This creamy Canned Salmon Salad is packed with protein, healthy fats, and zesty, fresh flavours. Made with with tender canned salmon, high-protein greek yogurt (no mayo in sight!), crisp celery, red onion, a generous sprinkle of fresh dill, and a touch of olive oil, dijon, garlic, and lemon. Pair it with crackers for dipping, or serve it up in a sandwich or wrap for a quick, easy, and healthy lunch.

salmon salad made with canned salmon in a dish plated with crackers and cucumber slices

Forget tuna salad, canned salmon salad is where it’s at!

I’m always looking for new ways to use canned salmon because it’s affordable and super-nutritious. I’m also always trying to come up with tasty and healthy lunch recipes, because let’s be real – no one likes a boring lunch.

This canned salmon lunch idea covers both of those bases! If you’re wondering what to do with canned salmon in your pantry, this recipe is a great way to do that. It’s also a highly nutritious, protein-packed lunch option that you only need 10 minutes to make.

Oh, and did I mention that it’s delicious? Because it’s chalk-full of fresh and delicious flavours, too.

If you’re into this recipe, you might also be into this Healthy Tuna Salad with Hummus! Or, try my tasty Grilled Maple Salmon Salad or Healthy & CREAMY Tuna Pasta Salad!

salmon salad made with canned salmon in a dish plated with crackers and cucumber slices

Is Canned Salmon Healthy?

Absolutely! I’m a Registered Dietitian here to assure you that canned salmon is indeed a healthy option with a variety of nutrition benefits, which include:

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Canned salmon is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which are essential for heart and brain health.
  • High in Protein: It is a great protein source, which promotes muscle repair and growth, and keeping you feeling full and satisfied.
  • Calcium and Vitamin D: Canned salmon contains soft, edible bones, providing a natural source of calcium and vitamin D, which are crucial for bone health.

In addition to the health benefits, canned salmon is easy to store, has a long shelf life, and requires no cooking, making it a convenient and quick addition to meals. It’s also a more affordable option compared to fresh salmon.

recipe ingredients in bowls on a wooden board

How to Make this Canned Salmon Salad with No Mayo:

This canned salmon salad recipe uses no mayo whatsoever. Instead, we use plain Greek yogurt for that traditional creamy texture (Greek yogurt has more protein than mayo or regular yogurt, too!)

For fresh, tangy flavour we add fresh dill, dijon mustard, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil, too.

Here’s how to make it:

How to Serve Canned Salmon Salad:

My favourite way to serve this salmon salad is with crackers for dipping. You can also dip vegetables like cucumber slices, celery sticks, and carrot sticks in it.

Alternatively, you can use it to make a delicious salmon salad sandwich or a salmon salad wrap.

Meal Prep and Storage:

The recipe below makes 2-3 servings. If you are meal prepping, you can double the recipe so you have salmon salad prepared for the week ahead.

The salad with keep in the fridge up to 4 days in a sealed container. I recommend storing the salmon salad separately from any bread, crackers, or wraps to prevent them from getting soggy.

salmon salad made with canned salmon in a dish plated with crackers and cucumber slices

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I hope you love this recipe as much as I do. If you try it, let me know what you think by leaving a rating and a review in the comments below.

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salmon salad made with canned salmon in a dish plated with crackers and cucumber slices

10-Minute Healthy Canned Salmon Salad (No Mayo!)

This creamy Canned Salmon Salad is packed with protein, healthy fats, and zesty, fresh flavours. Made with with tender canned salmon, high-protein greek yogurt (no mayo in sight!), crisp celery, red onion, a generous sprinkle of fresh dill, and a touch of olive oil, dijon, garlic, and lemon. Pair it with crackers for dipping, or serve it up in a sandwich or wrap for a quick, easy, and healthy lunch.
5 from 1 rating

Ingredients

Canned Salmon Salad:

  • 6 oz. can canned salmon, boneless, drained
  • 1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, (approx. 1 large stalk), finely chopped

Salmon Salad Dressing:

Instructions 

  • Add the drained salmon, chopped celery and chopped red onion to a medium mixing bowl.
    canned salmon mixed with chopped celery and red onion in a mixing bowl
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine all of the salmon salad dressing ingredients and whisk together until smooth and well-combined.
    Creamy dressing for canned salmon salad in a bowl.
  • Add the dressing mixture to the bowl with salmon, celery, and onion, and mix well to combine.
    Canned salmon salad with a greek yogurt dill dressing in a large mixing bowl.
  • Serve the canned salmon salad on a sandwich or wrap, or with crackers and/or vegetables for dipping. Enjoy!
    salmon salad made with canned salmon in a dish plated with crackers and cucumber slices
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