Smoked Salmon Pasta Salad (take 2)

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I’m not one of those who makes the same recipe twice in a row but I thought this dish was worth the repeat.  Both Josh and I love smoked salmon.  The first round turned out pretty great but I also felt it was lacking a bit when it came to nutrition.  The smoked salmon offers plenty of protein but there wasn’t enough vegetable for it to qualify as a meal.  And these days I’m all about one pot meals.

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So for round two I decided to change it up a little and the results were not only healthier but also tastier.  We tend to stick with gluten free pasta but wheat pasta always refrigerates better.  Rice based pastas can be a bit dense when cold.  This time I used a spelt based egg noodles.  Yes they are much more delicate and tend to break but the texture and taste was spot on.

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The one thing I really liked about the first version was the smoked salmon clearly starred in the dish.  This wasn’t something I was willing to compromise.  Originally I thought I’d add in a bunch of chopped baby spinach but it was looking pretty poor at the store.  In the end this turned out to be a blessing.  I noticed a beautiful bag of local baby pea greens that was calling my name.  I love pea shoots, they border line being slightly bitter but offer a superb crunch and the flavor is never too over powering.  Not to mention they are nutrient dense offering plenty of of Vitamins A, B-6, C, E, and K, folate, thiamin and riboflavin.  They are also low in calories and fat free.  A perfect addition to a pasta dish!

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Smoked Salmon Pasta Salad

  • 1lb pasta (I used spelt egg noodles)
  • 3-4 tablespoons grapeseed oil vegenaise (or regular mayo)
  • 8 oz smoked salmon
  • 1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/4 cup green onion, chopped thin
  • 2 cups baby pea greens, chopped
  • s&p
  1. Cook pasta according to directions.  Rinse to cool and drain well.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.  Season more with dill and/or s&p if necessary.  Chill thoroughly before serving.

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