This smoked salmon salad is the perfect dish whenever you crave a meal but don’t have time to cook. Crisp baby greens, soft-boiled eggs, and smoked salmon, lightly drizzled with the most delicious creamy caper chive dressing.

This salad takes less than 10 minutes to assemble with simple ingredients. It’s full of flavor and healthy fats that will make you forget you are eating healthy.

Feature image shows smoked salmon on a bed of crisp baby greens with soft boiled eggs and drizzled with caper chive dressing sauce.

Ingredients and substitutions

Making salad with smoked salmon is super easy and healthy! It’s packed with good fats and low-carb ingredients that are not only tasty but also great for you. Here are what you need:

  • Soft-boiled eggs: Provide a creamy texture and rich flavor that contrasts nicely with the crisp greens.
  • Mixed baby greens (butter lettuce, mesclun, baby romaine): Serve as a fresh, crunchy base and can be varied with alternatives like baby spinach, frisee, radicchio, arugula, diced tatsoi, or yu choy for different textures and flavors.
  • Smoked salmon: Adds a smoky, savory flavor and can be substituted with lox for a similar cured taste.
  • Salt and pepper: Basic seasonings to enhance the natural flavors of the other ingredients.
  • Lemon juice: Offers a bright, acidic touch to balance the richness of the salmon and eggs.
  • Dijon mustard: Contributes a tangy depth to the dressing, binding the flavors together.
  • Mayonnaise: Adds creaminess and helps in emulsifying the dressing, giving it a smooth texture.
  • Red wine vinegar: Introduces a sharp acidity that lightens the dressing and complements the fatty salmon.
  • Shallot: Brings a mild, sweet onion flavor that adds complexity to the dressing.
  • Capers: Provide pops of briny, salty flavor that contrast with the creamy elements.
  • Chives: Offer a slight oniony bite which enhances the overall freshness of the salad.
  • Extra Virgin Olive oil: Helps emulsify the dressing, making it creamy and ensuring the flavors blend beautifully.

How to make smoked salmon salad

This smoked salmon on salad is quick and easy to prepare, perfect for a nutritious lunch or a light dinner. Follow these simple steps to bring together a delicious dish packed with flavors.

Person demos how to assemble smoked salmon salad in step-by-step photo instructions.

Jammy Eggs:

  1. Bring a pot of water to boil, lower the heat and simmer eggs for 6 ½ minutes in gently boiling water. Cool in room water to peel easily.
  2. Alternatively, try Air Fryer Soft Boiled Eggs for an easy air fryer method to get perfect jammy eggs.

Salad greens

  1. Choose a mix of your favorite baby greens such as butter lettuce, mesclun, or baby romaine.
  2. Rinse the greens gently under cold water if needed, then pat them dry or use a salad spinner to remove excess water. Place the greens in a large salad bowl.

Smoked salmon

  1. Take the smoked salmon and, if the pieces are too large, gently tear them into smaller, bite-sized pieces. Evenly distribute the salmon over the greens in the salad bowl.

Alternative: (if smoked salmon is not available)

  • Air fryer frozen salmon: If smoked salmon isn’t available, you can use frozen salmon cooked straight from frozen in an air fryer. Set the air fryer to 400°F and cook for about 12-15 minutes or until fully cooked.
  • Air fryer salmon bites: Alternatively, you can use air fryer salmon bites with the same creamy caper chive dressing for a perfect topping on this salad.


  1. In a measuring cup or a small bowl, combine Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, minced shallot, chopped capers, minced chives, and a pinch of coarse sea salt.
  2. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while continuously whisking to create an emulsion.
  3. Adjust the seasoning to taste and store the dressing in a sealed jar in the refrigerator if not using immediately.

Topping variations

  • Add Feta cheese, fresh dill sprigs, edamame, avocado, cucumber, thin sliced radishes, or red onion for extra crunch and flavor.

Different dressings for smoked salmon

Choose between vinaigrette-based or creamy textured dressings, both designed to complement the delicate flavors of smoked salmon:

Vinaigrette based dressing:

Creamy textured dressing:

Tip: To avoid mayo, opt for a light olive oil vinaigrette dressing or swap mayo with unsweetened Greek yogurt for a creamy yet light dressing.

Creamy caper chive Whole30 salad dressing I Heart Umami
Creamy caper chive whole30 salad dressing.

Make ahead and store


  • Boil your eggs in advance. Check out our guide on “7 Different Ways to Make Air Fryer Eggs” for options from hard-boiled to soft and jammy.
  • Prepare the dressing beforehand to save time. Just stir it well before using.


