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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. Jennifer R. said…
    sounds yummy -- we love chia seeds at our house too. I also like to add an avocado to our salmon salad -- helps with the creaminess :)
  2. I like Jennifer's avocado idea. Sounds like it would be great with salmon.
  3. Meghan Telpner said…
    I like the avocado idea too!
  4. Nicole said…
    YUM! <3 Quick Q., I saw the okra and thought it was a pickle at first, then read on and realized that I was steamed okra...however, I was stuck on the idea of 'pickle' and I couldn't help but wonder if pickling okra would totally deplete the health benefits...?
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      I feel like pickling okra might turn it into a slimy mess- have you seen that anywhere before?
  5. carrie said…
    I'm with Jennifer! I like to use avocado to make things creamy! I like how you added carrots & chia seeds to this meghan! I'm definitely going to try it! I've been "practicing" adding superfoods to things throughout the past week this morning it was my oatmeal. I leave early for work so I put my oatmeal in my thermos along with shredded unsweetened coconut, a few pecans, raw cacao, a tiny bit of spirulina, about a tbsp. of honey, some raisins, and hot water! it cooked and was ready to eat by the time I got to work! I have quinoa soaking for green bread tonight when I get home! Watched King Corn last night with hubs... we had already really cut back on meats/chicken and nearly everything processed, but we are shocked, horrified and angered by how food is produced in this country. Thank you for making us so aware of what we are eating Meghan!
  6. This looks delicious. I love the idea of adding chia seeds to thicken the salmon mixture. Also I am loving the superfoods tutorial! (PS I changed my blog name, but it's still me from City Girl Lifestyle)
  7. Metta said…
    In the South (southern U.S.) they pickle okra whole. I've never had it b/c I don't like okra, but many people do love it. I don't think it is any slimier than what it would be in a gumbo. The salmon looks yummy. I'm vegan and you picture has me wanting some!
  8. Laurie said…
    Looks yummy Meghan. Since I started reading here I've been using olive or flax oil in my salmon salad. I'm surprised how much more I like it than mayo. I haven't gone back to mayo yet, and I doubt that I will. (I'm not the only person who eats here, so there's still a sadly underused jar of mayo in my fridge.) As good as this wrap looks, weren't we promised thingie-shaped veggies this week? Hope there's photos! I still can't guess what it will be.
  9. Cherie said…
    Gotta try that and with avocado too!! I've been on a chocolate chia pudding kick....four nights in a row! It'll be good for me to move on to something new!
  10. theemptynutjar said…
    Definitely adding u to my google reader. You are a positive spirit. I live in Ontario too. Would love to do nutrition certifications but my debt forbids it! Salmon, avocado and hummus are nice . I have heard adding a dollop or a few of yogurt is also nice. I would like to enter those things, but absolutely cannot afford it. Too bad, it all looks so interesting.

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