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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
    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    February 18, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Family Day = the best excuse they could come up with to help ward off winter depression. AKA: we-all-need-a-vacation day.
    Buuut salmon salad! That looks so good. I never think to buy canned salmon, even though I love it. Next time it’s on sale…

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    Ellie@Fit for the soul
    February 18, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    ohhhggmgmmgaeeynnessss!!! Sorry about that, ahem ahem. This looks like MY KINDA salad~full of my favorite ingredients. Seriously, great job with the ingredient combination as I can tell it’s delicious. 😀

    And I have no idea what family day is, but I really want that here! Of course, the US is so busy with making life happen that I don’t foresee family day being established any time soon, haha.

    And I love to go through everything in my parents’ house, lol! Although my mom automatically sends me home with bags and bags of food, veggies, etc., I still open every cabinet door and fridge at random times when I’m visiting. 😛

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    February 18, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Haha I love it when a lack of food forces me to be creative with my meals! This tuna salad is something I would never think of, but it sounds delicious (subbing sunflower seed butter for PB, of course).

    I don’t understand Family Day either but I heard it was just added because February was lacking a statutory holiday?

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    Selena @
    February 18, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Gorgeous photos lovely! I have never tried canned salmon before! Honestly not a fan of canned tuna but I pass by that canned salmon in Trader Joe’s every time I’m there and I think your photos just convinced me to buy some 🙂

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    February 18, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Hmm… I am unaware of Family Day. We had President’s Day yesterday, but it didn’t slow things down really.

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    Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    February 18, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    I can’t believe they close down all of the grocery stores on a holiday. That never happens here. Most of them close on Christmas Day but there is always at least one open. At least it was like an oatmeal cleanse?

    Anyway, this salad looks fab! I’ve been trying to sneak salmon into my lunches since Brandon won’t eat fish and I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy it.

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    February 18, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Have you ever looked up “weird national days” for your country? I have. Because I’m weird and have no life. If you think Family Day is a weird one you should see what else is out there!

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    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
    February 18, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    I love Salmon done with a Thai peanut sauce!!! I did one with a whole piece of fish, but I love the salad take. Must try ASAP!

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    Melissa @ Nourish By Melissa
    February 18, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Yum 😀 I love subbing greek yogurt for mayonaise in tuna or salmon salads!

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    Kristina @ Damn Ten Pounds
    February 18, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Thanks for the heads up on Family Day. I actually sounded like I knew what I was talking about with my Canadian team on a call this morning. They were super surprised anyone outside of Canada knew about it, so you sealed my badass status with them 🙂

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    Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A.
    February 18, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    What an interesting combo! I would have expected it to be pink. Looks tasty though 🙂

    As for family day, I can’t help you out. Never heard of it. I think I get enough “Family Day” every holiday.

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    February 18, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Yum – this looks awesome (except I might be like Arman and use tuna).
    Family Day?! The stores close for that? Here they don’t even close on Thanksgiving!!!

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