5-Minute Salmon Salad


All you need is 5 minutes of your time and 5 ingredients to make this flavorful and satisfying Salmon Salad. It’s the perfect recipe when you’re in need of a quick lunch and even makes for a tasty afternoon snack. It can be served in a variety of different ways – as a sandwich, a lettuce wrap, on top of cucumber slices, or on a bed of greens. This recipe can be made with canned salmon, leftover cooked salmon, or even canned tuna. Use what you have on hand, what’s on sale or what sounds best to you.

Salmon salad lettuce wrap with a side of carrot sticks and cucumbers all on a white plate with a gold fork and lemon wedge.

This 5-Minute Salmon Salad is here to save the day! A new go-to recipe for when life just gets busy.

People are busy but that doesn’t mean we can’t live a healthy life and eat wholesome and real foods. We’re here to bring you healthy recipes that can be made in a pinch like this 5-Minute Salmon Salad. This salad is Whole30 friendly, dairy-free, and gluten-free and provides a great source of protein as well as healthy fats which makes for a satisfying addition to a meal.

I almost always have canned salmon or tuna in my pantry. It’s an easy source of protein and there are countless ways you can add pizzaz to both canned salmon and canned tuna. In addition to this 5-Minute Salmon Salad recipe, you’ll also find me making Salmon Burgers or Tuna Cakes. Both are easy to make and oh-so-delicious!

A speckled white bowl holding all of the ingredients for the salmon salad.

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Ingredients for 5-Minutes Salmon Salad

  • Canned salmon – boneless and skinless canned salmon. For canned salmon, I like Wild Planet or Safe Catch. You could also use leftover cooked salmon or canned tuna.
  • Mayonnaise – I recommend an avocado oil mayo or homemade. While I like the taste of mayo best for this recipe, you could also use plain greek or regular yogurt. For egg-free, choose a vegan mayo or make with yogurt.
  • Celery – adds a nice crunch. You could also use carrots or peppers.
  • Onion – any kind of onion will work. Red, yellow, sweet, or green.
  • Dill – fresh or dried.
  • Black pepper
  • Lemon juice  – optional but recommended.

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A speckled white bowl holding the salmon salad that is laying on top of green leafy lettuce with a couple of lemon wedges.

How to make 5-Minute Salmon Salad

  • Step 1: drain the salmon and chop the onions and celery.
  • Step 2: in a bowl, combine the ingredients and mix well. Add additional mayo to reach your desired creaminess.
  • Step 3: Serve however you please.

Salmon salon on a lettuce leaf with a side of sweet potato chips all on a white plate.

Can I use fresh salmon instead of canned salmon? How about canned tuna?

Absolutely. All of the above work great! Canned salmon and canned tuna make for great pantry staples. I almost always have one or both on hand. So if you have canned tuna but no canned salmon, feel free to use the tuna. I also like to make Salmon Salad with leftover grilled, baked, or broiled salmon. Just use what you have on hand.

On a white plate, salmon Salad on a lettuce leaf with a gold fork holding a bite.

How to serve 5-Minutes Salmon Salad

There are several ways you can serve salmon salad so it’s really however you prefer.

  • Serve it in a traditional way as a salmon salad sandwich with your favorite bread.
  • Serve it in your favorite tortilla wrap such as our grain-free tortillas or corn tortillas.
  • Wrap it in a lettuce leaf (I like to add a sprinkle of feta cheese!).
  • Serve it on top of crackers or cucumber slices
  • Serve it on top of a bed of green.

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Salmon salad topped on a cucumber slice.

What is the best canned salmon?

This is a great question! When choosing a high-quality salmon I recommend you look for the following:

  • Sustainably caught
  • Tested for mercury
  • No additives
  • BPA-Free cans
  • Nothing added – only ingredients being salmon and possibly salt

Two reputable brands for their quality and taste are Safe Catch and Wild Planet.

For more info, check out this post on how to choose the safest seafood.

Salmon Salad served on a lettuce leaf with feta cheese sprinkled over top and a side of cucumber slices and carrots sticks all on a white plate.

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5-Minute Salmon Salad

All you need is a few minutes of your time and 5 ingredients to make this 5-minute salmon salad. This recipe is kid-friendly & great for a lunch or a snack. This recipe is Whole30 and paleo-friendly.

  • Author: Stacie Hassing
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad


  • 2 (5-6 oz) cans of salmon, drained
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 medium stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. finely chopped onion
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh dill or 1 tsp. dried dill
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice (optional)


  1. In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients and mix well. Add additional mayo to reach your desired consistency.
  2. Serve as a sandwich, in a lettuce wrap, on a bed of greens, on top of cucumber slices or cracker, or however you’d like!


Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.


  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 210
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 415 mg
  • Fat: 16 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 17 g

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Salmon Salad on a bed of lettuce with dill on top

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About Stacie Hassing

Stacie is a Licensed and Registered Dietitian from rural southern Minnesota where she, her husband and daughter reside with their two pups. She’s a co-founder of The Real Food RDs and content creator of simple and wholesome recipes. She loves all kinds of fitness and has a passion to inspire as many as she can live a healthier and happier life both in and out of the kitchen – the driving force behind the co-development of the The Real Food RDs brand.

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