Take a break from canned tuna and try salmon instead in this simple Canned Salmon Salad Sandwich.
If I've told you this before, forgive me for repeating myself. But growing up, I recall that there was one dish in particular my mother made that I could NOT tolerate. Not only did I not want to eat it, I didn't want to smell it:
You know what I'm talking about, right? I guess they're Salmon Croquettes if you're all fancy-like. But they're basically a less expensive knock-off of a crab cake made with canned salmon.
I can't to this day figure out what I disliked about them so much. In theory, a fried fish patty sounds good to me now. But for some reason, I haven't made them yet myself as an adult... too much water under the bridge, so to speak?
Mom, I know you read all of my posts. Here's your chance. Next time I'm home, I'm asking that you make salmon patties and I promise to try them.
See... we can and do all grow up eventually. Even if it takes 40 years.
One of the other things that I recall about salmon patties is how freaked out I used to be about canned salmon. If you've ever opened a can, you know what I'm talking about...
They used to really bother me. So much so I just wouldn't buy canned salmon. And then somehow I ended up with a can of salmon on a day when I had NOTHING on hand for lunch and I was forced to give it a go. When faced with either "go hungry" or "get over it" I decided to give canned salmon another try. And boy am I glad I did. I now make a salmon salad sandwich like this one nearly every week for lunch.
This month's Recipe ReDux theme is all about lunch. If you find yourself thinking "Wait, isn't that a topic bloggers typically talk about in fall when school starts?" Well, you're right. But WE are not regular bloggers. WE know that most of you are probably limping along to the end of school and could use a little freshening up of your own brown bag.
This salmon salad filling is basically two ingredients -- canned salmon and ranch dressing. That may sound icky, but I promise it's major yum. Layer it up with crisp arugula and the sweet/tangy combo of sundried tomatoes... and oh my, it's a sandwich you won't soon forget.
The bones? Well that's a memory that stays with you forever, but as I said... some fears are worth getting over.
To check out what my fellow Recipe ReDuxers are serving up for lunch this month, be sure to check out the thumbnail gallery below.
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Canned Salmon Salad Sandwich
- 1/4 cup drained canned salmon
- 2 tablespoons ranch dressing (I used Marzetti Simply Dressed)
- 2 tablespoons sundried tomato paste
- 2 slices whole grain bread of choice, toasted
- 1/4 cup arugula
- Combine salmon and dressing in a small bowl. Spread sundried tomato paste evenly over one side of one bread slice. Assemble sandwich by layering salmon and arugula on one bread slice and topping with remaining bread slice.