Salmon Pasta Salad

adapted from Simply Recipes
With a little lemon zest, take your pasta salad to the next level. This is a great example of a healthy spin on a classic recipe that will be sure to stand out at any get together.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Entree, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 260 kcal


  • 1 small red onion
  • 2 ribs celery
  • 1 can (14-ounce) salmon
  • 2 cups dry whole grain rotini pasta
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 10 drops red pepper sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Wash celery, red onion and parsley thoroughly, dry and chop.
  • Wipe off top of salmon can.
  • In a medium size pot, bring 2 quarts water to boil.
  • Add pasta to boiling water and cook until slightly firm, for 7—10 minutes.
  • Remove cooked pasta from heat and drain.
  • Remove salmon from can and chop into bite size pieces removing any large bones.
  • In medium bowl, stir together salmon, mayonnaise, mustard, salt, lemon zest and lemon juice.
  • Add celery, red onion, parsley, dill, pepper sauce and black pepper to salmon mixture.
  • Mix cooked pasta into the salmon mixture.
  • Serve chilled.


Smart Shopping Tips
  • Whenever cooking whole wheat pasta for a salad, cook al dente (slightly firm). This allows the other ingredients to be easily combined and hold well with the pasta.
  • Purchase canned salmon when they are on sale and store in your pantry for later use.
Cooking & Serving Tips:
  • Try different shapes of whole grain pastas.
  • To zest a lemon, use the small holes on a grater to remove only the outer yellow rind. The white pith underneath will be bitter.  Zest before cutting and juicing.
  • Prepare salmon salad without the pasta and serve as a dip. Scoop onto whole wheat crackers or cucumbers and make your own snack foods.
  • Add cucumbers or red peppers to add a little extra crunch.
  • This recipe can also be made with tuna. Select light tuna packed in water
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