Curried Salmon Salad: Perfect as Leftovers or for Busy Meal Prepping Families
This curried salmon recipe makes for great leftovers on busy weeknights when you don't have the time or energy to cook for your family. Our curried salmon salad is perfect if you are a meal prepper too. Cold salmon salad gives you a protein-packed and nutritious meal for the entire family.
How to Make Salmon Salad Ahead of Time:
Wild-caught Alaska salmon is one of the few types of fish that are delicious served cold. For that reason, you can prepare most Alaska salmon types ahead of time or in bulk and save them for cold leftovers. Cold salmon salad recipes feature your favorite recipes and marinades for salmon combined with fresh greens, tangy herbs, and a zesty salad dressing.
While there are endless combinations for mouth-watering fresh salmon salad, our favorite mix for a healthy salmon salad recipe uses the flavors and aromas of curry to bring out the richness in the Alaska salmon.
Get out the Tupperware and get ready to prep a week's worth of flavor-packed and high protein curried salmon salad.
The Best Salmon Salad Recipe?
The beautiful thing about Alaska salmon recipes is that you can never grow tired of the possible flavor combinations. Salmon lends itself to spicy and sweet flavor profiles, and you can cook salmon quickly and easily. Depending on your favorite seasonings and flavors, we can help you find a salmon recipe that you'll love.
We always recommend wild-caught Alaska salmon for its superior flavor, texture, and nutritional profile. Wild Alaska salmon oil provides more omega-3 fatty acids than its farmed salmon counterparts. With wild Alaska salmon, you get unbeatable flavor and nutrition.
We offer all varieties of wild-caught salmon:
For this recipe, we are featuring our wild-caught Alaskan sockeye salmon.
What is sockeye salmon?
Wild Alaskan sockeye salmon, also known as red sockeye salmon, is known for its deep red color, high oil content, and spectacular flavor. When cooking sockeye salmon, you can feel free to use harsher cooking methods such as grilling and pan-searing. The high-oil content of sockeye salmon protects the fish from overcooking resulting in a buttery flavored and flakey textured fish.
We have an entire database of Alaska salmon recipes. But if you're looking for a great way to meal prep with seafood, you have to try this recipe for salmon salad.
Global Seafoods Curried Salmon Recipe
If you're planning on making this recipe ahead of time for later in the week, we recommend that you prepare the salad greens, salmon, and the dressing all separately and combine them just before eating. If you plan on eating this easy salmon salad recipe right away, you don't need to worry about risking soggy greens.
Alaska Salmon Curried Salad:
- 2 lbs. of Sockeye salmon Fillets
- 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice (fresh squeezed is best)
- 4 Tablespoons of fresh chopped herbs (Oregano blends best with curry)
- 1-2 Teaspoons of curry powder (a blend of ground turmeric, coriander, cumin, ginger, and black pepper).
- 2 Tablespoons of high-quality olive oil
- 3 Teaspoons of soy sauce
**Cooking oil spray to prevent sticking**
Directions for How to Cook Sockeye Salmon:
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
- Spray a 9x13in baking pan with cooking spray to prevent the salmon from sticking.
- In a small bowl, combine the marinade for the salmon: Lemon juice, olive oil, chopped herbs, curry powder, soy sauce, salt and pepper to taste.
- Place your salmon fillets (frozen or thawed) in a gallon-sized zip lock bag and pour the marinade over the salmon. Be sure to seal the bag.
- Gently swirl the bag around to make sure the marinade coats the salmon evenly. Place the salmon in the fridge for 15-30 minutes.
- After marinating, place the salmon and the marinade in the prepared baking pan and put them in the oven.
- Bake the salmon fillets for 12-15 minutes. You can cook salmon from partially frozen. Add an extra 3-5 minutes if your salmon fillets are frozen.
- Your salmon is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees, is slightly flaky, and feels somewhat firm to the touch. Be sure not to overcook your salmon. The flavor deteriorates when overcooked.
- Set your salmon aside to cool. You can package your salmon up in airtight containers for later in the week or set it aside while you combine the remaining salad ingredients.
