If you love pasta, salmon, and dill, this recipe is for you! And if you’ve never had pasta salad before, this is a great way to start enjoying it. The creamy dill dressing is similar to what you’d put on a potato salad, and it’s packed with veggies for added crunch & nutrients. It’s also super versatile: use tuna or chickpeas instead of salmon, add different veggies, use different pasta shapes, the options are endless for what you can create!
A bit about canned salmon: Canned salmon actually contains bones, meaning it contains calcium, which is important for bone health. Salmon in general is also a great source of vitamin D, which aids calcium absorption. So, if you’re looking for another way to boost calcium in your diet, canned salmon is a great option! Bonus: this recipe also contains yogurt, which is another source of calcium.
Ingredients you’ll need for this Creamy Salmon Dill Pasta Salad:
- pasta of choice (I used penne)
- canned salmon
- green peas
- bell pepper
- sunflower seeds
Ingredients for the Creamy Dill Dressing:
- plain yogurt
- fresh or dried dill
- lemon juice
- fine salt
- finely ground pepper
How do I make this Creamy Salmon Dill Pasta Salad vegan?
Omit the salmon, or replace it with chickpeas or lentils for added protein. Use plant-based yogurt & mayonnaise alternatives (although keep in mind this may change the taste & consistency of the dressing – I cannot vouch for the results!).
A tip on plant-based protein: Plant-based protein sources (excluding soy and quinoa) are incomplete proteins, meaning they don’t contain all nine essential amino acids (amino acids are the building blocks of protein) we need in our diets. But, if you pair complementary proteins (legumes/beans + grains/nuts/seeds), you can create more complete proteins and more balanced meals! For example, chickpeas + sunflower seeds and pasta (like in this recipe!).
How do I make this egg free?
Use a plant-based mayonnaise alternative to replace the mayonnaise (I don’t recommend replacing the mayo with more yogurt, as it makes it fairly tart – but if you’re in to that, by all means go ahead!).
How do I make this gluten free?
Use gluten free pasta (like brown rice pasta).
Other pasta meals you may enjoy:
- Pesto Cream Pasta with Chicken & Sun-Dried Tomatoes
- Lazy Veggie Lasagna
- Crunchy Peanut Tofu Noodle Bowls