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Salmon Zucchini Salad Recipe

by Adrianne

Salmon Zucchini Salad which will made you feel good from the inside out. Raw grated zucchini, freshly sliced radishes, flaked salmon, salty capers and toasted almonds deliver this recipe to your table in less than 15 minutes.

This is a quick and easy recipe!

Salmon Zucchini Salad plated

Salmon Zucchini Salad recipe that feels good

Hello, my compadres!! How are you?

I want to share with you a Quick and Easy Salmon Zucchini Salad recipe that I have been developing. You will remember that recently I shared my Quick and Easy Chicken Salad recipe and well, my friends, I wanted to deliver again along those same lines.

We use the same technique in this salad as we do in our Watermelon Cucumber Feta Salad. That is using a grater to make ribbons out of our vegetables. In this case, it is zucchini ribbons and in the watermelon salad, it is cucumber ribbons. 

How to make a Quick and Easy Salmon Zucchini Salad?

Time is never a plenty these days. Whether it be work, partners, kids, life, yoga, family, friends, pets, we don’t have loads of time up our sleeve. I found with the Quick and Easy Chicken Salad it MADE MY LIFE EASIER and that is what I want to do for you too.

This Salmon Zucchini Salad takes less than 15 minutes with no compromise on taste or flavour!

It would be a bit boring (ok A LOT boring) if we ate the same thing every night, so let’s spice it up and have a few quick go to recipes up our sleeve that are time friendly.

Again, we are starting with our vegetable raw on our plates and then creating a little flavour packed party around that. You can choose for this to marinade the salmon or not, both choices will result in a fantastic dish and I wanted to give you options. Some nights you may want to, some nights you don’t.

I will also let you in on a little secret, even though this salad looks pretty, it is not difficult to recreate. It is all about the layers. I have included step by step photos to show you exactly what to do.

Marinated salmon packs a punch, but with the right dressing you can skip that step and dress the salad thereby also creating additional flavour to an unmarinated salmon portion.

So that you can see what I am talking about, I made the recipe with photos here by marinating the salmon. I also wanted to show you a cool trick where you can use a zip lock bag to marinade making kitchen life easy peasy!

How to cook Quick and Easy Salmon for Salad?

With the Quick and Easy Chicken Salad one of the reasons that it works so well is that we use pre-cooked chicken (homemade or a rotterise one). For this salmon zucchini salad, we think along the same lines, however, we want to use freshly cooked salmon and it is so quick that we cook it ourselves.

I chose to marinade the salmon very briefly in a teriyaki sauce (you can easily get at the shops), whilst I prepped the other ingredients, then when I was ready, cooked the fillets for 4 minutes on one side before flipping them and cooking for 4 minutes on the other side.

You can use salmon with skin or without, I would encourage you to make the skin part of the salad if your fillets have skin, as it will crisp up to perfection if you leave it on for your 4 minute flip!

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Zucchini strips

This recipe was calling me to develop it as whilst yes, it is healthy, is just tastes SO DARN GOOD!!

 Here is dinner on your table in under 15 minutes

We don’t need to go overboard with ingredients with this one as the combination of the zucchini, radishes, salmon, almonds and capers gel really well together.  I love using radishes not only for the taste, but they are so pretty don’t you think?

You grate the zucchini into long thin strips, much like we did with our cucumber ((Chicken Cucumber Salad), slice the radishes, cook the salmon, toast the almonds and bring it all together to dress.

I have done a cheat sheet here for you which is a summary of the steps, keep in mind you can marinate the salmon (teriyaki sauce) but it is an optional step. Toasting the almonds is optional too in that there will be an additional flavour for this texture, but it is not an essential step if you chose not to undertake it.

Salmon Zucchini Salad Recipe steps

Vegan about it

You guys know that I like to include a vegan or vegetarian option with my recipes, it has become the case that it always crossed my mind so let’s talk about it. For this recipe, my recommendation for a vegan options is to use vegan schnitzel. Yup, uh-huh, there is only 1 ingredient we have to change and that is out with the salmon and in with the schnitzel!

