Smoked Salmon Salad with
Quick-Pickled Cucumbers & Roasted Peppers

This simple salad of smoked salmon salad on a bed of barely tangy pickled cucumbers not only "looks" cool, you'll barely break a sweat assembling the handful of ingredients onto plates. Stay cool, people, stay cool!
Smoked Salmon Salad ♥, a simple cold salad, smoked salmon with cucumbers and red peppers, takes just a few minutes to assemble. Low Carb. High Protein. Very Weight Watchers Friendly. Gluten Free.

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Stayin' Chill During a Steamy Summer

How do you stay cool during a hot-hot summer?

  • My grandmother put a block of ice in front of a fan to help her four children sleep better on hot nights.
  • My sister recommends wearing wet socks to bed, even a damp t-shirt.
  • Me, I’m all for keeping the oven on “off” and the supper on “fast” and “light”.

The Olive Bar Is Our Friend

The grocery store’s olive bar (and its sidekick the salad bar) is a welcome convenience when you need just a bite or two of some ingredient.

For a chill Smoked Salmon Salad, pick up a few olives and a couple of roasted red peppers. (If you like, here’s How to Roast Peppers in the Oven, including tips on the best oil for roasting peppers.)

And even though homemade Olivada is ever so easy, when I just need a smidge, I'm happy as an olive to pick up a small scoop from the olive bar.

The Flavor Bible

With the garden already spitting out cucumbers like a double-barreled shotgun, this salad was inspired by The Flavor Bible, thank you, Elise! The Flavor Bible a great reference book, no recipes per se, simply a suggestion of flavors that complement individual ingredients. For intuitive cooks, just an idea or two, that’s all it takes and supper’s on the table. I live in awe.

RESOURCES The Flavor Bible My Disclosure Promise


Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Time to table: 15 minutes
Serves 4
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cream
  • Fresh herbs, chopped – dill and basil work beautifully
  • 1 – 2 cucumbers (about 1 pound), peeled (or striped) and sliced in thin rounds
  • 2 roasted red peppers, cut into wide swaths
  • 12 ounces smoked salmon (gravlax not hot-smoked salmon)
  • More fresh herbs for garnish
  • Olives & capers

CUCUMBERS In a large bowl, stir together the cucumber ingredients.

ASSEMBLE Arrange a bed of cucumber on each plate. Top with roasted pepper and smoked salmon. Sprinkle fresh herbs, olives and a few capers on top. Serve with strips of Fried Bread schmeared with cream cheese on the side.

ALANNA’s TIPS Make mini versions of this supper salad for an appetizer portion. This salad is already a riff on lox and bagels but to move it even closer, sprinkle the salmon with capers and finely chopped red onion, then use bagel slices to make the Fried Bread. Usually, I love texture contrast in salads but in this case, the smoked salmon and roasted red peppers have a much similar mouthfeel and work beautifully together.
NUTRITION INFORMATION for SMOKED SALMON SALAD Per Serving, assumes 4: 149 Calories; 6g Tot Fat; 2g Sat Fat; 24mg Cholesterol; 727mg Sodium; 7g Carb; 1g Fiber; 3g Sugar; 17g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS Old Points 3 & PointsPlus 4 & SmartPoints 4 & Freestyle 1

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  1. This is my kind of meal - simple and cool. The pickle and salmon combination if very appealing. One of our favorite meals growing up was a full roasted salmon, with a bowl of pickled, thinly sliced cucumbers.

  2. It's all about not turning the oven on! I totally agree.


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