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Mediterranean Salmon Pasta in a bowl with dill and lemon on a cutting board

Mediterranean Salmon Pasta Salad with Lemon Dill Dressing

  • Author: Karen
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 5 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This fresh, citrusy Mediterranean Salmon Pasta Salad with Lemon Dill Dressing tossed with green beans and feta is delicious; ready in 25 minutes and uses canned salmon for a budget bonus.


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  • 12oz rotini pasta, traditional or gluten-free.
  • 1 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1″ pieces or 12-oz frozen green beans
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely diced
  • 14.75-oz can of wild-caught pink or red salmon, drained.*
  • 1 lemon zested
  • 1 lemon, juiced 1/4 cup**
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 24 Tablespoons fresh dill, chopped or 1 teaspoon dry; reserve some for garnish
  • 4oz feta cheese block, crumbled***


  1. Cook pasta in boiling pasta water according to package directions, adding cut green beans (fresh or frozen) during the last 5 minutes of pasta cooking. Before draining, scoop 1 cup of salted water into a coffee mug. Drain and rinse for a few seconds with cold water.
  2. Meanwhile, Combine Salad. Combine onions, dill, salmon, and half of the crumbled feta in a large serving bowl. Note: Mix in any bones and skin from the can since they have great nutritional value.
  3. Make Dressing while the pasta cooks: Whisk together the olive oil, lemon zest, juice, mustard, salt, and pepper.
  4. Add pasta and green beans to the salmon in the large serving dish. If you need a little moisture, add some of the pasta water, one tablespoon at a time.
  5. Combine salad dressing and mix all ingredients.
  6. Garnish. Top with remaining feta cheese and sprinkle extra dill to garnish.



* Most canned salmon contains small bones that are edible and very high in calcium, and easily break apart. If this is an issue, look for pouches.

**More juice is expressed from a room-temperature lemon

***For the best flavor, do not use fat-free or pre-crumbled feta

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Fish and Seafood
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: canned salmon, dill, lemon, green beans, feta, Mediterranean diet, potluck recipe, picnic dish, lenten meal, meatless Fridays dinner

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