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Quick And Easy Dinner Recipe: Vegetable Salmon Loaf Recipe

Updated on November 3, 2010

Quick and Easy Dinner Recipe: Vegetable Salmon Loaf Recipe

Looking for a quick and easy dinner recipe that pleases everyone and is nutritious as well? Try this great quick and easy dinner recipe for vegetable salmon loaf.

I make several variations of salmon loaf and I also have a great favorite recipe for salmon loaf in the crock pot.

When I'm making salmon loaf the traditional way, cooking it in the oven, I usually try to make it in conjunction with a regular meatloaf, like my quick and easy high fiber meatloaf. I save time and energy by using the same time and temp for the oven, cooking both at the same time side by side.

I even go a step further and bake a couple of medium sized red or Yukon Gold potatoes for 1 or 2 meals and bake a butternut or acorn squash wrapped in foil.

I created this recipe using leeks because I had extra leeks on hand. I think you'll find the combination of leeks, scallions/green onions and carrots go really well with salmon.

You can take this recipe though and create your own version of quick and easy vegetable salmon loaf depending on your favorite vegetables and what you happen to have on hand.  Experiment and see what revamps you can come up with!

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Recipe for Vegetable Salmon Loaf

Makes 1 9 x 5 loaf pan filled to the brim of vegetable salmon loaf


  • 1 large can of Trader Joe pink salmon
  • 1 small can of Trader Joe Atlantic salmon
  • 1 cup of Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2-3/4 cup chopped leeks, more if desired
  • 2 coarsely shredded large carrots
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup (or more) plain Greek yogurt or plain yogurt of choice
  • 3 scallions chopped finely
  • 1 package of Trader Joe Portabello mushroom soup (optional)
  • Vegetable spray


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray 9 x 5 loaf pan with cooking spray.
  3. Drain off salmon in strainer - mix until broken up and remove any bones.
  4. Combine salmon, Panko bread crumbs, egg, leeks, carrots, yogurt and scallions until mixed well. Mixture should hold together but not be too moist.
  5. If desired, add more Panko bread crumbs or add more yogurt, depending on the consistency of the mixture. The mixture should be the same density as regular meatloaf and hold together nicely.
  6. Turn mixture into loaf pan. Smooth and pat into place to fill with a spoon.
  7. If putting on mushroom topping, spoon Portobello soup over top of the salmon loaf to desired thickness.
  8. If desired, combine the mushroom concentrate with a small amount of milk to thin before putting on top of the loaf.
  9. If you want to flavor the inside of the salmon loaf, use more milk, and poke holes in the top of the salmon loaf to allow the mushroom sauce to permeate some into the loaf or simply add a bit of the portabello mushroom soup to the loaf mixture.
  10. When finished topping the salmon loaf, cover with a piece of foil sprayed with vegetable spray.
  11. Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes or until loaf is just browning on bottom (if using clear loaf pan) or pulling away from the sides of loaf pan. Remove foil and cook 10-15 minutes more or until desired doneness.
  12. Let stand for 10-15 minutes before slicing.

Suggestions for Vegetable Salmon Loaf

This is a great recipe for vegetable salmon loaf but here are some other great suggestions

  • You can use baked and flaked fresh salmon instead of canned salmon
  • Substitute regular bread crumbs or even oatmeal for the Panko bread crumbs
  • Try zucchini of any kind of shredded squash instead of the leeks or for part of the leeks.  You can also just add some in.  Squash is moist like carrots and adds great flavor and texture to the loaf
  • Use egg substitute instead of real egg
  • Adjust yogurt and/or bread crumbs to accommodate any changes you make in the ingredients
  • Use a slightly larger loaf pan if you add more ingredients - 9 x 5 x 4
  • I use diced tomatoes on my meatloaf but I don't use tomatoes on my salmon loaf - some people like it that way though
  • Use soaked thin-cut cucumber slices in a dill sauce or any type of sauce you would use on fish for topping the loaf - cucumbers are a great garnish with the salmon
  • Use any other kind of fish that is dense enough to make a loaf when flaked - I use fresh ahi tuna steaks to make tuna spread and cooked, flaked ahi tuna would be another fish choice
  • Mix in thin sliced mushrooms with the sauce for the topping on the salmon loaf and add a bit of chopped mushrooms to the loaf

Quick and Easy Dinner Recipe: Vegetable Salmon Loaf Recipe

No matter which way you make a salmon loaf, it is a great quick and easy dinner recipe whether it's for a busy weeknight meal or a weekend no-fuss meal.  Salmon loaf is also great for sandwiches, lunches or leftovers.

