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Smoked Salmon Potato Salad

Give this simple Pacific Northwest infused Smoked Salmon Potato Salad filled with garlic, dill and PNW smoked salmon for your next get together.

Smoked Salmon Potato Salad - Perfect for your next picnic

I know I am going to catch a lot of flack for what I’m going to say, so I’m preparing myself to duck and cover, run, hunker down and dodge whatever you’re gonna be throwing at me. – I’m so excited for FALL!!!


Oh good – whew, nothing came at me. Sorry if you just ruined your computer screen throwing coffee at it. But today as I was walking Huck in the morning it was a crisp, chilly and refreshing 57 degrees out – and I loved it. I’m a terrible person, but it’s true – loved it. It means Pumpkin Everything Season is on it’s way, Halloween (my birthday) is soon to be here and so is football season! See, now are you excited for fall time too? I thought so.

Smoked Salmon Potato Salad

But don’t get me wrong – I”m still enjoying the heck out of what’s left for summer. Ben and I went back to his hometown last weekend to celebrate our one year anniversary and enjoy the great Palouse and outdoors. It was beautiful. And there was lots of BBQ-ing to be had. The best part of BBQ for me, is the side dishes – namely potato salad. This time I wanted to put a distinctly Pacific Northwest Twist on it by adding in some smoked salmon, dill and lemon. Simple is good when you’re working with salmon and simple is good when it comes to potato salad!

Smoked Salmon Potato Salad - Buying the dill for this adventure was a bit hilarious because my store only had a 5 foot tall stalk of dill. Nothing dried, nothing smaller – a bundle of dill that was as tall as I was. For ONE recipe. Really? Yeah. Well Dill-on the Dill Plant came home with me for this recipe, and got in my way as he stood tall in my kitchen with his Bieber-esque dill fringe in his face. So he got a nice haircut and he contributed nicely to this smoked salmon potato salad.

It was nice to talk to a friend – even if he was a plant – while I was cooking. He’s such a good helper. And he tastes amazing.

Smoked Salmon Potato Salad - 2

So as you enjoy the winding down of summer – don’t forget to bring this to your next BBQ and enjoy the fresh tastes of what’s left of summer.
Smoked Salmon Potato Salad - 3

Smoked Salmon Potato Salad

Yield: 6

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 30 Minutes + 3 Hours Chill Time

Total Time: 4 Hours

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2 pounds Tri Color Baby Potatoes, halved or quartered
1 Tbsp Dill, minced + garnish
4 gloves Garlic, minced
½ tsp Salt
1 Lemon, zest and juice
¼ tsp Ground Pepper
½ tsp Red Pepper Flakes
1 tsp Tuscan Seasoning Blend
2/3 cup Mexican Sour Cream
⅓ cup Olive Oil based Mayonnaise
4 ounces Smoked Salmon filet, flaked - Not lox.


In a large saucepan, bring cut potatoes covered in salted water to a simmer. Bring the water to a fast simmer, not a rolling boil - that will destroy the potatoes and cause them to fall apart. Simmer until they are fork tender - about 20 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water. Spread out on a rimmed cookie sheet. In a small bowl combine minced dill, garlic, lemon zest, salt, ground pepper, red pepper flakes, and Tuscan seasoning. Sprinkle over the potatoes and toss to combine. Place coated potatoes in the fridge to chill. This will help the potatoes absorb the flavors. Chill for 1 hour.
In a large bowl, whisk together the sour cream and mayonnaise and lemon juice. Pour potatoes into the mixture, and scrape any remaining seasoning from the cookie sheet into the potatoes and cream. Add in flaked smoked salmon. Fold gently to combine. Season additionally if desired. Cover and chill until ready to serve - best chilled for at least three hours. Serve with extra dill for garnish.

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23 Responses to “Smoked Salmon Potato Salad”

  1. #
    Tieghan — August 21, 2013 @ 6:25 am

    What an awesome potato salad! You smoked salmon looks incredible, Megan!

    Oh and I ams so excited for fall! Football and cozy meals rule!

