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Heck-No-Mayo Salmon Salad


I've been known to work a lot. Yes. It does happen sometimes. And sometimes I will be working all morning, hop out for a little pre-lunch bike ride and come home absolutely famished. I am talking the kind of famished that doesn't want a smoothie but famished for a chewable meal.

This, however, doesn't mean that I can't still super-power it up. As if I am going to crack open a can of tuna, dollop in a heap load of the grossest food ever (mayonnaise), throw that on bread and call that lunch. As if!, I say. But you know what? Sometimes I do open up a can of fish, usually salmon, always a responsible brand and never, ever with any form of mayonnaise, vegan or otherwise. I do still like it creamy and that is where the creativity and healthy superfoods comes in to play.

I make a wrap. I use a sprouted tortilla or my flax tortilla. I throw some veggies in the steamer (in this case I had some okra kicking around) mix in with some raw and whip up a batch of my mayo-free superfood studded salmon salad, complete with the delightfully creaminess-enhancing chia seeds.

I never can get enough chia seeds into my life. These omega 3 and antioxidant rich goodies do more than dress that old chia pet sitting in your window. Here are some tips for how to enjoy:

• Sprinkle on salads, steamed veggies
• Blend into soups and smoothies to thicken
• Blend with cacao, honey, fruit of choice to make a creamy pudding
• Sprinkle on cereals
• Add to crackers, bread, baking, cookies, pancake recipes- whole or ground
• Mix in to applesauce as an effective laxative

And how about mixing them in to your favourite egg, salmon, sweet potato, tempeh or tofu salad?

Heck-No-Mayo Salmon Salad

1 can salmon, drained but keep the bones in! (Hello calcium. Fancy meeting you here.)
1 carrot
1 stalk of celery
1 Tbs Olive or flax oil
1 Tbs lemon juice
1 Tbs chia seeds
sea salt/pepper to taste

  • Throw the carrot, celery, oil, lemon and chia into a food processor or high powered blender and blend until mostly smooth but still a little chunky
  • Add in the full can of salmon, with bones and blend together until even consistency is achieved.
  • Depending on your preference, you may want it completely smooth. Your call.
  • Enjoy!


20 Responses to “Heck-No-Mayo Salmon Salad”

  1. Celestial said…
    hmmm... Ill have to warm up to the idea of a salmon smoothie sandwich haha.... and you can eat fishbones?? I always buy the cans with bones b/c theyre way cheaper... but I pick em out... but really truly they are edible??
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Amazingly edible and amazingly healthful. 2 things 1) Canned fish is not the best food to buy cheap... 2) Don't ever refer to this as a salmon smoothie. THAT's just gross. THIS is delicious
  2. Dalia Margait-Faircloth said…
    Are chia and flax seeds the same thing??
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Not even close...
      • Steph said…
        I think she is asking because in the ingredients it says 1 Tbs flax seeds, and in the instructions it says to add chia seeds, but you don't mention the flax seeds. I get confused every time I go to make this recipe!
  3. Dawn Ridley said…
    Still confused here Megs! 🤪 I have my food processor out and ready to go, do I use chia seeds? Or flax seeds? Thank you for all your work! 💚
  4. Sara said…
    This was delish! I really dislike mayo, grew up with salmon salad with miracle whip instead. I mean, it tastes good, but it's still gross and practically plastic. I've been cutting dairy too, so this seemed like a good choice. It's fantastic! I used a raw wrap and a little lettuce, and voila, healthy superfood portable lunch. I'll make it again and again. Thank you so much!

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