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Smoked Salmon Salad is special occasion elegant, but easy enough to make on a weeknight. It pairs well with other salads and appetizers in a party or brunch spread, yet is hearty enough to be a meal on its own.

smoked salmon salad served on a white platter

 In many of salads that include farro (like Greek Farro Salad and Charlie Bird’s Farro Salad), it’s the focal ingredient. But in this Smoked Salmon Salad recipe, it’s an accessory. Here buttery, smoky salmon and creamy goat cheese are the stars.

Ample flavors and textures are at play in this Smoked Salmon Salad. Tender salad greens like baby spinach and arugula, salty-rich smoked salmon, bitter radicchio, nutty farro, crunchy walnuts, and creamy goat cheese are tossed in a creamy, fresh lemon juice spiked salad dressing. Every bite is a little different.

Ingredient Options

  • Though I love this recipe as is, it’s one of those recipes that is easily amenable. Don’t hesitate to swap in or embellish with your favorite ingredients.
  • Not a fan of goat cheese? Feta or a soft farmer’s cheese make a great substitute. (Or top with crispy Baked Goat Cheese rounds instead.) Want to add a bit of heat? Thinly sliced red onion is a great choice. Craving more butteriness? Add avocado slices. A touch of sweetness? Toss in a few cherry tomatoes. Want to add a briny, herbaceous edge? A few capers and a shower of fresh dill will do the trick. Feel free to make this your own!
  • And if you’ll be serving this to someone on a gluten free diet, brown rice or oat groats will stand in nicely for the farro.

If you have time to plan ahead, much of this salad can be prepared in advance. (See my in-depth guide on How to Cook Farro) But if you plan to eat it over a couple of days, be sure to store the ingredients separately and assemble just before serving.  

If you love fish and seafood salads, don’t miss these recipes for Crab Salad and Nicoise Salad. And though I love smoked salmon for this salad, leftover Slow Roasted Salmon or Salmon Piccata are other delicious options.

Smoked Salmon Salad with Farro and Goat Cheese

5 from 6 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: American
Calories: 214
Servings: 4 people
This salad comes together quickly if you’ve cooked the farro ahead of time. And, not only is it delicious, it’s hearty enough to be a meal on its own.

Ingredients  

  • 1/4 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 3 ounces soft goat cheese divided
  • juice of 1 Meyer lemon
  • 1 teaspoon milk or more
  • 2 green onions finely chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 ounces mixed baby greens
  • 1/2 head radicchio coarsely chopped
  • 5 ounces smoked salmon broken up into bite-size pieces
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cooked farro

Instructions 

  • To make the dressing: Whisk together sour cream or yogurt in a medium bowl, 1 ounce of the goat cheese and lemon juice. Whisk in milk, one teaspoon at a time, until dressing reaches the consistency you're after. Whisk in green onions and season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • On a large serving platter, scatter mixed baby greens and radicchio in an even layer. Sprinkle smoked salmon, walnuts, farro and remaining goat cheese evenly over the top. Drizzle with dressing and serve.

Notes

Note that cooking time does not include time to cook farro.

Nutrition

Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 387mg | Potassium: 316mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 802IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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40 Comments

  1. Valentina says:

    I must’ve missed this somehow, so I’m so happy it was on your homepage. I’m a huge farro fan and love it in salads. There are so many hearty (and tasty!) ingredients in this that it’s all I need for a whole meal. 🙂 ~Valentina

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      I love to hear this, Valentina! Farro salads are always a good idea. 🙂

  2. Ken says:

    5 stars
    I came across your recipe by accident. I had leftover smoked salmon after having it with bagels and cream cheese. I didn’t want it to go bad so I googled ideas for recipes and initially came across a different smoked salmon and farro salad recipe. I didn’t have everything on hand for that recipe, and I did not want to go out to the store, so I continued looking and came across this one.

    This review may not be totally fair because I did not make your recipe exactly as is either because I did not have everything for your recipe. I did not have radicchio or walnuts. I did everything else as your recipe is written – the dressing, baby greens, and farro. The additions that I made came from the other recipe – toasted pepitas, cucumber in large dice, sliced hard-boiled eggs, and diced avocado. So, in reality, what I did is a combination of two recipes. I also added a bit of baby spinach. My end product was delicious. Your dressing really is good and brought together all of the different flavors. I will make your recipe as it is written as it is probably a little easier than what I did.

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      So glad you enjoyed this, Ken, and that you made it your own with what you had on hand!

  3. Liz says:

    Yum! Smoked salmon and farro are two of my favorite ingredients! And putting them together into a gorgeous salad was genius!!

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Thank you, Liz!

  4. Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen says:

    5 stars
    Perfect salad for lunch or dinner Marissa. I love the flavor combination. Can’t wait to give it a try!

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Thanks so much, Mary Ann!

  5. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says:

    5 stars
    I absolutely love smoked salmon! This salad is screaming my name! Not only is it gorgeous, but you’ve also loaded it with so many delicious goodies!! I could easily eat this for lunch and dinner on repeat! I can’t wait to make this… immediately!

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      aww…thanks so much, Cheyanne!