I distinctly remember the tall cans of dark pink salmon that used to be in our pantry when I was a kid.
Although we could any time open a can of tuna or sardines and eat to our hearts content without permission, the canned salmon was off limits.
Although the excuse my father gave was, "it's special" (followed by "keep your hands off"), I think the real reason was that he loved the stuff and always wanted to make sure there was a can or two in the pantry when he wanted it.
Nothing lasted that long in the pantry of a family with six kids!
One of my favorite things to do with canned salmon is to make a simple salmon macaroni salad with it, a riff off our family favorite tuna macaroni salad.
You can choose to add sliced lettuce (iceberg works best) to the salad, but it works best as is, without lettuce, if you are planning to bring it to a picnic or have it last for leftovers.
More Recipes for Canned Salmon
- Salmon Patties
- Salmon Burgers With Chive and Lemon Mayonnaise
- Salmon Mousse
- Smoked Salmon Dip
- Salmon Fried Rice
Salmon Macaroni Salad
Tip: add the macaroni to the salmon mayo mixture when it is still warm. That way it will absorb the flavors better.
Prep the salad ingredients while the pasta water is heating and the macaroni cooking.
1/2 pound (about 2 cups) dry macaroni
2 (7-ounce) cans salmon
1/2 cup mayonnaise (plus more to taste or for added smoothness)
1 teaspoon mustard
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/3 cup chopped shallots, red onions, or green onions (with onion greens)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill (or 1/2 teaspoon dried dill)
2 ribs celery, chopped
Tabasco, to taste (we used about 10 drops)
Freshly ground black pepper
Boil the macaroni:
Bring a pot of water (2 quarts) to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon salt. Add the dry macaroni pasta and cook, uncovered, in a rolling boil for about 10 minutes, or until the macaroni is al dente (slightly firm). Remove from heat, drain, rinse briefly in cold water (macaroni should be still warm after rinsing) and drain again.
Mix salmon and other ingredients in a large bowl:
In a large bowl mix the salmon, mayonnaise, mustard, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Mix in the shallots, parsley, dill, and celery.
Stir in drained, warm macaroni:
Mix in the cooked macaroni while it is still warm. Add Tabasco and freshly ground black pepper to taste. As the macaroni absorbs the mayonnaise, you may need to add some water to the salad to keep it from being dry. Adjust seasonings.
Chill before serving.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 27g||34%|
|Saturated Fat 4g||21%|
|Total Carbohydrate 47g||17%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||10%|
|Total Sugars 3g|
|Vitamin C 6mg||32%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|