This super-easy smoked salmon artichoke salad requires absolutely no cooking. And it’s ready in about 10 minutes. It not only looks good (check out all those beautiful colors: green, orange, pink, and red), but it’s got the zing of citrus, smoky, salty salmon and zesty marinated artichokes. The balsamic dressing and the parmesan add a savory flavor. It’s a great combination because the bitter greens from the spinach play off against the sweet oranges, the salty parmesan, and the smoked fish.
It’s a great lunch just for yourself (especially if you’re hungry and in a hurry). Or, scale it up and serve it to company. It’s elegant enough for a party if you’re having one.
Full credit for the original recipe goes to Azlin Bloor, who serves bite-size individual smoked salmon salad servings (with blood oranges) as a fancy appetizer for her catering clients.
Since we’re not catering, or necessarily fancy, this version will just cut everything up and serve it all together in a single bowl. You can use blood oranges if you like. I went with the regular navel oranges, since they seem to be particularly good this year.
I also used smoked salmon bits (which my grocery store sells for less than the carefully sliced kind). Look for it in your local store, and save a bit of money. Lastly, I substituted spinach for arugula, since I prefer it, and it’s more readily available.
Smoked Salmon Artichoke Salad Substitutions and Variations
- Get fancy and use the blood oranges, or try Cara Cara oranges
- If you like arugula use that or lambs lettuce or even kale (you want a bitter green for this so it contrasts with the sweet and salty flavors)
- Top the salad with some mint or other “sweet” herbs
- Try it with other smoked fish, like smoked trout
More Salmon and Artichoke Recipes
Egg and Pasta Gratin with Chives (add some smoked salmon for a bit of extra salty smoke)
Or add some of the salmon to scrambled eggs (cook the eggs, then toss in the salmon for a few seconds, just to heat it up)