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Leftover Salmon Salad with Yogurt and Dill

This Leftover Salmon Salad with Yogurt and Dill was such a successful experiment with leftover salmon that I just had to share it!

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Leftover Salmon Salad with Yogurt and Dill finished salad in bowl

Is it possible to take a piece of leftover grilled salmon, add some yogurt, celery, dill from your garden and a few seasonings, and create a salad you’ll absolutely drool over? I’m happy to report it is, and I quickly devoured this salmon salad I created a few days ago.

Faced with a piece of leftover salmon and temperatures in the 90’s in Salt Lake, I checked the web for salmon salad ideas and then experimented until I had a delicious full-meal salad. As I’ve said before, this type of creative cooking is one of my favorite ways to cook. Of course, taking a starring role in the salad is fresh dill, and I know I’m repeating myself, but I’m happy I remembered to plant some dill this year!

More About Fresh Dill:

Dill is an annual herb, and is relatively easy to grow. Luckily, if you let the plant go to seed at the end of the season, it will drop enough seeds to come up again the following year. I bought plants at the garden center, this year so my dill is already quite large and producing a lot of leaves. Dill is used in three ways, with the fresh leaves being called dill, the dried leaves called dill weed, and the seeds called dill seed. It’s used in many cuisines, but particularly in Europe, India, and the Mediterranean, and in the U.S. it’s probably most famous as a seasoning for pickles. 

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How to Make Leftover Salmon Salad with Yogurt and Dill:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Start by flaking the salmon apart with a fork. You want rather largish chunks, since it will get broken up a bit more when you’re mixing it.
  2. Wash and dry celery, then cut into slices about 1/4 inch thick. If you’re not a big celery fan, you could chop it a little finer.
  3. Wash and dry green onions, then slice into thin slices. I like to keep washed green onions handy in the fridge so it’s easy to grab a few.
  4. Wash and dry dill (I used a small salad spinner) then remove the thinner stems and leaves. Discard the thick stems, and finely chop the rest.
  5. Mix salmon, celery, green onions, and dill in a bowl.
  6. Whisk together Greek yogurt, mayo, lemon juice, celery seed, and salt, and then gently mix dressing into salad. 
  7. Chill salad for 30 minutes, or longer is possible.

More Tasty Ideas with Salmon:

Salmon and Asparagus Salad
Air Fryer Salmon with Mustard Herb Sauce
Baked Salmon with Pesto and Tomatoes

Leftover Salmon Salad with Yogurt and Dill finished salad in bowl

Leftover Salmon Salad with Yogurt and Dill

Yield 1 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

This Leftover Salmon Salad with Yogurt and Dill is one of the best things I've ever made with leftover salmon.



  • 6 oz. leftover cooked salmon (see notes)
  • 1 cup celery, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onion
  • 2 T chopped fresh dill

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 2 T Greek yogurt
  • 2 T mayo
  • 1 T  fresh lemon juice (see notes)
  • 1/2 tsp. celery seed
  • 1/4 tsp. salt


  1. Gently break apart cooked salmon filet with a fork and place in plastic or glass bowl.
  2. Add sliced celery, sliced green onions, and finely chopped dill and gently combine.
  3. Whisk together dressing ingredients in smaller bowl, then gently fold into salad, being careful not to over-mix. Salad should be chunky.
  4. Chill 30 minutes or up to a few hours.
  5. Serve slightly cold. This would probably keep overnight in the fridge, but it won't last that long.


You could also use one can of salmon, although of course fresh cooked salmon is best. I like sour flavors; you may prefer a bit less lemon juice.

Recipe created by Kalyn when she had leftover salmon and fresh dill in the garden.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 587Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 32gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 958mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 42g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This leftover salmon salad is a wonderful meal for low-carb eating plans, including any phase of the original South Beach Diet. 

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    30 Comments on “Leftover Salmon Salad with Yogurt and Dill”

  1. Marie, thanks; so glad you liked it!

  2. Made a version of this today because I had some salmon leftover from last night's dinner. Didn't have any fresh dill, no celery…so I put dill weed in with the dressing, and tossed it all with some salmon and green onions. And still – wow. It was delicious! Can't wait to try it with fresh herbs. As always, GREAT recipe, Kalyn!

  3. Thanks for the feedback; I hadn't tried it wth canned salmon but good to know it will work.

  4. I tried it with canned salmon (with bones) for dinner today and it was excellent…washed it down with a glass of Pinot Noir. I put the salad in the fridge for 1/2 hour before eating it. It was a bit heavy with the Yoghurt. Plan to try it without Yoghurt next time as I typically have Greek Yoghurt in the mornings anyway.

    But I can see how this salad could impress a date as I can use fish but not worry about my entire place smelling of fish 😉

  5. Kristin, glad you liked it! Good idea to transform it into pasta salad too. Funny you just commented, because earlier today I was thinking I need to make this.

  6. This was really good! I was searching for something to do with leftover grilled salmon, and came across this recipe. We decided to take it one step further, and made it into a pasta salad by making up a 1/2 package of noodles, and then adding them to the dressing and salmon mixtures, and then chilled them all together. It was perfect for a main dish on this hot summer evening. Thanks!

  7. Tasha, so glad you liked it. I’m growing dill again this year, just so I can make this salad!

  8. I love to have salmon for dinner, but I like to have leftovers for lunch, instead of making a separate, often boring, salad. But I never thought I could have leftover salmon. I literally just finished eating this, and I can’t wait to have leftovers again! This recipe is so delicious! I think I might add some cucumber next time. Thanks 🙂

  9. Anonymous, glad to hear you liked it. Very good idea to mix first for that amount of salad too!

  10. I made this for the 4th of July potluck, and it was a great hit. I made it with 1.5 pounds salmon. And I doubled the recipe. I also mixed all the ingrediants First before adding the chunks of Salmon last.