Super Simple Hot Smoked Salmon Salad Recipe in 15 Minutes

Hot smoked salmon: for those of you who do not know this product yet: this is a perfect recipe to get familiar with it! Within 15 minutes you have a healthy, hearty, simple and super nutritious salad on the table. It doesn’t take much, other than just assembling the ingredients. But first: a little bit of a background on this beautifully smoked fish. So here it is!

A photo of the hot smoked salmon salad. You see lettuce, tomatoes, hot smoked salmon, a dressing of yoghurt & dill, potatoes, courgette & peas
A photo of the Hot Smoked Salmon Salad

What Is The Difference Between Hot Smoked Salmon And Smoked Salmon?

I guess most of you know smoked salmon, which actually is cold-smoked salmon. This light pink coloured fish is great on bagels, a luxurious breakfast or lunch platter and in salads.

Hot smoked salmon is the lesser known sister of cold-smoked salmon, but my preferred one. The difference between these, besides look and flavour, is the temperature and time that the salmon is smoked. 

With normal smoked salmon, they salt the salmon first, before putting it in the smoking oven for several hours. The temperature of this smoking oven is not allowed to exceed the 28°C mark. 

Hot smoked salmon is dried first for 1,5 hours and then smoked in the oven, with a hot and thick smoke on 80-100°C for about 60mins.

In terms of the way it looks: the skin of hot smoked salmon gets wrinkly. Also the structure changes: you can’t really cut it because hot smoked salmon will just fall apart. Which is exactly why I love it.

Cold-smoked salmon tastes saltier and the structure is thicker.

You see a smoking box, with smoked fish fillets hanging on a stick. This is how hot smoked salmon is made
Hot smoked salmon in a smoking house

How To Serve Hot Smoked Salmon?

Another question that often arises: can you serve hot smoked salmon warm? Yes, you definitely can! I love it both hot and cold. You can either heat it up (NEW RECIPE UP SOON) or you can use it cold, just out of the packet, like in this salad. Either way is great (and definitely to my preference compared to the “normal” smoked salmon!)

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Is Salmon Salad Healthy?

Yes, salmon is healthy. Salmon is a high omega-3 food, you’ve probably read that before. But what does that mean? Omega-3 is basically part of the building blocks of your brain: the fats of Omega-3 bind to the membrane (outside layer) of a cell, which increases the fluidity. This fluidity is necessary for the good functioning of the brain cell (transferring messages for example).

Besides it being a building block of the brain, it also helps balancing stress hormones (cortisol), emotion regulation (yes, it can actually help with depression) and heart & veins.

Nowadays we don’t have that much omega-3 in our foods anymore. Not even in salmon, but every bit helps! Personally, I supplement with Omega-3 every single day (I use this one)

And is a salmon salad healthy? Well, yes. But it does depend what you eat with it. I can promise you: this one is very healthy!

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How To Make The Hot Smoked Salmon Salad?

Well, it is super easy and done within 15 minutes! 

First put a saucepan with boiling water on the hob to prepare.

Then we cut up the veg (potatoes in half, courgette in quarters and tomatoes in half). Chop up the dill as well.

Then in a bowl, we mix together the yoghurt and the cream cheese, and most of the dill (leave a bit on the side). Add a drizzle of olive oil, the juice of half a lemon, salt & pepper.  

Then we get to the cooking bit: add the potatoes to the saucepan.

In a separate frying pan, add a drizzle of olive oil, and the courgette. Leave frying for a few minutes until it is light brown. 

In the meantime, after about 5 minutes of the potatoes boiling (depending on their size, you need to wait a tiny bit longer. Most important is that you add the peas for the final 3-4 mins), add the peas (you can add them to the same pan). Boil together for the remaining 3-4mins.

Now it is assembling time! Over 2 bowls, divide some lettuce leaves, then flake the hot smoked salmon over the two bowls, then add the courgette, potatoes & peas and tomatoes and last but not least: add the dressing.

Et Voila! There is your 15min healthy hot smoked salmon salad!

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A photo of the hot smoked salmon salad. You see lettuce, tomatoes, hot smoked salmon, a dressing of yoghurt & dill, potatoes, courgette & peas

Super Simple Hot Smoked Salmon Salad

You don't want to miss out on this super simple salad! It's healthy, gluten free, filled with loads of fibre and nutrients and above all: extremely tasty. So grab the things you need and go make this salad!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Course lunch, Main Course, Salad
Servings 2 people


  • 1 Saucepan
  • 1 Frying pan
  • 1 Bowl


  • 1/2 courgette
  • 6 small/new potatoes
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 8 cherry tomatoes
  • 80 gr lettuce leaves (we use lambs lettuce)
  • 1 filet hot smoked salmon Dutch: warmgerookte zalm


  • 3 tbsp greek yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp creme fraîche
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 10 gr dill
  • 1/4 juice of a lemon


  • Place the saucepan on the hob with boiling water
  • Now we cut up the vegetables: half the potatoes, half the tomatoes and quarter the courgette. Also chop up the dill. Set aside.
    1/2 courgette, 6 small/new potatoes, 8 cherry tomatoes


  • Now in a seperate bowl: add the creme fraiche, the greek yoghurt, olive oil, lemon juice and salt & pepper and mix. Now stir through most of the dill.
    3 tbsp greek yoghurt, 1 tbsp creme fraîche, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1/4 juice of a lemon, 10 gr dill

Cooking part

  • Add the potatoes to the pan with boiling water. Boil for around 8-12 minutes (depending on the size of the potatoes). During the last 3-4 minutes, add the frozen peas to this same pan.
    6 small/new potatoes, 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • Place a frying pan over medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil. Once hot, add the courgette and fry until lightly brown (make sure you fry it on both sides)
    1/2 courgette
  • Don't forget those peas!
    1/2 cup frozen peas


  • Divide the lettuce leaves over the 2 bowls. Now flake and divide the hot smoked salmon as well. Add all the vegetables and finally the dressing as well.
    80 gr lettuce leaves (we use lambs lettuce), 1 filet hot smoked salmon
Keyword 15minute, gluten free, healthy, hot smoked salmon, salad, salmon

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