Ingredients for the Salad Greens:
- 4 cups of your favorite salad greens (kale, baby lettuce, arugula, spinach, butter lettuce, or any combination of your favorite greens.
- 1/4 red onion sliced thinly.
- *Optional* 2 cups of cooked couscous or quinoa for added texture.
Combine the salad ingredients and toss gently. Divide these salad greens into four containers or serving dishes.
Curried Dressing Ingredients:
- 2 Tablespoons of high-quality olive oil
- 2 teaspoons of curry powder
- Juice from two lemons
- 2 teaspoons of honey or maple syrup
- 2-3 tablespoons of soy sauce
- Fresh cracked pepper
Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl whisk until well blended. Alternatively, you can combine the dressing ingredients into a mason jar, cover with the lid, and shake until blended—the mason jar doubles as a storage container for your dressing.
Putting Your Wild Alaska Salmon Salad Together:
If you plan on eating your salad, immediately follow these steps:
- Once cooled, flake your salmon with a fork
- Plate up your salad greens onto four serving plates
- Place about 8 oz of salmon on each salad.
- Lightly drizzle your salmon salad with the curry dressing to taste.
If you plan on saving the curried salmon salad for later in the week:
- Store your salad greens, dressing, and salmon in separate containers to avoid soggy greens. We recommend four separate Tupperware containers for the salad, small baggies to portion out the salmon, and four small tight-lidded containers for the dressing.
- Portion about 8 oz of salmon into four different baggies.
- Place your salmon, salad, and dressing in the fridge until you're ready to eat.
This grab and go sockeye salmon recipe made with wild sockeye salmon is an easy meal to prepare ahead of time and save for later in the week. When you get busy and need a healthy protein-packed meal, your low-calorie salmon salad is all ready to go.
Salmon Salad Calories:
One of the best things about this easy and quick salmon salad recipe is that it's packed full of nutrition from the salad greens and the salmon. Greens are low in calories and full of essential vitamins and nutrients. The optional grains like couscous or quinoa add a bit of fiber and bulk to your salad to keep you fuller longer.
Sockeye Salmon Nutrition:
One 8 oz portion of sockeye salmon has 381 calories, 59 grams of protein, and 16 grams of fat (omega-3s). Sockeye salmon is high in Vitamins D, B6, B12, Potassium, and Magnesium.
The FDA recommends that adults aim for 2-3 portions of heart healthy seafood per week. The FDA also recommends that children eat 1-2 portions of heart healthy salmon each week.
Salmon salad is a great way to ensure you are eating enough seafood to meet your recommended nutrition goals.
When you order wild-caught sockeye salmon from Seafood Market, you can order sockeye salmon in 10 or 20 fillet portions. Your sockeye salmon arrives at your door over dry ice to ensure it remains still frozen. Simply place your salmon order back into your freezer or take out a few fillets to start cooking with right away.
We make it easier to have high-quality wild-caught seafood delivered right to your door. With Global Seafoods, there is no need to make a separate trip to the fish market, if you even have a fish market. Global Seafoods wants everyone to have access to fantastic seafood, no matter where you live.
Alternatives to Salad Greens:
We all know that salads can grow tiresome. This curried salmon salad recipe and dressing would pair perfectly with curried quinoa for a quinoa salmon salad.
Combine the cold salmon and curry dressing with some cold pasta for a healthy salmon pasta salad.
Throw cold salmon on top of greens, rice, pasta, quinoa, and more for an endless combination of healthy seafood meals that you can make ahead of time to save money and still eat well.
Ordering Wild-Caught Seafood with Global Seafoods:
This salmon salad recipe and our many other seafood recipes give you all the tools you need to recreate delicious and healthy seafood meals right in your kitchen.
With our database of seafood recipes and information, you will be well on your way to improving your health and nutrition using only the best wild-caught seafood available.
When you order from Global Seafoods, you get to choose from our curated menu of seafood, shellfish, and seafood products. We source only the best wild-caught seafood from our expertly vetted fishers. We promise you will love our seafood, or you can contact us for a refund. Our carefully planned shipping process ensures top-quality and still-frozen seafood arrives at your door quickly.