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My Mother's Cooking - Pasta Salad with Salmon

Updated on October 25, 2012

Pasta Salad with Salmon

Pasta Salad
Pasta Salad
My Mother's Cooking
My Mother's Cooking | Source
Canned Salmon
Canned Salmon
Frozen Peas
Frozen Peas
Cherry Tomatoes
Cherry Tomatoes
Black Olives
Black Olives




Another one of my mother’s meatless Friday night meals consisted of pasta salad made with canned salmon, shell noodles, peas and salad dressing.


She generally made it in the summer time when a cool refreshing meal was best appreciated. Often, she would include chopped up green onions from our garden but the peas were either canned or frozen.


My mother used salad dressing in place of mayonnaise because it was a lot cheaper and the slightly sweet tangy flavor appealed to us children. Canned salmon is rather expensive, but use the best variety that you can afford.


I rarely make this salad today because we are no longer required to observe meatless Fridays. If I did, I would probably include sliced black olives and cherry tomatoes to add some color and flavor. My mother would not have added cherry tomatoes because she didn’t have any and regular tomatoes would have made the salad watery.


For seasoning, she might have added a little dried basil, which would still work well. I am more adventurous and I would probably try dried tarragon. I don’t use fresh herbs for the same reason that my mother didn’t use them; I simply can’t afford them and you never seem to have them when you need them.




Preparation Time:

60 Minutes



1 Lb. of Large Shell Noodles (or any other kind you prefer)

1 15 Oz. Can of Pink Salmon preferably in Oil

1 Bunch of Green Onions

1 Bag of Frozen Green Peas

2 Cups of Miracle Whip Salad Dressing (or mayonnaise )

1 Cup of Sliced, Pitted Black Olives

1 Cup of Small Cherry Tomatoes

1 Teaspoon Salt

½ Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper

1 Teaspoon of Dried Basil or Tarragon



1. Boil the pasta according to the directions on the package. It is best cooked al dente.

2. Blanch the frozen peas for two minutes in boiling water.

3. Drain the canned salmon and break it up into bite-sized pieces with a fork.

4. Slice the pitted black olives.

5. Chop the green onions into ¼ inch rounds.

6. Mix the salad dressing, chopped green onions and seasoning in a small bowl

7. Place the pasta, salmon, peas, olives and tomatoes in a large bowl and gently toss them with the salad dressing mixture.

Serve with some fresh hard rolls and butter and a glass of white wine or a nice glass of beer.


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    • 2patricias profile image


      8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      This looks like a useful summer recipe! I seldom use tinned salmon, but it is a handy stand-by.

      I am adding this to my Recipe Index for HubPages.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Love this,two of my favorite foods pasta and salmon. Delicious and good for you .

      Awesome and vote up !!!

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      Caroline Zenia 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      This looks fabulous. I love salmon. I have been buying the pouches now of it and I have one in my pantry. I have to make this and tell you how it comes out. Thanks so much and I will be checking out other home cooking recipes. :)

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      9 years ago from Southern Illinois

      There's nothing i like more than pasta. I never tried it with the taste of salmon, but it sounds delicious..Thank you..

    • picklesandrufus profile image


      9 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      yum, sounds good. Have never tried canned salmon.Thanks for the salad dressing hint.

    • twilanelson profile image

      Twila Nelson 

      9 years ago from Carmichael, California

      Very refreshing recipe, I love the pasta and salmon salads and this is a wonderful family recipe (including the alternatives). Thank you.

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      9 years ago from Louisville, ky

      Sounds good. I'm gonna try it.

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      9 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I've made this for many years using chicken or salmon.

      The one thing I found out when using Italian dressing cook the pasta the night before and douse it with the dressing so it can soak it up. When doing it the same day there is barely any taste.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      9 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Sounds great. I love all sorts of salads.

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      9 years ago

      Hi rj.

      Your mother was/is a hell of cook.

      I love these down to earth recipes. Keep em coming and a big thank you for sharing them with us.

      Take care.

      LOL Ghaelach


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