Quick Lentil Salmon Salad


In this budget-friendly salmon recipe, canned salmon tops lentils, carrots and celery--ingredients you probably have on hand already. Fiber-rich lentils come in a variety of colors and they typically cook faster than dried beans, so they're a great choice for a fast weeknight dinner.

Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings


  • ¾ cup brown lentils

  • ½ cup chopped red onion plus 1/4 cup thinly sliced, divided

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar

  • ¾ teaspoon dried thyme

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 15-ounce can salmon, drained

  • 1 cup carrot ribbons

  • 1 cup sliced celery

  • 4 lemon wedges for serving


  1. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Add lentils and chopped onion, reduce heat to maintain a lively simmer and cook until the lentils are just tender, 11 to 13 minutes. Drain well.

  2. Meanwhile, mash garlic and salt into a paste with the side of a chef's knife (or a fork). Transfer to a medium bowl and whisk in oil, vinegar, thyme and pepper.

  3. Remove any skin and/or bones from salmon; flake the salmon into a large bowl. Add sliced onion, carrot and 3 tablespoons of the dressing; gently toss to coat. Add celery and the lentils to the remaining dressing; gently stir to combine. Divide the lentils among 4 bowls, top with the salmon salad and serve with lemon wedges.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

341 Calories
15g Fat
25g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
Calories 341
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 9g 34%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 26g 51%
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Vitamin A 2202IU 44%
Vitamin C 5mg 6%
Folate 204mcg 51%
Sodium 723mg 31%
Calcium 65mg 5%
Iron 5mg 29%
Magnesium 67mg 16%
Potassium 529mg 11%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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