salmon dill pasta salad

Salmon Dill Pasta Salad

(nut free)

If you love pasta, salmon, and dill, this recipe is for you. The creamy dill dressing is similar to what you’d put on a potato salad, and it’s packed with veggies for added crunch & nutrients. It’s also super versatile: use tuna or chickpeas instead of salmon, add different veggies if you’d like.

creamy salmon dill pasta salad
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creamy salmon dill pasta salad

Creamy Salmon Dill Pasta Salad

  • Author: Megan Lange
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Chill Time: 1-2 hrs in fridge
  • Cook Time: 8 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hr 30 mins
  • Yield: 8 cups pasta salad (3-4 servings) 1x
  • Category: Pasta Salad


A simple pasta salad recipe, with canned salmon, dill, and fresh veggies.



For the pasta salad:

  • 225g pasta, uncooked
  • 2 cans (170g each) salmon*, drained
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 1 cup bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups cucumber, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds

For the creamy dill dressing:

  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill OR 2 tsp dried dill (1 tbsp fresh dill = 1 tsp dried dill)
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp fine salt
  • 1/4 tsp finely ground pepper


  1. Cook & drain the pasta according to package instructions (undercooked pasta is better than overcooked here – I cook mine for 7-8 minutes).
  2. Make the creamy dill dressing: In a small bowl or jar, mix together the plain yogurt, mayonnaise, dill, lemon juice, salt, and pepper until combined.
  3. Prep & chop the vegetables and drain the canned salmon.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together the cooked pasta, drained canned salmon, peas, chopped bell pepper, chopped cucumber, sunflower seeds, and creamy dill dressing. 
  5. Cover the mixture and place in the fridge for an hour or two to chill & so the flavours can meld together.
  6. Serve & enjoy as a meal or as a side dish. Store any leftovers in a well-sealed container in the fridge for 3-4 days.


*Canned tuna also works well in this recipe!

Make it Vegan: Omit the salmon, or replace with chickpeas or lentils. Use plant-based yogurt & mayonnaise alternatives (although keep in mind this may change the taste & consistency of the dressing – I cannot vouch for the results!). 

Make it Gluten Free: Use gluten free pasta.

Make it Egg Free: Use a plant-based mayonnaise alternative to replace the mayonnaise (I don’t recommend replacing the mayo with more yogurt, as it makes it fairly tart – but if you’re in to that, by all means go ahead!).

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