Arugula Salmon Salad with Capers and Shaved Parmesan

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Whenever I make salmon for dinner, I usually cook an extra piece for lunch just to make this arugula salmon salad with capers and shaved Parmesan – so good and loaded with good fats and omegas!

Arugula Salmon Salad
Arugula Salmon Salad

Here’s an easy recipe to use leftover salmon especially if you’re cooking for one. This is one of my go-to salads for lunch, the capers compliment the salmon so well! If you don’t have leftover salmon, no worries I provided directions to cook it as well.

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Salmon is one of my favorite fish, and bonus it’s loaded with omega-3 fatty acids! Salmon is also a fantastic protein source and far less saturated fat than chicken or beef.


  • If arugula isn’t available where you live, you can use mizuna or baby mixed greens.
  • Canned salmon works perfectly fine here.

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Arugula Salmon Salad
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Arugula Salmon Salad with Capers and Shaved Parmesan

288 Cals 32.6 Protein 2.1 Carbs 16.1 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Yield: 1 serving
COURSE: Lunch, Salad
CUISINE: American
Whenever I make salmon for dinner, I usually cook an extra piece for lunch just to make this arugula salmon salad with capers and shaved Parmesan – loaded with good fats and omegas!


  • 1 1/2 cups baby arugula
  • 4 oz cooked sockeye wild salmon, skin removed
  • 1 tsp capers, drained
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp shaved parmesan, about .25 oz total
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste


  • I used leftover salmon, but if using raw salmon, simply season it with a little salt and pepper and bake it for about 10 minutes 400F, or in a pan lightly sprayed with oil. You can also air fry salmon 400F 6 to 8 minutes.
  • To make the salad, place the arugula on a dish, sprinkle with salt and fresh cracked pepper and top with salmon and capers.
  • Drizzle a little oil and vinegar on top and finish off with fresh shaved parmesan.


Serving: 1salad, Calories: 288kcal, Carbohydrates: 2.1g, Protein: 32.6g, Fat: 16.1g, Saturated Fat: 3.5g, Cholesterol: 86mg, Sodium: 288.5mg, Fiber: 0.6g, Sugar: 1.2g
WW Points Plus: 8
Keywords: Arugula Salmon Salad with Capers and Parmesan, cold salmon salad, grilled salmon salad, leftover salmon recipes, salmon arugula salad

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  1. So yummy!

  2. I just made this and it’s delicious! I used one of the prepared salmon filets from Trader Joe’s and an herb infused olive oil to add a little more flavor, and it’s phenomenal! Super simple, I’m ooking forward to having it again.

  3. We usually order carryout on Friday night. But today we got salmon fillets from Imperfect Foods, and a clamshell of arugula – so, presto! Dinner almost made itself. Will probably add Kubota tomato wedges to the salad, and a slice of sourdough toast to the  plate, 

  4. Just about the easiest weeknight dinner there is and so yummy. I season my salmon with Trader Joe’s lemon pepper seasoning before air frying.

  5. Simple but delicious! I make this for lunch as I work from home. So easy to pop in the fish and toss together the salad. Filling and tasty! 

  6. Sooo simple and sooo delicious!!

  7. very deliciouses salade i love it

  8. Easy staple in our home. It’s easy to switch it up by changing up the dressing with a Dijon vinegarette or just ages balsalmic! Yum!! 

  9. I love the flavors in this salad that is also easy to jar up. Put the oil, vinegar and capers at the bottom of The nar, followed by the salmon, shaved park and greens. Lasted two days for me. Delicious!

  10. Simple and delicious! If I don’t have salmon, I use canned TUNA and it is still great.

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  12. We have made this salad sooooooo many times! It is my go-to if I don’t know what to make for dinner. It is unbelievably simple and tasty. If the Big Guy is stopping for a package of arugula on the way home anyway, we add in some cherry or grape tomato halves; the sweet acidity balances nicely with the saltiness of the capers and parmesan. Thank you for posting this recipe!

  13. I made this salad for my fiancé and I last night. We loved it!

  14. Just made this salad for lunch! Used fresh lemon in place of vinegar. Just love this salad!!!

  15. I simply hate fish. I've tried very hard to like it, but I can't seem to get used to the texture. Could I substitute chicken or turkey in this salad? If so, how many oz would be the about equal?

  16. Eating this right now for lunch. It is incredible! Thanks for sharing!

  17. looking simple and tasty recipe but quantity of Arugula is overfull.. otherwise perfect salad.

  18. I posted a similar salad on my blog recently, using smoked salmon, a poached egg (yum! and no added fat for cooking) and a lemon-parmesan dressing. Check it out!

  19. I posted a similar salad on my blog recently, using smoked salmon, a poached egg and a lemon-parmesan dressing. I absolutely adore arugula — I could eat it plain!

  20. hubs just found out he needs to go on a low carb diet so we made this tonight. it was SO delicious. THANK YOU!!

  21. Oh I have to have this! So fresh & healthy. Loving arugula like crazy right now!

  22. This salad looks really delicious.

  23. I looks delicious! Do you heat the salmon a bit before combining it with the salad? I've never had it cold…

  24. Made this last night, and I love the flavor combination! I wilted the arugula just a bit in the pan i cooked the salmon in, and everything came out perfect. Served it with a baked potato. I'll be making this dinner again soon, yum! 🙂

  25. Great idea for using leftovers! I never know what to do with leftover fish especially because I'm always worried it's not going to taste very good. Adding some lemon juice probably keeps fresh tasting.

  26. Sounds delicious…can't wait to try it! What do you think of smoked salmon on this salad?

  27. This sounds great and I can't wait to dig in. I was surprised at the 8 ppv. I added it to my recipe builder and came up with 6 ppv using the kind of salmon I usually find locally. Thanks for this great idea.

    • It was the leanest wild option I could find. Alaskan wild pink or chum salmon fillets are the leanest options and lower the points if you can find them!

  28. I seriously want this for dinner. Love arugula, love salmon, love capers, love parm! It probably would be great with just a splash of lemon juice too instead of using any vinegar at all.

  29. I love simple oil and vinegar as a dressing, it really lets the other flavors int he salad stand out. Looks fabulous!

  30. Wow, what a great salad! The photos are gorgeous too!!! This would be perfect for my din din tonight!

  31. Gina: Could I use canned salmon?

  32. This sounds like the best salad, especially to pack. Do you have any other ideas for dressings? I am not a huge fan of just oil and vinegar? Thanks for all your work!!

  33. I thought there was an egg cracked on top – honestly this salad looks great but the egg would make it that much better! 🙂