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Smoked Salmon Caesar Salad

  • 20-minute meal
  • No-cook
  • Easy
  • Smoked salmon
  • Salad
  • Active Time:15 min
  • Total Time:15 min
  • Servings:2
  • Difficulty:Easy
Photo by Julia Gartland

This elegant riff on the salad classic subs smoked salmon for anchovies, resulting in a creamy, tangy dressing pleasingly akin to Italian tonnato. Fast and simple, this salad also comes together in a single bowl. Easy clean-up makes it ideal for a workday lunch or the first course at an impromptu dinner party.


  • 2 slices crusty bread, 1 to 1½-inches thick, or a 4-inch piece baguette

  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided

  • Kosher salt

  • 6 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving

  • 1 ounce smoked salmon, very finely minced (about ¼ cup minced salmon) Available In Our Premium Subscription Box

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1 small clove garlic, grated

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more for serving

  • 1 large romaine heart, trimmed and halved lengthwise, and torn into large pieces


Toast the Croutons

Position a rack 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the broiler. Tear the bread into large, rustic chunks and toss on a baking sheet with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and a pinch of salt. Toast, turning halfway through, until golden brown on both sides, 3 to 5 minutes. Watch carefully, as broilers vary widely.

Make the Dressing

In a large bowl, whisk together the Parmesan, smoked salmon, mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic, and pepper until well-combined. Whisking constantly, add the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil to the bowl in a steady drizzle. Taste and season with salt.

Finish and Serve

Add the romaine and croutons to the bowl and toss to coat. Transfer to 2 plates, dividing evenly, then top with a generous sprinkling of Parmesan and more pepper.

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Pro Tips

Pair it Up

A crisp white wine like albariño or sauvignon blanc will cut through the rich dressing.

Spice It Up

Add ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes to the dressing for added spice.

If you don’t have bread on hand, toast ½ cup of panko bread crumbs under the broiler for 2 minutes or until golden brown, then immediately transfer to a bowl and season with salt.

Change It Up

Make a double batch of dressing and toss the rest with canned tuna for an elevated tuna salad sandwich.


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