Thai Salmon Salad with Sweet Chili Sauce Dressing

For this healthy Thai Salmon salad recipe, lettuce, crisp vegetables and fresh herbs are tossed with a sweet and spicy Asian Chili Dressing, then topped with flaky chunks of salmon! The perfect healthy lunch or dinner salad. overhead view of Thai Salmon Salad with Sweet Chili Sauce Dressing in a white bowl with chopstick on the side

Last weekend we had friends over for dinner and I decided to try a recipe from Australian chef Pete Evans’ cookbook “Every Day Healthy”.

I had my eyes on his Salmon with Pomegranate and Herbs for a while and since we were feeding a crowd, it was the perfect opportunity to try this salmon recipe, which would have been way too much for just the two of us!

I bought a massive salmon fillet – half of a whole salmon actually! (see the pic on my Instagram) – and although it was delicious, we had plenty of leftovers…

Thai Sweet Chili Sauce Dressing in a mason jar with a red chili on the side

Luckily, salmon leftovers are exactly what we need to make this delicious Thai salmon salad!

Obviously, I eat raw salmon quite often (in my sushi!) but cooked salmon…not that much. So having leftovers was a great way for me to try new salmon recipes.

When looking for recipes for leftover salmon, I instantly thought Thai food because I love how fresh it tastes.

And you might remember the homemade refined sugar free sweet chili sauce I posted a while back? We’re still going through it because I had made a few batches and I can’t believe it’s still as good as new after almost a year in the fridge!

Sweet Chili Sauce Dressing being poured on top of a Thai Salmon Salad in a white bowl

I used this homemade sweet chili sauce to make the Thai-style dressing for the salmon salad and it was so good!

Don’t freak out when you see fish sauce in the ingredients list. I know it really stinks on its own but when mixed with other ingredients like lime and sweet chili sauce, you honestly can’t taste it.

It also brings an incredible umami flavor to the dish. In case you don’t have salmon leftovers, I’ve also included the instructions to bake some fresh salmon fillets in the notes.

I hope you enjoy this easy healthy Thai Salmon Salad as much as I do!

Thai Salmon Salad being tossed with Sweet Chili Sauce Dressing using chopsticks

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Thai Salmon Salad with Sweet Chili Sauce Dressing

Make this light, fresh and healthy Thai Salmon salad recipe. Lettuce, crisp vegetables and fresh herbs are tossed with a sweet and spicy Asian Chili Dressing, then topped with flaky chunks of salmon! The perfect easy healthy lunch or dinner salad. 

Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine Asian
Keyword clean eating recipe, healthy salad recipes, meal prep recipes, salmon fillets, salmon salad, sweet and spicy dressing, Thai Chili dressing, Thai salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 314 kcal

Ingredients

  • 7 oz cooked salmon fillets 200 g, flaked (see notes)
  • 2 large handfuls lettuce shredded
  • 8 cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 1/2 small carrot peeled and thinly sliced horizontally
  • 1/2 red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1/2 Lebanese cucumber peeled, cut lengthwise and thinly sliced horizontally
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves lightly packed, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves lightly packed, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh Thai basil leaves lightly packed, roughly chopped (it's different than regular/sweet basil!)
  • 2 scallions green onions, green + white parts, thinly sliced

Dressing (serves 4)

  • 1 1/2 tbsp sweet chili sauce homemade to avoid refined sugar or store-bought
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lime juice from about 1 large lime
  • 3 tsp fish sauce
  • 2 tsp honey

Instructions

  1. Combine all the dressing ingredients in a blender (I used my mini-blender that I love for that, it's perfect for the job!) and pulse a few seconds until smooth. You can also use a bowl and a whisk.
  2. Combine all the salad ingredients in a bowl or individual plates. Drizzle with half of the dressing. Serve.

Recipe Notes

  • If you don't have cooked salmon leftovers, start here. Preheat oven to 170F-75C, rub a large salmon filet (about 2.5 lbs - 1.1kg) with skin on with a little bit of coconut oil, season with salt and pepper and bake for 30 to 45 minutes (depending on the size) or until salmon is just cooked through (be careful not to overcook it, it would be dry). Let it cool and proceed with the recipe.
  • You might also use canned salmon but I recommend fresh salmon when possible.
  • To serve more people, double the salad ingredients.

Recipe adapted from Taste.com.au

Nutrition Facts
Thai Salmon Salad with Sweet Chili Sauce Dressing
Amount Per Serving (1 /2)
Calories 314 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 940mg 39%
Potassium 1707mg 49%
Total Carbohydrates 39g 13%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 27g
Protein 27g 54%
Vitamin A 145.8%
Vitamin C 97.1%
Calcium 16.1%
Iron 24.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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3 Comments
  1. Marie, this salad sounds wonderful. I do one with canned salmon, but would prefer fresh. On our recent trip home from the east coast my husband actually ordered salmon for dinner one night and enjoyed it. So I’m going to start cooking salmon occasionally, and I’m sure he’d enjoy this.

    1. Thank you Susan! I’m glad you can now cook salmon to your husband, it’s good to have a diversity of food to choose from. And maybe next he’ll realize that he actually loves avocado! 😉

  2. I love the sound of the sweet chili sauce dressing and I have to agree with you. Fish sauce is a magical ingredient and if you are brave enough to use it (despite the smell), you shall be rewarded!

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