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    Courtney @ Neighborfood — August 21, 2013 @ 6:35 am

    Salmon and dill are totally meant to be together…in pasta salad!! That is genius. I’m soooo not ready for fall temperatures (we’ve had them on and off throughout the summer anyway), but I am totally ready for tailgating and pumpkin everything! Bring it on!

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    Erika — August 21, 2013 @ 7:08 am

    Potato Salad!!! with smoked salmon.. BRILLIANT!!!!

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    Cookin Canuck — August 21, 2013 @ 7:35 am

    Fall is, without a doubt, my favorite season and I can’t wait for the cooler temperatures to hit and to be able to pull on jeans and a sweater.

    I can never resist smoked salmon, so this salad looks incredible!

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    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — August 21, 2013 @ 7:53 am

    You have no idea how excited I am about this. My boys just brought home 30 pounds of King salmon from a fishing trip and they are going again in 2 weeks. My freezer is stocked and I’m always looking for new ways to prepare. Thanks!

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — August 21, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    I bet this is FABulous!{ps I’m excited for fall too!}

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    Jaclyn — August 21, 2013 @ 8:33 am

    Smoked salmon is the best, I love the idea of using it in a potato salad. I can’t wait to try this for myself!

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    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — August 21, 2013 @ 8:42 am

    YES! I’m very much ready for Fall! I love summer but Fall is where my heart is!

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    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — August 21, 2013 @ 9:13 am

    You aren’t alone…I love the Fall!
    I’m more anxious to get this Fall over with though so I can be done with nursing school forever! How is Ben doing with his program? Does he have long to go???
    I’m totally digging your salad. I love anything with smoked salmon!

    • Megan replied: — August 23rd, 2013 @ 6:59 am

      Yeah Ben has one more year for his RN, then one year for his BSN. I can’t wait for him to be done! It will be great! Lets all pop some bubbly together when you both finish!

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — August 21, 2013 @ 10:07 am

    Yessss! LOVE FALL and this potato salad! Genius call on the addition of smoked salmon!

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — August 21, 2013 @ 10:48 am

    I’m totally stoked for fall, especially if it includes potato salads like this! Love that salmon!!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — August 21, 2013 @ 12:41 pm

    Dude. I heart fall too and I’m also an October birthday!! (20th) I also could eat smoked salmon every hour of the day.

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — August 21, 2013 @ 2:17 pm

    I’m always looking for new ideas for potato salad – and salmon, too – and this is perfect! Totally mouthwatering!

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — August 21, 2013 @ 3:28 pm

    I am so ready for Fall! Even though there is no Fall to be in sunny California. This potato salad looks mouth watering though.

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    Des — August 21, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

    I knew there was a reason we got along so well! My birthday is on October too. And my son is Nov 1st, literally seconds away from being a Halloween baby. We LOVE LOVE LOVE fall in our house. I am counting down the days until labor day because that is when I put up my fall decorations. I don’t even care that it’s still technically summer :) Also, loving this salad, can’t get better than salmon here in the PNW!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — August 21, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

    Cracked up when I saw this dill–I have a similar massive stalk in my fridge! I suspect that in 3 days, everything will taste like dill…and I’m OK with that.
    (PS. Totally craving butternut squash everything. No fall judgement)

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — August 22, 2013 @ 5:08 am

    You are not alone! Im super ready for Fall! Pumpkin, football, boots and scarves…bring it on! Im ready for it!
    Smoked Salmon is one of my all time favorites..every time my father-in-law comes to visit he brings some with him and I basically live off it until its gone. This sounds incredible!

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    dixya| food, pleasure, and health — August 22, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    this takes the potato salad to whole new level – love it!

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — August 22, 2013 @ 5:11 pm

    Girl, this looks incredible! I would devour this!

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    Ashley - Baker by Nature — August 22, 2013 @ 9:12 pm

    This is so gorgeous and amazing and delicious I can hardly stand not having it right this moment!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — August 26, 2013 @ 4:08 pm

    Yum, this is great :) my husband will finish this in a minute!

  22. #
    Savannah — September 12, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

    Thanks for a wonderfully unusual recipe. I just included a link to it in my “Scratchin’ on the Web” section of my most recent post.

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