This recipe is quick and easy but is also nutritious, combining salmon, a fish that is super healthy and rich in omega-3 oils with heart healthy vegetables such as leeks, carrots and scallions.

Vary the vegetables and see what combination suits you best. You can always substitute shallots or bits of sweet onion for added flavor or try grated vegetables such as parsnips, turnips or rutabagas.

Give a thought to conserving energy as well and try and remember to bake your whole dinner in the oven at the same time. It's a really energy efficient way to cook and it's also a super time saver!

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    • akirchner profile image

      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Thanks, Dawn - hope y'all love it - and I love Trader Joe's and all their fish stuff!!

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      Dawn Michael 7 years ago from THOUSAND OAKS

      wow akirchner, that sounds really good. I am always looking for fish recipes and this one sounds like the kids will love it. I can sneak some veges in it to. I love trader Joes, and they have some great wild salmon canned products and frozen too.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Thanks for stopping by, Katie - hope they enjoy it as much as we do! Try different veggies but whatever I've tried as great.

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Now this is good food, my girls love both Salmon and Trader Joes. Great recipe for easy dinner with a healthy vegetable salmon loaf recipe. Love and Peace :)

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      HH - I find that if you keep things simple, people are more willing to cook! It doesn't all have to be hard to do although I love a challenge. I will have to do a hub about my 5-hour coconut cake recently!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      I like your recipe because they are nice and easy and I am sure they taste good

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      BJ - I grew up being quick - not so light on my feet these days....but that's another side of getting older, eh? I'll be looking for those trunks....gosh I hope you didn't mean your swim trunks? Are you joining me in water aerobics??

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      That's what I adore about you, Audrey, you're so quick! I'll be there soon. Look for my trunks to arrive in a day or so!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Thanks, Eiddwen for stopping by again....glad to share them and hope you enjoy them! I have another coming up maybe tomorrow or late tonight - or maybe the next day. I always have to fit this in between my real job and mushing, water aerobics, etc!

      Jo - I know - it is a quick and easy type of thing and I think a nice change from the 'usual'. We all get tired of the usual!

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      Jo Deslaurier 7 years ago

      I would never have thought of salmon loaf! Thanks for sharing.

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      Eiddwen 7 years ago from Wales

      Mmmmm another tasty sounding recipe. I will have a whole filefull of recipes from HP soon.

      Thank you so much for sharing and we'll have a very varied menu for the next week or so.Keep them coming arkichner. An up and useful here I think.

      Take care.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      BJ - I got it - and if you ever DO cook, which I know you won't, I hope you enjoy it, which I know you won't because you didn't cook it! So I guess the solution is you come here, and I cook it for you, got it?

      Carolina - I love a guy who!!!

      Zsuzsy Bee - Can I come over and share in the work? That sounds like so much fun - and hope you enjoy the vegetable salmon loaf to boot!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Yum, yum, yum I'm trying your vegetable and salmon loaf this weekend as I'm having some people over for our 'crafting-get-together'. (all we do is work really hard on our 'have to finish by Christmas' projects and eat great stuff, and this weekend is my turn to host)

      Thank you for sharing

      hope you and the gang are fine

      regards Zsuzsy

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      carolina muscle 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Yum. Looks like I got an idea for dinner. :-)

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      I make it my business not to eat anything that is good for me ... like salmon and vegetables. But if I did, your recipe is the one I would use.

      If I cooked. Which I don't.

      But I would cook it if I did. OK? :)