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Thai Salmon Salad

February 18, 2014

As it turns out, the government has the right to institute statutory holidays whenever they feel like it. Having lived away from the province for 5 years, I genuinely had no idea that yesterday was Family Day in Ontario. An arbitrary holiday enforced a few years ago to celebrate our families/help people get over their seasonal depression.

thai salmon saladTrust me, I am not hating on holidays, but a memo would have been nice! I prepare for holidays as though the apocalypse is coming, by buying ALL THE GROCERIES. Unfortunately for me I was the only person unaware that Monday February 17th was Family Day and that all grocery stores would be closed. This meant that oatmeal would be my main source of sustenance for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

But if there’s a holiday, I will celebrate! I figured the best way I could show my family how much I loved them was by raiding their fridge. I know…I’m a good daughter. Thanks Mom and Dad for saving me from starving on Family Day and you’re welcome for eating all of your food.

thai salmon salad 2Remember that time I was hating on my brother for taking toilet paper from my parent’s house? I get it now…I left my house with more food than I would have if all of the grocery stores had been open. So here’s the Thai Salmon Salad made from the contents of my parents fridge and the only other food in my house besides oatmeal, peanut butter.

Thai Salmon Salad

by The Healthy Maven

Prep Time: 10 mins

Keywords: entree gluten-free peanut peanut butter salmon Thai

Ingredients (Serves: 4)

  • 2 6 oz cans of salmon (I used Alaskan Pink Salmon from Trader Joe’s), drained
  • 2 celery sticks, diced
  • 2 green onions, sliced (only white and light green parts)
  • 1/4 cup thai basil, chopped
  • 1/2 cup 0% fat plain greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 T natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 1 tsp tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp sriracha (optional)


1. Remove drained salmon from cans and add to a large bowl. Using a fork, break up salmon until flaked and chunks are removed.

2. Add celery, green onions and thai basil.

3. In a separate bowl mix greek yogurt and peanut butter. Stir in garlic, ginger, tamari, sesame oil, lime juice and sriracha.

4. Add wet mixture to salmon mixture and stir to combine. Add in salt.

5. Garnish with chopped peanuts and green onion if desired.

6. Will keep in fridge for up to 5 days.

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Do you raid your parents or friend’s kitchens? Can someone explain to me what Family Day is please?


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  • Reply
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
    February 18, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Apparently Family Day has made it’s way all the way to the West coast. My parental units live in BC and they just had it too!
    Love this salad girl!
    Salmon, peanut butter, sriracha….yes puhlease!

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    February 18, 2014 at 8:21 am

    There is trader joe’s salmon in Toronto?!

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 19, 2014 at 10:27 pm

      I wish!!! Sadly no 🙁 I brought it back from the States the last time I was there!

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    February 18, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Hmmm Family Day….we don’t have that here! It sounds like it should be a nice day filled with lots of family activities and good food and company. But closing the grocery stores sounds suspicious! At least you got a great recipe out of it! Salmon is my faaavorite 🙂

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    Elise @
    February 18, 2014 at 7:29 am

    For some reason something has always scared me about canned salmon, but if you like it I think I’m going to give it a try

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    taylor @ taylormade
    February 18, 2014 at 7:27 am

    this recipe is super creative and interesting! I loooove thai flavors with pretty much anything (I just discovered a thai chicken pizza at a pub nearby…. omg) so I think this is a must-make for me. also… I want Family Day.

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    Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
    February 18, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Ohh I want to bookmark this for my fiance! He lovessss salmon!

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    erin @ The Almond Eater
    February 18, 2014 at 7:22 am

    This looks super doable–love the photos, the ingredients and thai food! I actually had thai two times in the past week….oops? No jk it was delicious. Also–Family Day? Wtf. Jealous.

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    February 18, 2014 at 7:09 am

    I’m pretty sure Alberta has had family day forever, making me an expert — so of course I’ll explain it to you! Family day is all about celebrating the great things about family, which naturally involves raiding your parents’ kitchen for goodies. You did good, kid.

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 20, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      Your approval means everything <3

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    February 18, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Looks tasty! I don’t have any salmon, but I do have tuna I could use. I’ve never heard of family day, but I’m not Canadian, sooooo….. I’m with you, though, if there’s a holiday I’m celebrating!

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    February 18, 2014 at 6:16 am

    This sounds awesome. Love the choice of flavours and I love salmon. I’ve been looking for inspiration for lunch to take with me to work and now I have something new! Thanks!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 20, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      Thanks Lauren!! Hope you enjoy 🙂

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    Ksenija @ With An Open Mind
    February 18, 2014 at 6:07 am

    Hahaha, I am so used to this, since in Europe grocery stores are closed on Sunday’s. So usually I end up emptying my fridge these days and getting creative (or hitting the grocery store hard on Saturday). But girl you really had me with the title of this recipe: salmon and Thai! Two of my favorite things when it comes to meal time. (she said, while munching on a salmon patty) This salad will definitely be reproduced as soon as I come across canned salmon here in France.

    Raiding my parents fridge – Every.single.time I visit them! They just have way more exciting things in there than I do 🙂

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      February 18, 2014 at 7:41 am

      Your grocery stores are closed on Sundays?!?! I’m sorry I read that and my heart just stopped….ahhhh that’s the only day I go grocery shopping usually unless I am in an emergency situation with no peanut butter or something. That’s so interesting!

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        Davida @ The Healthy Maven
        February 20, 2014 at 12:28 pm

        Amurica!!!! Oh man how I miss it…Canadians and Europeans don’t have nearly the same level of customer service!

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    February 18, 2014 at 5:28 am

    Dude. I will be making this for lunch this week or next week….except with tuna- Adding peanut butter and basil to it? Genius!!!!! I had intended to use the tuna to experiment with the curried tuna patties in salad/dip form but eff that.

    Raiding from mother’s kitchen was one of my favourite things..alas now it ain’t the easiest thing to do 🙁

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