. I used boneless canned salmon drained it will and flaked it. I am sure the smoked salmon does add a much deeper flavor and will try that the next time. But, excellent combinations of textures and flavors."

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