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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
    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl
    February 18, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Good thing that you had oatmeal…. I think, I could live off of the stuff! Love that you added PB to this salad. How unique! Adding this to the humungous “to make” list. 😉

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    February 18, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Can always count on you for fresh ideas! Now I just gotta get me some salmon 🙂

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    February 18, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Canned salmon has always freaked me out but this actually looks delicious!

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    Alex @ Kenzie Life
    February 18, 2014 at 11:10 am

    So I became a vegetarian/sometimes vegan out of choice, but when I was little, my favorite thing was tuna. I would eat tuna every day for lunch and I’m sure I still have abnormal amounts of mercury in me. Every once in a while I crave fish, so this looks SO good! I wish there was a good vegan alternative for it! Vegan “fish” = horrific

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 20, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      I don’t even want to know what vegan fish tastes like!

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    Nikki @ The Road to Less Cake
    February 18, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I bet this would be so good in a wrap!

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 20, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      I ate it as a lettuce wrap!!

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    [email protected], Fit, and Frugal
    February 18, 2014 at 10:55 am

    I’ve never heard of Family Day! We had President’s Day yesterday so a lot of people had the day off, but stores were open. 🙂 One of my favorite lunches is salmon salad sandwich. I just discovered that using hummus instead of mayo makes a great (and less calorie) substitute.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 20, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      that’s so smart!!!! Someone commented on what to use as a replacement for greek yogurt and I’m going to suggest that. Thanks Tonya!

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    February 18, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Well I like basically every other kind of “salad,” so I bet this is delicious too! Minus the pb of course! My parents never have food, even when I come to visit, so Family Day would be lost on me in that department.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 20, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      the other day I was at my parents and I was like “what’s for dinner” and my Mom was like “there’s some chicken breasts in the fridge if you want to make something with them” and I was like “uhhhhh no I came up here to be fed…”. She was not pleased…

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    February 18, 2014 at 9:47 am

    I love everything about this! Adding peanut butter is definitely genius. I’ll make this for my Thai mother one day, and I’m sure she will lahv ittttt.

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    Shashi @
    February 18, 2014 at 9:45 am

    I don’t recall celebrating Family Day here in Atlanta…but being with your family – even if that involves raiding their fridge sounds like a plausible definition!
    Peanut butter and sriracha in salmon salad – oh yeah!

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    February 18, 2014 at 9:27 am

    I’m obsessed with TJ’s wild salmon, minus taking out all the icky skin and bones. This is the msot delish twist on salmon salad–love the addition of Greek yogurt and pb instead of mayooooo!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 20, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      omg were there bones and skin?? I didn’t find any…or I ate them??! sheeeeet.

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    February 18, 2014 at 8:37 am

    You seriously crack me up, like a burst out laughing – a literal lol if you will. Salmon is obviously not for me, but I feel like John would love this. I think I should make a Pinterest board for him.

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    Sarah Pie
    February 18, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Haha we’ve got the opposite problem. It’s reached the point of winter where my mom doesn’t want to do ANYTHING so she’s always popping up to my room “do you have anything to eat, theres no food in the house”. This sounds like a very interesting salad combo full of lots of my favorite things 🙂

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