If you have never heard of vegan schnitzel and you are thinking ‘what IS she talking about’, then have a read of this recipe which is my Vegan Schnitzel Salad and you will be enlightened 🙂

Salad recipe ideas

Whilst I like to switch it up to keep things interesting here on Sweet Caramel Sunday, I also LOVE to make salads. This Salmon Zucchini Salad and my Chicken Cucumber Salad are quick recipes. But I also have some recipes for those weekends when you do have more time to spend in the kitchen (YAY!)

A few of my favourites are:

Who knew that with a little imagination salads could be so fun and tasty! 

 

About the recipe:

  • The salmon can be served hot or cold
  • The recipe only has 5 ingredients!
  • This dish will take less than 15 minutes to make
  • This is a perfect week night salad
  • We use fresh salmon for this recipe

To answer your questions:

  1. The salad is not suitable to freeze
  2. I like to toast the almonds on a flat plate on the stove (you can use the microwave) 
  3. For a vegan option, use vegan schnitzel instead of salmon
  4. This is a SUPER EASY salad recipe to make

This is a fresh and inviting salad. It looks pretty and it is full of flavour!

How to marinade and cook salmon for use in salads

If you do choose to marinade the salmon before cooking it, this is my quick way of doing it. Put the salmon fillets into a zip lock bag, pour the marinade in, seal the bag and leave sit whilst you prep the other ingredients. (It is SO easy and no mess or fuss this way).

Salmon fillets marinading in a zip lock bag

How to prepare salmon for use in salad

You will love this meal because it is quick. You will love this meal because it is easy. Embrace these and your week nights will be made just that bit easier. Save the long roasting and slow cooking for the weekends and kick back with your feet up after making a fabulous quick dish.

To flake the salmon, you use 2 forks and swiftly break in up into smaller bite sized pieces.

If it helps, on the weekend sit down and plan out your meals and groceries. I use an App on my phone called Out of Milk. It is a shopping list but it also allows me to create lists, I find if I am about to go into the shops, I want to cook everything and anything and walk away with stuff that sits in the cupboard for weeks. BUT, if I am smarter about it, I plan out the meals ahead of time and then my friends the work life balance is achieved with time up our sleeves.

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Salmon Zucchini Salad plated

Salmon Zucchini Salad Recipe

Salmon Zucchini Salad is for dinner!Raw grated zucchini, freshly sliced radishes, flaked salmon, salty capers and toasted almonds deliver this recipe to your table in less than 15 minutes.
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Australian, International
Keyword: salmon zucchini salad
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 243kcal
Author: Adrianne

Ingredients

Salmon Zucchini Salad Recipe

  • 8 zucchinis small or medium are perfect
  • 8 radishes
  • 4 200gram salmon fillets skin on or off
  • 1/3 cup teriyaki marinade
  • 1/2 cup flaked almonds
  • 1/3 cup capers
  • 1/3 cup balsamic garlic vinaigrette

Instructions

Salmon Zucchini Salad Method

  • Add salmon fillets to a zip lock back, pour in teriyaki sauce and seal bag (optional step)
  • Peel zucchinis into long thin strips rotating in hand until only core remains (dis-guard or keep for other recipe) 
  • Slice radishes thinly using a sharp knife or mandolin
  • Toast almonds for approximately 3 minutes on the stove or in the microwave (optional step) 
  • Cook salmon for 4 minutes before flipping to other side for a further 4 minutes 
  • Use 2 forks to flake into small pieces 
  • Add zucchini, radishes, flaked salmon, toasted almonds and capers to salad plates. Dress with roasted garlic dressing and serve 

Notes

  • Marinating the salmon in the teriyaki sauce is an optional step. You do get a bit of extra flavour when you do this step (and I do it because I love teriyaki salmon), however, the dressing will also flavour the salmon so if you don't want to take this step, it won't ruin the whole dish to leave it out! 
  • I use a store bought roasted garlic balsamic dressing for this recipe. It has great flavour and doesn't compromise on taste. You will be able to find it in your supermarket, sauces section.

Nutrition

Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 439mg | Potassium: 1136mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 805IU | Vitamin C: 71.9mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 2.2mg
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Salmon Zucchini Salad Recipe process shot 1

I love those zucchini swirls!

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And it is hard not to love pretty pink radish slices!

Salmon Zucchini Salad Recipe process shot 3

Pop the salmon on top (I like it to be warm), you might like it cold, both work!

Almonds, capers and dressing = ALL DONE!!

