Think Pink Avocado and Salmon Salad with Sweet Dairy-Free Wasabi Dressing


How often do you get to meet the person who actually caught your food? I had that opportunity when my universe collided with “Sockeye Shirley” of Pure Alaska Salmon Co. Not only did I get to nosh on some scrumptious curried salmon salad right in her home, but I also met the fisherman behind every can of their Wild Alaskan Salmon, her husband, Jim.

Best Quality Wild Alaska Salmon

I adore the details on each can of tuna, especially the cute “Al-tuna-tive” slogan. Note that the top can is one of their boneless, skinless varieties, while the bottom is bone-in, skin-on.

Honestly, I’ve never met two people who were so proud of the product they were putting out. Shirley offered every detail on the quality of their product, including the processes from their fishing boat to the store, how they package, and their continued commitment to improvement. Quite frankly, I think they’ve earned some serious bragging rights … their canned wild alaskan salmon is delicious! Pure Alaska Salmon offers both pink and red wild salmon varieties, and I’d be hard pressed to tell you which one is better. They really are the next best thing to fresh, and in some cases, better.

To give you a little back story, I had been on the hunt for a good quality brand of canned salmon for years. Why canned? Isn’t fresh best? Fresh salmon is of course an excellent food, but canned, at least this brand of canned, is amazingly close to fresh, and it packs a little dairy-free secret. The varieties with bones are actually a great source of non-dairy calcium. The bones are very soft, and easily mash into the salmon, making them completely undetectable in recipes such as the salmon salad below, yet each can contains about 350mg of dairy-free calcium!

The boneless varieties do make for better presentation, and Pure Alaska Salmon Co has you covered, no matter your preference, but for the full nutritional value, opt for the bone in and even skin-on varieties. As an added bonus, Shirley is committed to making high-quality canned wild alaskan salmon affordable, so she makes every effort to keep the price reasonable, without sacrificing quality. Thus far, you can find Pure Alaska Salmon at Whole Foods, via Amazon, and direct from Shirley herself! So pick up a few cans and enjoy this rich avocado and salmon salad recipe.

Avocado and Canned Salmon Salad with Sweet Wasabit Dairy-Free Dressing

Think Pink Salmon and Avocado Salad with Sweet Dairy-Free Wasabi Dressing
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Thanks to Shirley, salmon has replaced our weekly tuna, and this recipe is just one of the ways we are enjoying it. My love of sushi is emphasized in the flavors of this simple lunchtime salad. The wasabi definitely adds flavor, but it is much milder than you might expect. Use bone-in, skin-on salmon for an extra boost of calcium and omega-3′s!
Serves: 2 large salads
  • ½ Ounce Cashews or 1 Tablespoon Cashew Butter (can omit for nut-free)
  • 3 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1 Teaspoon Soy Sauce or Wheat-Free Tamari (for gluten-free)
  • ½ to 1 Teaspoon Wasabi Paste or Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • 1 Romaine “Heart”
  • 1 Carrot, thinly sliced or grated
  • ½ Medium to Large Avocado, cut into thin slices or chunks
  • 1 7.5 Ounce Can Salmon (I used Think Pink Wild Canned Salmon from Pure Alaska Salmon Co)
  1. If using cashews, grind the cashews into a powder in your spice / coffee grinder.
  2. Combine the cashew powder or cashew butter with the rice vinegar, honey, soy sauce or tamari, wasabi, and sesame oil in a small bowl, whisking until well combined. Set the dressing aside to thicken while you make the salad.
  3. Shred the lettuce and divide between two large bowls.
  4. Top the salads with the carrot and avocado, and flake the salmon onto the salads.
  5. Drizzle the dressing atop the salads, tossing to coat, and serve.
This recipe is Pescatarian, Dairy free, Egg free, Gluten free, optionally Nut free, Peanut free, and Wheat free.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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