Keto Salmon Salad with Balsamic Dressing will take your salad routine to the next level! Salmon, Avocado, and cucumber come together in one big bowl of deliciousness that can by ready in about 30 minutes.
Could your lunchtime salad routine use a shake up? Or have you been looking for some fun new ways to incorporate more salmon into your diet? Even if you already eat plenty of salmon and fun salads, you STILL need to try this keto salmon salad with balsamic dressing! Not only is it super healthy, but the flavor combination is also out of this world.
A POWERHOUSE OF A SALMON SALAD
So what makes this salad so great? The answer lies in these delicious and nutrient-packed ingredients! We start with fresh-baked dill salmon, creamy avocado, and crunchy cucumber on a bed of crisp mixed greens.
Finish it off with a little kick from the balsamic dressing, and you have yourself an amazingly flavorful bowl that will keep you full and satisfied for hours!
Need a little more convincing? Let’s break it down. Salmon, the star of this meal, is a delicious fish that’s packed with healthy fats. It’s also a great source of protein, vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids, AND it’s zero-carb! Now we throw in some avocado, another source of healthy fats that also packs in fiber, vitamins, and potassium. Plus it adds a wonderfully creamy element to the salad.
Of course, we can’t skip the vegetables. Add in some cucumber for crunch, throw it on top of your leafy greens, and you can see why this salad is considered a nutritional powerhouse! It’s absolutely delicious, it’s so good for you, and you can make it in about 30 minutes. That makes this recipe a contender for one of our favorite salads of all time!
NOW LET’S PUT IT ALL TOGETHER
Ready to see how easy it is to make this giant bowl of nutritious deliciousness?
How to prep the Salmon: To start, pat the salmon dry on all sides. Add a little oil to a casserole dish, lay the salmon skin-side down, and sprinkle it with seasonings and fresh dill to really infuse it with flavor. Throw it in the oven and bake at 325°F for 20-25 minutes depending on the thickness of your fish. You’ll know it’s ready when you can easily flake the fillet with a fork.
Once the salmon is finished baking, the rest of the salad comes together in just minutes! While you let the salmon rest, chop up the cucumber and avocado into nice, bite-sized chunks.
Using canned salmon instead: If you are short on time or have a can of salmon sitting in the pantry you can easily swap it in for the baked salmon.
From there, simply add your mixed greens to a large bowl, lay the salmon over the salad, then top with the cucumber and avocado.
What keto friendly dressing goes with our salmon salad?
Finish it off with a little more fresh dill and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar for maximum flavor! Or, if balsamic isn’t your thing, a little lemon juice would be fantastic as well. Then, dig in and enjoy!
TO SHARE OR NOT TO SHARE
As you may have noticed, this is a BIG salad. 3/4ths of a pound of salmon is easily enough for two people, which makes this a great dish to share with a friend! If you are sharing, we recommend using a whole avocado instead of a half. Because you can never have too much avocado.
On the other hand, if you plan to get the majority of your calories from this meal (ex: if you follow a one-meal-a-day way of eating), go ahead and devour the whole thing! You’ll definitely feel satisfied after indulging in this tasty bowl.
The other option would be to use half the salmon on your salad and save the rest of the salmon for later. You can use it to repeat this salad tomorrow, or use it in another recipe. It would be delicious in place of the smoked salmon in our cream cheese sauce or this keto salmon sun-dried tomatoes and broccoli!
HOW MANY NET CARBS IN KETO SALMON SALAD?
7 Net Carbs for 1/2 the salad. We calculated this based on the ingredients listed in this recipe. If you add any ingredients or use a different salad dressing, just be sure to factor that into the nutrition for your salad.
OTHER RECIPES YOU MIGHT ENJOY
- Low Carb Salmon Buddha Bowl
- Easy Avocado Tuna Salad
- Keto Chicken Piccata
- Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Avocado
- Low Carb Spinach Cobb Salad
Keto Salmon Salad with Balsamic Dressing
- 3/4 lb. salmon fillet
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried dill
- 1 cup chopped cucumber
- 1/2 cup avocado , chopped
- 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
- 5 cup lettuce (any variety of your choice)
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Place the salmon in an oiled baking dish or skillet.
- Sprinkle the garlic powder and dill over the top.
- Cover with foil and bake at for 20-25 minutes, depending on the thickness of your fillet. It's done when the salmon easily flakes with a fork.
- Allow to cool slightly, and transfer fillet to a mixing bowl.
- Shred the fish by stirring with a wooden spoon.
- Mix in the cucumber, avocado and vinegar.
- Add salt and pepper to taste and stir well to combine.
- Serve by itself or over lettuce with a mild vinaigrette. And if you need more fat in your eating plan, simply add some mild-flavored oil to this. Easy!