The Fanciest Five Minute Seafood Salad

April showers are in full swing here in Seattle, which means everything (I mean, everything) is in full bloom! This is queuing my body to start making lighter meals filled with so much color. I made the Fanciest Five Minute Seafood Salad on a whim for lunch the other day- and fancy doesn’t mean it has to be expensive!

I love smoked salmon but I rarely purchase it because my fiancĂ© isn’t a huge fan, so when I found an individual serving of smoked salmon trimmings at the store, I grabbed it immediately. I loved that the seafood department sold these single serving sizes, even though they were the trimmings of a bigger salmon. This method makes seafood a lot more affordable than buying a whole pack and then possibly not eating it all before it goes bad. Definitely check out my note below on this in the directions!

I know it doesn’t look like the most filling meal, but surprisingly with a few crackers on the side (@simplemills are my weakness), I was a happy Alma. And now I’m here to share the love! Feel free to sub a different type of seafood, like cooked shrimp or tuna for the smoked salmon. Let me know how you like this salad!

The Fanciest Five Minute Seafood Salad

(1 Serving, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, paleo option)


  • 3-4 ounces of smoked salmon, about 3/4 cup (see tip to buy below!)
  • 1 cup cucumbers, washed & thinly sliced
  • 4 baby tomatoes, washed (I used heirloom)
  • Splash of tamari (sub soy sauce or omit for paleo)
  • Sesame seeds (sub Everything but the Bagel Seasoning)


Thinly slice the cucumbers and arrange them flat on your plate in a circular design. Place the smoked salmon pieces on top (Budget Friendly Tip! If you don’t want to splurge or commit to a full smoked salmon pack, the seafood area at your grocery store often sells little tupperware of their own smoked salmon trimmings – these are just as good and often much cheaper! They may just look a little different being cut up. Definitely ask your seafood department if they sell these).

Cut the baby tomatoes in half and place on top of the smoked salmon, then sprinkle sesame seeds on top (or Everything but the Bagel Seasoning- Keepin’ it classy, clearly!).

Lastly, right before serving, add a splash of tamari (or soy sauce). Either enjoy the salad on its own or pair with crackers or some crispy bread. Enjoy!