Some days you just need a quick recipe.
I try to avoid the drive-thrus when I can and to do that I rely on quick recipes like this Salmon Pasta Salad to help keep my family healthy and fed – without spending hours in the kitchen.
This is a fresh and easy pasta recipe with a simple dressing that even the fussiest child will enjoy, and avoids the unnecessary fats and sodium found in most pasta sauces.
Using a great quality pasta really helps this dish shine and support those bursting fresh notes of olive oil and lemon, with that robust salmon flavor. (We also sprinkle Parmesan cheese on everything – but if you’re using Parmesan cheese, you can skip the salt in this recipe.)
You probably have all 6 ingredients for this quick recipe in your cupboards right now, making it the perfect meal for a busy night – you don’t have to worry about getting half-way through meal prep and realizing you’re missing a vital ingredient.
And really, none of these ingredients are vital – missing pasta? Use quinoa. Missing olive oil? Use butter or coconut oil. Missing lemon juice? Skip it.
Feeding your family does not have to be a stressful endeavor, and delicious food does not need to be complicated.
This is a great make-ahead meal, tasting just as great cold as it does warm. Properly insulated (due to the fish) this would make a great lunch box idea for the kids.
This Salmon Pasta Salad also makes a great side dish or potluck dish because it is versatile and crowd-pleasing.
Salmon Pasta Salad Recipe:
- 2 cups uncooked pasta
- 1 can salmon meat
- 6 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1-2 Tablespoons lemon juice, to taste
- Salt & Pepper, to taste
- Parmesan cheese, optional
- 1.5 teaspoons basil, optional
Cook your pasta according to the package directions until al dente (slightly chewy – not overcooked and soggy). Meanwhile, mix the salmon with 2 Tablespoons of the olive oil, breaking up any chunks.
Strain but do not rinse your pasta. Immediately coat with 4 Tablespoons of the olive oil and mix well to coat completely.
Evenly distribute the lemon juice over top of the pasta dish, before mixing in the salmon.
Season to taste. If using Parmesan cheese, you may want to omit the salt.