Salmon Salad

Salmon Salad Inspired by the Nuns

I have a guilty pleasure when I'm staying in a hotel room. It might sound silly, but I love to blow dry my hair in bed. I get back in the bed after my shower, put on the tv, and blow dry my hair because I'm allowed to be lazy! While on our family vacation in Mexico, I was drying my hair and watching the local cooking channel. It happened to be a show about nuns who cook. Since I don't speak Spanish, and the dryer was loud, there wasn't any sound. That didn't stop my mouth from watering as I watched this nun create a delicious meal. I just had to recreate it once we came home. This salad happened to be just what we needed after a week of sun, surf, chips, salsa, and margaritas a plenty.

The nun had fresh salmon, so her salad was made with raw salmon. We can't get that here in Charleston, South Carolina and Whole Foods did not have sashimi grade tuna. I opted for the freshest fish I could get and gave it a quick 2 minutes per side sear.  She also used chives and dill in her yogurt sauce, but Whole Foods had ramps and when in ramp season, use ramps! I also added the lettuce, lime, and pepitas to make it my own.

This is a layered salad with such simplicity, but has lots of depth in flavor! It is perfect for a weeknight dish and can be elevated for your most discerning dinner guests!
Watch the videos for instructions.

You'll Need

  • 2 lbs of salmon seared and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 medium potatoes boiled, cooled, and sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 2 avocados sliced (with a squeeze of 1/2 lime)
  • 1 head of butter lettuce (hydroponic) chopped
  • 1/3 cup of roasted salted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • Olive oil to be drizzled on the bottom of the platter
  • Salt and pepper to taste for seasoning the filet and liberally as you are layering the salad

For the Yogurt Sauce

  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 4 ramps washed, trimmed, and finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh dill washed and chopped
  • 1 lime

Mix the above ingredients together with the juice of 1 lime.


I think it’s best to soak your ramps in a sink of water for at least 20 minutes. They are dirty!
— Carrie

Season the salmon filet and then give a quick two minute sear per side.

Time to dress our serving platter.

When I serve this dish again, I think I will finish the potatoes in the cast iron, maybe a quick fry in some fat to crisp them up!
— Carrie