Thursday, April 30, 2009

Salmon Salad with Dill and Yogurt~

Looking through my recipe files today, I found a salad that I hadn't made for a couple of years. I used to make this salad when my daughters still lived at home. It's a springtime salad but hearty enough to be a main course salad. My husband enjoys it just as much as the women around him :) This salad and a nice glass of Chardonnay made for a wonderful meal tonight.

I had mine in a red pepper 'boat' but DH doesn't like peppers so he just had a heaping helping on a plate - it was so good!

I had found the recipe in a magazine years ago and, once again, I regret I cannot give credit. Even after trying to 'Google' the recipe I still couldn't find the same one. I love the addition of yogurt in the dressing which really helps cut down on calories and fat. The dill gives it a fresh, springtime taste.

The original recipe called for canned salmon but I find that it's very easy to poach a nice filet of salmon and the taste is so much better!

Here is the recipe:

Dilled Salmon Pasta Salad
Printable Recipe

Serves 4 as a main course salad


1 lb of farfalle (bowtie) pasta
1 lb salmon filet, poached
1-1/2 cups frozen peas
4-5 scallions, sliced thin
½ cup Hellman’s Light Mayonnaise
1 cup plain yogurt
2 tablespoons fresh dill weed or 2 teaspoons dried dill
Salt and Pepper


Poach salmon in a covered saute pan in approximately 1/2 cup water with a little salt and pepper for about 12-15 minutes (or until fish flakes easily with a fork).

Place frozen peas in a colander in the sink. Cook pasta according to package directions and drain over the peas in colander. Rinse with cold water, drain, and place in a large bowl.

Flake the poached salmon and add to the pasta and peas along with green onions.

In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, yogurt and dill. Pour over the salmon/pasta mixture, season with salt and pepper to taste and toss gently to combine.

Chill for at least 30 minutes before serving (if you can keep from eating it right out of the bowl!).


  1. I love the red bowls with the lions head on them they are really beautiful and unusual.

  2. This MEME was made for you, Ruby Red!
    Love all your reds, food and flowers and feathered friends..
    And look at you with your new gadgets! Very nice!!

  3. What pretty bowls. And the red pepper looks yummy.

  4. Your recipe looks yummy and your reds are all great. BUT...your header is beautiful! What a great way to welcome other's to your blog.

  5. Oh I am so glad to have some RED recipes and food Flaunted!!! I love all your REDS! All of the red dishes are GORGEOUS!!!
    Thank you so much for Flaunting your REDS!
    It has been a pleasure to visit with you and even you blog is RED!!! Nancy

  6. Nobody does Red like you, (Ruby). Pretty all around, inside and out. The salmon salad looks very, very good!

  7. The salad looks very good - not a big salmon fan but I can see trading that out for a number of other fish. chicken... a keeper!

    I was astonished that you were able to find anything red !! lol Absolutely gorgeous!!!

  8. Beautiful reds! I love red too!

    Thank you for sharing with us!

  9. Miss Ruby Red herself in all her rosy glory! Beautiful post :-) Your salad sounds delicious. I had a bit of potato salad today off of the "California Spa" bar at work that was similar. I haven't quite gotten the dressing down, but it has red potatoes and salmon in it. It's creamy but not mayonaissy..and seeing your recipe I'm guessing its yogurt!.

  10. OH MY!!! Your red is GORGEOUS!!! I love it all...the bowls are amazing...I want them!!! You must tell me where they are must!!!

    The salad looks like another winner from your long line of amazing winners!!! I love the idea of the salad in a bell pepper...YUMMY!!! My family is going to love you for inspiring all of my new recipes!!! Thank you sooo much!!!

    I hope you have a wonderful Friday!!!

  11. Over the top with red Susan! I don't if you knew that my previous kitchen had red countertops, white cabinets and a black and white tile floor :-) I love red too!

    I would love your salad too. Not Joe though :-(

  12. I expected to only see the pretty salad..I knew as soon as I saw the Flaunt Red..I knew I was you ARE red:)

    You are so good at attending these parties Susan~ Well done!

  13. The "Flaunt your Red" event is tailor made for you! I will have to go check out the others participating but I already know that noone can do red like you can! The photos of your reds leave me speechless. I wish you lived closer so we could meet for photography lessons ;)

    Salmon salad is a favorite here too and yours looks and sounds delicious.

  14. Oh honey can I come to your house for some good food and photo lessons:) Happy Cinco de Mayo.

  15. Susan, I definitely think that you have the red covered. :) ... You can never show too much red IMO.

    The salmon and dill salad is something that both John and I would like, and both of us would enjoy it served in the red pepper. We love dill and when serving salmon grilled or baked, I generally make a dill sauce to go with it. Thanks for a winning recipe.

  16. Thank you all, so much! It was fun to see all of the other red posts too!

    Cathy, the little red bowls are from Sur la Table :)


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