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Poached Salmon Pasta Salad

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As much as I love all Italian food and it’s mixture of rich deep dishes and light simple ones, sometimes serving cold pasta is what hits the spot especially if it’s this salmon pasta salad!

Poached salmon pasta salad in a garlic dressing

As summer starts to beat down on us and the dusty grill covers get lifted off, the temptation to eat al fresco returns. I love eating outdoors including any time we go camping. It doesn’t have to be a fancy pants dinner but It always seems way more relaxed under the stars. My barbecue grill and smoker get their workout for sure and I’m looking into making my own outdoors pizza oven.

Before I became a stay-at-home dad I worked in food service. I remember making huge containers of pasta salads and  always selling out of them first. I recently found a stash of recipes from those days in the store, so you can bet you’ll be seeing a lot more simple summer salads coming at ya! Cold pasta salads are always a hit for back yard parties- easy, fast to make, simple ingredients and you can make a huge bowl that can easily last the whole party.  Pasta salads are also a great pot luck item, just turn up and put the bowl on the table to go back later and see it empty -voila, you’re a hero!

White wine poached salmon pasta saladI poached my salmon but you could just as easily grill it or sear it in a pan. Poaching is low maintenance, just chuck it in the oven set the timer and go skateboarding with your kid (like I did). I brought a new board home from Hawaii and Miranda fell in love with it. Today was her birthday so what to get her was pretty easy to figure out.

Try this salmon pasta salad, you’ll love it…

Fresh and summery salmon pasta salad

Poached Salmon Pasta Salad
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
For The Dressing
  1. 2 tbsp lemon juice
  2. 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  3. 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  4. 1 tsp dry mustard powder
  5. 3/4 tsp minced garlic
  6. 1 tsp chopped fresh dill
  7. 1/2 tsp dried tarragon
  8. 1/2 cup olive oil
  9. Salt and pepper to taste
For The salad
  1. 12 ounce salmon
  2. 1/2 cup white wine
  3. 1 cup water
  4. 8 ounce uncooked penne pasta
  5. 3/4 cup peeled and diced cucumber
  6. 2 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  7. 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  8. 2 tbsp plus 1 tsp capers
  9. 1 tbsp lemon zest
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Add all of the dressing ingredients to a bowl and whisk until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Place the salmon on a baking dish and add the water and the wine to it. Season with salt and pepper and place in the oven.
  4. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until slightly firm to the touch.
  5. Cook pasta per directions on the pack. Drain and set aside.
  6. Once the salmon is cooked let cool and then crumble gently into a separate dish, set aside at least 2 cups of it.
  7. Place all of the other ingredients in a large bowl and gently toss together.
  8. Add the salmon to the bowl and add the dressing in stages, mixing well until you feel you have enough dressing mixed in.
  9. Garnish with some more fresh chopped dill sprinkled on top. Serve at once or store in the fridge.
Adapted from Wild Oats Market
Adapted from Wild Oats Market
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27 comments


  • This looks so good!! I love all the colors and Salmon and pasta are one of my favorite combos! Great pictures + great recipes!

    May 19, 2013
  • Love pasta salads, this looks so vibrant and tasty!

    May 19, 2013
  • Perfect summer salad. I love salmon but never think to add it to anything! This sounds amazing Gerry!!

    May 20, 2013
  • Perfect for the upcoming holiday!

    May 20, 2013
  • A very fresh and summery dish ,Gerry.

    May 20, 2013
  • What a delicious, vibrant looking summer pasta salad! I love the sound of your lemon dressing too. The perfect accompaniment!

    May 20, 2013
    • foodnessgracious

      Thanks Georgia, I appreciate it :)

      May 20, 2013
  • You had me at salmon! Shut the front door this looks fantastic!

    May 20, 2013
  • Salmon and me are total besties! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

    May 20, 2013
    • foodnessgracious

      A great bestie to have :)

      May 20, 2013
  • I know already that my family will enjoy this salmon pasta salad! We’re big salmon fan and quick and delicious pasta dish is always welcome. Your dressing is really refreshing and sounds like a perfect match with the salmon. I need to go get good salmon and make this! Thanks for sharing the recipe, Gerry!

    May 20, 2013
    • foodnessgracious

      Thanks Nami!

      May 20, 2013
  • I love this! And it seems like it would be even better the next day

    May 20, 2013
    • foodnessgracious

      Your totally right, I’m having some for lunch right now and just drizzled some avocado oil on it to loosen it up :)

      May 20, 2013
  • This looks delicious! Perfect for summertime. I just bought a bunch of salmon at Costco yesterday, so I think I know what I’ll be doing with some of it ;). Thanks for sharing this!

    May 20, 2013
  • nessa

    I love salmon with pasta! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

    May 20, 2013
  • I love pasta salad in the Summer (…OK, always), and this salmon version just looks dreamy!

    May 20, 2013
  • I’m all about cold pasta salads in the summer too! This looks delish! Love the salmon!

    May 20, 2013
  • Gerry, Gerry, Gerry. This is absolutely beautiful. I can’t wait to try it – and can’t wait for all the new summer pasta salad recipes. The photos are beautiful, the flavor just pops off the screen!

    May 21, 2013
  • I HATE salmon…well all fish. Love other seafood though.

    But anyway, my family LOVES salmon so I’m excited to make this for them! It sounds like a great recipes. Pinned it.

    May 21, 2013
  • A good pasta salad can do wonders. And anything with poached salmon makes me smile. I can’t wait to try this. We don’t have AC in our house, so I’ll be all the more grateful for something cool in the months to come!

    May 21, 2013
  • I love cold pasta too! And I do poach salmon so this is a great meal for us!

    May 22, 2013
  • ANN

    Looking for cold buffet dishes for a celebration and this looks good. How many do you think this would feed as an extra?

    June 28, 2013
    • foodnessgracious

      Hi Ann, this would feed about 4-5 as a generous sized scoop…maybe 6. Hope this helps and have a great celebration!

      June 28, 2013
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    October 15, 2013
  • This looks amazing, Gerry! Pinned!

    March 06, 2014
  • This salad looks insanely amazing and pretty healthy too! I might have to add this on my list.

    May 21, 2014

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