Salad recipes

If there is ever a recipe that you would like to see me do please let me know in the comments.

I love to hear your feedback!

Welcome if it is your 1st time in coming to the blog, I hope you stay a while and have a look around.

I can recommend these dishes as a starting point:

Adrianne xx

P.S Tonks is growing his thick winter coat. It is funny to see a short haired cat start to look a little fluffy!

If you love using vegetables in cooking then check out these zucchini recipes for loads more inspiration:

 
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Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes May 10, 2019 - 8:06 am

5 stars
What a delicious and flavoursome meal! I love zucchini and the flaked salad sounds divine.

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Adrianne May 10, 2019 - 8:29 am

Thanks Alex! Me too, cheers!

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Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry May 10, 2019 - 8:11 am

5 stars
I’m always looking for new salad dishes to try and this one sounds amazing. I do love salmon but wouldn’t have thought to pair with zucchini

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Adrianne May 10, 2019 - 8:30 am

Cheers Bintu! Yes, I love trying new dishes as well. I am sure you will love it if you give it a go, cheers!

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Noelle May 10, 2019 - 8:43 am

5 stars
Wow, this was delicious!! I loved the way you cut the zucchini, great recipe!

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Adrianne May 10, 2019 - 9:01 am

Thanks Noelle! I had a little fun with it. Cheers

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Diana May 10, 2019 - 9:04 am

5 stars
Love the combination of salmon with zucchini, it sounds and looks really delicious!

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Adrianne May 10, 2019 - 9:09 am

Thanks Diana, appreciate your comments!

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Michelle May 10, 2019 - 9:24 am

5 stars
What a gorgeous salad! Love that you have included a great veggie option too, will definitely try this.

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Adrianne May 10, 2019 - 9:32 am

Awesome thanks for your feedback Michelle. SO many vegetarians and vegans these days, I agree we need to eat less meat!!

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Claudia Lamascolo May 10, 2019 - 10:05 am

Salmon is a big favorite here we love fish I cant wait to make this and probably this weekend since I just bougghtit

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Adrianne May 10, 2019 - 11:01 am

Awesome, great to hear, hope you love it Claudia!!

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Annissa May 10, 2019 - 11:42 am

5 stars
Love the ingredients on this salad recipe! Interesting flavors!

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Adrianne May 10, 2019 - 11:49 am

Great to hear Annissa!

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Cliona May 10, 2019 - 12:21 pm

5 stars
This is perfect for summer! So healthy, full of protein and low carb…delish!

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Rosa May 10, 2019 - 12:24 pm

5 stars
Oh wow! I am totally loving those beautiful zucchini twirls!

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Adrianne May 12, 2019 - 6:37 am

Cheers Rosa, me too!!

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ali randall May 10, 2019 - 1:28 pm

This recipe looks delicious and love the zoodles paired with the salmon. This is my kind of dinner.

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Adrianne May 12, 2019 - 6:37 am

Great to hear, thansk Ali!!

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Beth Neels May 10, 2019 - 2:52 pm

5 stars
This salmon salad looks so delicious! We adore salmon and could eat it all week long! I can’t wait to try your salad with it!

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Adrianne May 11, 2019 - 1:00 am

Thanks Beth. Hope you make it and I am sure you will love it. Cheers!

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Beth May 10, 2019 - 8:22 pm

5 stars
All the flavors, all the colors – this is my kind of salad!! I frequently marinade like that too – soo delicious!

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Adrianne May 11, 2019 - 12:02 am

Cheers Beth!! Yes, teriyaki salmon is THE BEST!!

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Julie May 10, 2019 - 11:22 pm

5 stars
I love eating fresh, healthy salads an this is a favourite!
Thank you so much for sharing.
Julie

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Adrianne May 11, 2019 - 1:00 am

No problems Julie, you are welcome!

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Luci's Morsels May 10, 2019 - 11:50 pm

5 stars
Oh I just love your zucchini ribbons. i think raw zucchini is actually pretty tasty, but don’t ever serve it, figuring I’m the only one. I love these ribbons though – solves all my problems (or at least the one where I like raw zucchini)!! 😀

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Adrianne May 11, 2019 - 12:01 am

Glad to hear Luci! I love eating a meal that makes me feel good afterwords and this does that!!

