Salmon, Celery and Brown Rice Salad

This salad is easy to make and healthy too.

I love the fresh flavours from this salad and the crunch of the finely sliced celery. The addition of the red chilli garnish gives a little bit of a kick – if you want more heat then add more chilli 🙂

Canned salmon is something that I’m starting to use more often. It is very tasty and much cheaper than fresh or smoked salmon. I know the canned variety comes with some bones and skin but the bigger bits can be easily discarded. Any remaining small bones are pretty undetectable when you eat the salmon – although if you have small kids then you might want to use canned tuna instead.

To make the dish in the photos I used a brown rice & quinoa mixture because that is what I had in the pantry. The recipe would work well with plain brown rice or long-grain white rice instead. Use basmati rice if you are trying to eat low-GI.

Ingredients – serves 4:

  • 1 cup brown rice and quinoa mix (I used SunRice)
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 2 celery stalks, very finely sliced
  • 2 spring onions (green/salad onions), finely sliced
  • 200g/7 oz canned pink salmon, bones and skin removed
  • small handful fresh coriander (cilantro) leaves
  • 1 long red chilli, finely diced


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp lime juice (from a bottle is fine)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil, optional


  • Put the rice and water into a medium saucepan. Cover with a lid and place over a medium heat. Bring to the boil, then turn the heat down to low and simmer for 25 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave to sit for 5 minutes. (Alternatively, follow the packet directions for the type of rice that you are using.)
  • Put the cooked rice into a bowl and set aside to cool.
  • Once the rice has cooled, put it into a large bowl and use a fork to separate the grains if necessary.
  • Add the celery, spring onions and salmon. Stir using the fork to break up the salmon pieces until nicely flaked throughout the rice.
  • Transfer the rice salad to a serving plate.
  • Mix the dressing ingredients in a jar or small jug. Drizzle the dressing over the top of the salad.
  • Scatter over the fresh coriander leaves and finely diced red chilli.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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2 Responses to Salmon, Celery and Brown Rice Salad

  1. mybabysdish says:

    Yummyy! Definitely trying it

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