When you’re craving smoked salmon and tired of old fashioned smoked salmon recipes, try this delicious Smoked Salmon Salad With Blue Cheese Dressing. It packs plenty of flavors and textures, a dash of fancy and gourmet, and lots of deliciousness!
I’m super excited to share this smoked salmon salad with you. It brings back lots of memories and stories from when I was engaged. See I wasn’t ever a blue cheese dressing person, and even more, I wasn’t a hard boiled egg in a salad person either!
Why Smoked Salmon Salad
It feels like a smoked salmon appetizer, only eaten in a bowl. So it could be the best way to start any meal, or a meal on its own.
If you’re making this for a party, it’s best to serve it on a flat platter and arrange ingredients in a way that each can mix and match their own. I think this would probably be my favorite smoked salmon appetizer!
Imagine a combo of smoked salmon, greens, creamy avocados, tomatoes, red onions and hard boiled eggs. Super hearty and filling.
The blue cheese dressing. I have to mention that my hubby used to devour blue cheese while I cringed. I started to force myself into it and this dressing was how it all began! You’ve probably had blue cheese salad dressings loaded with mayo and oil. This is NOTHING like that! More on the dressing later!
Croutons, because we can’t have salad with croutons. These are Pumpernickel Rye croutons. The absolutely best bread to pair with smoked salmon.
Blue Cheese Salad Dressing
This is the first step to fall in love with blue cheese. A creamy dreamy, garlicky dressing with a hint of blue cheese. The beauty of this dressing is the hint of blue cheese is totally optional to be faint or strong. Start off with faint and go all the way up!
Most dressings start with mayo, however my favorite blue cheese salad dressing starts with sour cream. It’s creamier and lighter in taste/feel. Low fat sour cream or Greek yogurt similarly work great here for a low fat option.
The rest of the ingredients are: garlic, salt, pepper, a dash of hot sauce (optional) and some lemon juice. Once you get all of these mixed up, it’s time for the blue cheese crumbles.
Like I said, go easy or hard on the blue cheese. It’s totally your taste. If you’re already a blue cheese lover, go for about 2 paced tablespoons like I do.
Finally, mix all of that together and it’s ready to use! Make plenty of this blue cheese dressing because it keeps well in the fridge. And I can assure you, you’ll need it!
Some ways to use a blue cheese dressing other than salads are: spread it over your sandwiches, use it as a blue cheese dip, top it over grilled steak, chicken and more!
How to Make Smoked Salmon Salad
First of all, start with your choice of greens or mixed greens. Today I chose spinach and a touch of arugula. Any type of green or lettuce works great here.
First tip is to toss your greens with a tablespoon of blue cheese dressing before adding the rest of your ingredients. This adds so much flavor so PLEASE don’t skimp!
Now add your salad ingredients over the dressed up greens. The sky’s your limit. I added cherry tomatoes, sliced avocados, hard boiled eggs, sliced red onions and my cold smoked salmon. I love curling/rolling the smoked salmon to look like roses.
Finish off the salad with a drizzle here and there of the blue cheese dressing, some more blue cheese crumbles and sweet pomegranate arils. The pomegranate just add a touch of sweet and color to your smoked salmon salad.
Croutons: Cut your pumpernickel slices into squares and each square into two triangles. Bruch the top with olive oil or melted butter and sprinkle a dash of salt, then toast the croutons on a baking sheet for 8 minutes.
Tips For Smoked Salmon Salad
Use cold smoked salmon for tastiest salad.
Make your Blue cheese dressing ahead of time.
Pick your ingredients and chop, slice and prep ahead of time.
Dress the greens separately as the base of your salad and then drizzle dressing over the other ingredients without tossing.
Croutons are optional and you can swap the type of bread.
Smoked Salmon salad can be prepared 2 days in advance and left overs make a great sandwich, bagel or lunch the next day!
Some Smoked Salmon Recipes
Easy Smoked Salmon Platter this is a no brainer spread for last minute brunch/breakfast! That same spread makes the best Smoked Salmon Breakfast Bagel. Another MUST try combo for blue cheese and salmon is ultimately this Seared Salmon with Blue Cheese.
Smoked Salmon Salad With Blue Cheese Dressing
Smoked Salmon Salad
- 4 cups spinach or any mixed greens, lettuce
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes any type
- 2 avocados sliced
- 1/2 cup red onions sliced
- 3 hard boiled eggs sliced or halved or quartered
- 5 ounces smoked salmon thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup pomegrante arils
Blue Cheese Dressing
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1/2 cup Sour cream low fat or full fat
- 1 teaspooon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons hot suace optional
- 1/8 teaspoon salt Kosher
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1 Tablespoons Blue Cheese crumbled up to 2 Tablespoons
- 4 slices Pumpernickel bread cut up into squares and each square into two triangles
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/8 teaspoon salt kosher
- 2 tablespoons blue cheese crumbled
For the Blue Cheese Dressing:
Mix all ingredients together without the blue cheese and adjust seasoning if you prefer. Then add in the blue cheese and smash it in while mixing it.
For the Salad
Prepare all ingredients and start by adding the greens at the bottom. Toss the greens with a tablespoon if the dressing for maximum flavor and then start piling up the rest.
Fold over your smoked salmon to look like roses and start arranging them over the greens and surround them by all ingredients.
Drizzle an extra 1-2 Tablespoons of the blue cheese dressing over the salad and sprinkle extra crumbled blue cheese if you like.
preheat your oven to 375 F. Cut your pumpernickel slices and season it. Drizzle the oil over it and spread them on a single layer and toast for 8 minutes.
Serve with the salad
- Use cold smoked salmon for tastiest salad.
- Make your Blue cheese dressing ahead of time.
- Pick your ingredients and chop, slice and prep ahead of time.
- Dress the greens separately as the base of your salad and then drizzle dressing over the other ingredients without tossing.
- Croutons are optional and you can swap the type of bread.
- Smoked Salmon salad can be prepared 2 days in advance and left overs make a great sandwich, bagel or lunch the next day!