Smoked Salmon Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

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Smoked Salmon Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

I was recently asked to write a guest post by Sandra for her blog Sandra’s Easy Cooking.  I don’t know how to describe my excitement when she requested me.  If you haven’t heard of her blog before, please take a moment to visit her site now and say hello.  I’m sure you will find many recipes that you would love to try from her wonderful recipe collection.  Take your time, and I’ll be here waiting for you. :)

Smoked Salmon Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

And now, if you arrived here on my website from Sandra’s Easy Cooking, welcome!  I’m sincerely happy that you took the time to visit me!  I hope you find a recipe or two that you are interested in trying from my website.  Sandra and I are both a stay-at-home mom who enjoy cooking for the family, and you probably find some similarity between our blogs, like easy recipes or food that kids enjoy, etc.

Back to the main topic, let’s talk about today’s recipe.  This salad is really easy to make and you can serve this dish as an appetizer or side dish to your summer BBQ meal.  Hope you enjoy it!

Smoked Salmon Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

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Smoked Salmon Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
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Serves: 4
  • ½ sweet onion
  • 1 lemon for zest and juice
  • 1 lemon for decoration
  • Mixed green salad or red leaf lettuce
  • 6 oz (170 g) smoked salmon
  • Freshly ground black pepper
Lemon Vinaigrette
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon zest
  • ½ tsp. garlic salt with parsley
  • ¼ tsp. lemon pepper (I use one from Trader Joe’s) or freshly ground black pepper
  1. Slice the onion with a slicer.
  2. Soak the sliced onion in cold water for 15 minutes. Drain and squeeze water out. Pat dry with paper towels and set aside.
  3. Zest the lemon and keep this lemon for juice.
  4. Slice the other lemon with a slicer. If you press the lemon against the slicer, you can get nice thin slices.
  5. In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for Lemon Vinaigrette and whisk all together.
  6. Spread mixed green salad on a plate and put sliced onion on top.
  7. Put smoked salmon and sprinkle additional pepper.
  8. Place some sliced lemons and keep in the fridge until ready to serve. Pour the Lemon Vinaigrette right before serving.
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    • Hi Sawsan! Thank you… it’s really easy and this is my son’s favorite salad for the past 3 months! LOL. I hope you enjoy it. :-)

  1. Nami, this smoked salmon dish looks so delicious and healthy! I love the fresh, vibrant flavors you used and the gorgeous colors. Wonderful salad! I’ll be saving this to try sometime soon. Thanks for sharing and of course, for stopping by my blog and leaving such sweet comments. :) It’s always so nice to hear from you.

    • Thank you Georgia! Oh I love your blog! Even though I try hard or harder, I don’t think I can cook and take nice pictures like you – like one from magazines. I just go “wow…” for every post you share. So, my comments are from my heart. :-)

  2. Hi Gina! Thank you for visiting my site and leaving a comment! :-) It’s great to meet a new blogger and I’m on my way to your blog. 😉

    • Thank you Tanvi! Well, this dish is easy and I can cook for you anytime! I would be more than happy if you live near me so I can try your delicious food. Deal. 😉

    • Hi CG! And with the slicer, you can slice the lemon so thin that we can actually eat together with the salmon….so good! Again, thank you so much for making Totoro Lunchbox… I shared it on my facebook, and hope everyone went to look at your blog. :-)

    • Hi Lindsey! Yes, Sandra’s site is great. I always find something I want to eat there. Me too, I love lemon taste. I didn’t like that much when I was younger. Don’t know what happened but I appreciate lemon taste even more. :-)

  3. I LOVE Sandra’s cooking. Oh yum! Your smoked salmon salad looks soo good.. can I come for lunch… or dinner…. or any meal!? :) You present your food in such a delicious way!

    • Thanks Allie! Haha of course! It’ll be fun to hang out with you! You have so much energy that my kids and you can kill out each other… just kidding. 😉 Thank you Allie. :-)

  4. Congratulations on your guest post over at Sandra’s blog! Well deserved Nami !!! What a yummy dish, I love smoked salmon and it always reminds of summer! I love your photos, they are so colorful and cheerful! Thanks for yet another great recipe Nami! :-)

  5. You’re going to make me want to try Salmon! It’s a beatiful dish and Congrats on this guest post. Big thanks to you too Sandra!

    • Hi Maris! I’m glad you like the recipe. Haha, thank you Maris. :-) Thanks to Sandra, I realized guest post is a nice way of networking.

    • Hi Xinmei! Thank you. Sandra is not only a great blogger, but she’s also a great person. That’s why I think we like to follow her. :-) I’m really glad I found you too!

  6. Mika

    Wow, this looks good and easy to prepare! I can even see this dish as a main dish when I don’t feel like eating too much ; )

  7. This is great! I love the refreshing fragrant of lemon spreading on top of those lovely salmon. I am sure this can be a great starter :)

    • Hi Ellena! Yep, definitely a nice starter. My son loves this dish so much so we’ve been eating this salad on a few occasions already. 😀

  8. Hi Mindy! Thank you for your kind words. :-) Yes Sandra is such an amazing woman! I’m really honored that she asked me for guest post. I’m glad I found your website too! It’s great to be connected like this. I have to thank Sandra for that.. :-)

  9. Thank you for visiting my site! I’m glad you like my step-by-step pictures…although the recipe looks long, it seems like everyone likes the pictures to be included. :-) Thank you for your comment!

    • Hi Carolyn! I “wish” I can do a lot of the same thing foods, Carolyn…. You bake lots of yummy desserts and bread and everything… I can’t/don’t…. :-)

  10. Oh, Nami!!! This dish looks so fresh and appealing!! I love the brightness of it, and the lemon vinaigrette…well, I’ve been a bit lemon obsessed lately and that is right up my alley! Congratulations on a well deserved Top 9!!! Woo Hoo!!! =)

    • Hi Kim! I know! I’ve been “closely” following your lemon obsession because I really like lemon and citrus taste! Thank you for your kind words. :-)

  11. Nami, my husband woke my up this morning early to tell me that your beautiful dish is on top 9!!!! I am so extremely happy that you made it, Congrats!!!Enjoy your weekend..we will talk later :))

    • Hi Sandra! Thank you to your husband and thank you to you! Without being on your website, I wouldn’t be able to make it to Top9! I really appreciate your kindness. Thank you Sandra! :-)