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Yeriel Bertoni May 11, 2019 - 12:45 am

5 stars
I need this in my life, haha. I like it’s a fast salad, and I can make it any time I want. Thanks for sharing!

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Adrianne May 11, 2019 - 1:02 am

Yes you do Yeriel!! We all need more fast salads, especially on week nights, cheers!

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Caroline May 11, 2019 - 1:03 am

5 stars
We really like teriyaki salmon and the rest of this salad sounds like a tasty mix as well. And easy always good, of course.

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Adrianne May 11, 2019 - 6:40 am

Awesome to hear Caroline, cheers!!

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Faye May 11, 2019 - 2:42 am

5 stars
Tried this last night, and was so impressed by the delicious flavours. This is a salad dish that will be on repeat in my household.

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Adrianne May 11, 2019 - 6:41 am

Great to know Faye, glad to hear it will be on repeat!!

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Veena Azmanov May 11, 2019 - 3:10 am

5 stars
I love fish in any form and fish in salad sound interesting and yummy. Have to try this out.

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Adrianne May 11, 2019 - 3:14 am

Thanks Veena. Hope you enjoy it if you give it a go, cheers!

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Amanda Wren-Grimwood May 11, 2019 - 10:11 am

5 stars
I love a salmon salad and this looks so light and fresh and tasty. Perfect for summer evenings!

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Adrianne May 11, 2019 - 10:17 am

Indeed Amanda!! Thanks for your feedback.

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Claudia Lamascolo May 11, 2019 - 10:44 am

5 stars
what a tasty way to make salmon and thats one of my all time favorites. Perfect summer salad thanks!

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Adrianne May 11, 2019 - 10:47 am

Thanks Claudia!!

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mimi rippee May 11, 2019 - 10:18 pm

I absolutely love this. Such freshness and flavors. Love your ingredients!

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Adrianne May 12, 2019 - 5:52 am

Thanks Mimi! I enjoyed making it, yes fresh and flavour were key! Cheers

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Laura May 12, 2019 - 12:49 am

5 stars
Thank you for sharing this deliciousness. Great way to combine salmon and zucchini in one dish and definitely a wonderful meal for a weekend brunch! I can’t wait to try it now.

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Adrianne May 12, 2019 - 5:53 am

Thanks Laura, hope you love it!

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Andrea Metlika May 12, 2019 - 1:14 am

5 stars
It’s stunning and I can’t wait to make this and dig in!

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Adrianne May 12, 2019 - 5:53 am

Cheers Andrea, hope you enjoy digging into it!

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Tayo Oredola May 12, 2019 - 3:05 am

5 stars
This recipe has two of my favorite foods: salmon and zucchini! And it’s only 13mins. I’m definitely trying this!

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Adrianne May 12, 2019 - 4:11 am

Great to hear Tayo!! Hope you enjoy it. Cheers

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Natalie May 12, 2019 - 4:08 am

5 stars
WOW this salad looks so delicious and balanced! I love the flavors combination!

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Adrianne May 12, 2019 - 4:11 am

Thanks Nat, it is a tasty combo!!

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Jean May 12, 2019 - 6:12 am

5 stars
This looks great, can’t wait to make it!

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Adrianne May 12, 2019 - 6:46 am

Thank-you Jean!

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Marcellina May 12, 2019 - 6:43 am

5 stars
What a delicious, fresh meal! I keep forgetting to eat zucchini raw. I’ve tried it years ago and loved it so I really must try it again. This is a great version with great flavour combinations!

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Adrianne May 12, 2019 - 6:46 am

Thanks Marcellina! Appreciate such kind words and positive feedback!! Raw zucchini is the best.

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Sylvie May 12, 2019 - 11:57 pm

5 stars
Such a fabulous salad, Adrianne! I love all of the ingredients separately so I cannot wait to try them together…. so fresh and full of yummy flavours!

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Adrianne May 13, 2019 - 1:11 pm

Thanks Sylvie!! Great to hear your positive thoughts on this recipe x

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Sally May 15, 2019 - 2:37 am

5 stars
Radishes really do make a salad so pretty! Salmon is such a quick option for a healthy weeknight dinner, and this salad looks like the perfect way to enjoy it 🙂

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Adrianne May 15, 2019 - 2:50 am

Thanks Sally. It took me a long time to see their beauty but I definitely do now. Appreciate your feedback!

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