Potato and Smoked Salmon Salad

Monday, March 11, 2013

As the weather turns warmer, soups, stews and various savory baked dishes get put on the back burner around these parts. At least for now (there might be a freak storm in April or May which might call for such things). This potato and salmon salad is great for lunch - it is filling without being heavy, with very light dressing.


The flavors here are Scandinavian-inspired. Although Scandinavian seafood salads tend to be creamier, with mayonnaise or crème fraîche which goes well with things like shrimp, I did not want to obscure the salmon with too much dressing.


The dressing here is lemon juice and a few other things (horseradish, dill, capers, scallion). The salmon is fatty enough that the salad does not need any oil.


Potato and Smoked Salmon Salad
(Serves 2)

You will need:
1/2 lb. young white potatoes
1 tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped
1 scallion, chopped
1 tsp capers
1/4 tsp horseradish, or to taste
4 oz smoked salmon, torn into chunks
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice, or to taste
Salt and pepper

1. Bring a medium pot filled with water to a boil. Add the potatoes, skins on, and cook, until potatoes are soft, about 10-15 minutes. Drain, rinse under cold water and let cool for about 10 minutes. Dice the potatoes into 1/2 inch pieces.
2. Place the diced potatoes into a bowl, add dill, scallion, capers and horseradish and toss to combine. Add the salmon, sprinkle with lemon juice and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve or refrigerate until needed.


  1. Mmmm, so good!

    We're having a late summer in these here parts (today is the ninth consecutive day of 30ish+ degrees celsius!!) and so this kind of dish would be perfect.

    Note to self: make it while the weather is still summery!

  2. Right not our days are many times similar. Our weather has finally changed with the first cool fall days, and this type of salad is perfect Kat! I love the addition of horseradish, such an amazing ingredient. And those pics are gorgeous as always!

  3. Such a gorgeous plate! The dill and capers make it look extra-Scandinavian. (This is really making me wish I liked smoked salmon, or smoked fish of any kind...)

  4. I love salmon and potatoes! It is one of those perfect combinations that cannot be improved on!

  5. I think I tried my first bite of smoked salmon when I was two - it's been a favourite ever since. Escargot was another early favourite. I love the classic combination in this salad with dill, capers, and potatoes.

  6. The gorgeous pictures of this dish have made me so ready for summer..or at least spring weather!



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