  • Once you’ve opened the smoked salmon package, transfer any leftovers to the fridge. Be sure to consume the salmon within 3-4 days for the best flavor and safety. The dressing should stay fresh for 7 days in the fridge.

What goes well with cold smoke salmon

Cold smoked salmon is versatile enough to serve as a main dish or as a flavorful side. Whether you pair it with pasta or complement it with other main dishes, it adds a luxurious touch to your meal.

Pair with Noodles/Pasta:

  • Broccoli pesto pasta combines beautifully with the smoky flavors of salmon, offering a hearty yet refreshing taste.
  • Canned tuna spaghetti works well when you want a seafood-themed pasta dish that’s simple and satisfying.
  • Gochujang pasta adds a spicy kick, contrasting nicely with the smooth and subtle taste of smoked salmon.

Serve with Main Dishes:


Are smoked salmon cooked?

Smoked salmon isn’t cooked with heat but cured and smoked, giving it a soft, raw-like texture that’s fully ready to eat.

What’s a good dressing for smoked salmon salad?

A light olive oil vinaigrette or a creamy dill dressing works beautifully with smoked salmon, complementing its richness with bright, tangy, or herby flavors.

Can I use canned salmon instead of smoked salmon in this salad?

Yes, canned salmon can be used as a more budget-friendly alternative, though it will have a different texture and flavor profile.

How can I make this salad ahead of time without it getting soggy?

Prepare the components separately and assemble the salad just before serving to maintain freshness and texture.

More Asian salad recipes you might like

If you are looking for more varieties with healthy leafy green options, here are some of my readers’ favorites and my family loves them, too!

  • Napa Cabbage Slaw: Crunchy and refreshing, this slaw features a tangy no-mayo Miso ginger dressing that’s light and flavorful.
  • Chinese Cucumber Salad: An easy, refreshing side dish dressed with a sweet and spicy honey chili vinaigrette.
  • Chinese Steamed Eggplant Salad: Brings a touch of Sichuan-inspired flavor, combining tender eggplant with a bold, savory sauce.
Smoked salmon with soft boiled eggs and creamy caper salad dressing I Heart Umami
simple yet nourishing smoked salmon salad
Keto smoked salmon salad recipe with soft-boiled eggs from I Heart Umami.
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Smoked salmon salad recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Author: ChihYu Smith
This Smoked Salmon Salad is made with crisp baby greens, jammy eggs, and lightly drizzled with creamy caper chive dressing. Ready in 10 mins!
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For the salad:

  • 4 large soft-boiled eggs
  • 5 oz. mixed baby greens, butter lettuce, mesclun, or baby romain
  • 3.5 oz. smoked salmon
  • To taste Salt and pepper
  • Half one whole lemon, serve on the side

Creamy caper chive dressing: (makes 1 cup)

  • 2.5 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 oz. shallot, finely minced
  • 2 tbsp chopped capers, drained
  • 2 tbsp minced chives
  • ¼ to ½ tsp coarse sea salt
  • ½ cup olive oil


For the soft-boiled jammy eggs:

  • Bring a medium pot of water to boil and bring the heat down to low simmering. Carefully and slowly add the eggs one-by-one into the water, using a slotted spoon.
  • Turn the heat up to medium-low and simmer the eggs for about 6 ½ minutes. You should see small bubbles coming from the eggshell. After about 3 minutes, use a spoon to gently push and move the eggs in the water so that the yolks will remain in the center.
  • Soak the eggs in room temperature water and peel once they are cool to touch.
  • For the air fryer method, see our air fryer soft boiled eggs.

For the salad dressing:

  • In a measuring cup with a spout, combine all ingredients from mustard to salt. Slow drizzle in the oil while whisking at the same time to emulsify the dressing. Store in a sealed jar in the fridge. Best use in 1 week.

Assemble the smoked salmon salad:

  • In a large salad mixing bowl, add baby greens and smoked salmon. If the salmon pieces are too large, use your hand to gently tear them apart. Cut the eggs in half and add them to the salad. Drizzle with a few tablespoons of dressing and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with lemon wedges on the side. Enjoy the salad right away or slightly chilled.


  • You can swap eggs for avocado.
  • Add a few sprinkles of frisee or radicchio to your salad bowl for more color and texture contrast.
  • Once you open the smoked salmon packet, store the packet in a sealed container in the fridge and it’s best to consume the salmon in 3-4 days for the best flavor!


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 384kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 30g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 396mg, Sodium: 887mg, Potassium: 335mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 1368IU, Vitamin C: 16mg, Calcium: 79mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: keto smoked salmon salad, smoked salmon salad
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Salmon salad made with smoked salmon I Heart Umami