Smoked Salmon Potato Salad

Mix up a summer classic with this tasty Smoked Salmon Potato Salad!

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Mix up a summer classic with this tasty Smoked Salmon Potato Salad!It’s funny how parents can understand their own child’s baby talk.  To anyone else, Robbie’s babbling would be just that…baby babbling.  But to us, we totally know what he’s talking about.  There are some relatively obvious words like “gog” when he refers to one of the dogs.  Or “nana” when he wants a banana.  And there are some very clear words like mama and dada.  But then there are the less obvious words.  For example, we’ve figured out that a very soft “puff” refers to a dog barking.  (It’s because we tell him that dogs say “woof woof.”)  And “bubba” refers to his pacifier, aka WubbaNub.  But one of our favorites is “blub blub.”

Mix up a summer classic with this tasty Smoked Salmon Potato Salad!I was walking Robbie down the hall at daycare the other day, and he randomly just started shouting “blub blub!” “blub blub!”  Anyone else would probably assume that it’s just random babble.  But not the parents.  We know that “blub blub” means fish, and sure enough there was a painting on the wall with a huge fish.  I’d never actually noticed this painting…but Robbie sure saw it!

Mix up a summer classic with this tasty Smoked Salmon Potato Salad!Back in the winter, we had an aquarium open up here in our area.  Now if you’re familiar with the Albany, NY area, then you probably had the same reaction as us: ‘Huh?  An aquarium?  We aren’t a big enough city for an aquarium.’  (Laura and I moved from Atlanta, where the Georgia Aquarium is world-famous!)  But, sure enough, we now have an aquarium.  It’s not very large, and it’s primarily geared for kids…but it’s great for Robbie.  You should see the look on his face when we go there!  (Not to mention the constant stream of “blub blub” the whole time.)

In somewhat related news, Laura was traveling for work recently and picked him up some play pots and pans with stuffed food.  There’s farfalle pasta, sausage links, a wedge of cheese, an eggplant…and a salmon.  How exactly are we supposed to tell him to cook the “blub blub”?  I think that discussion will get saved for another day when he’s much older…

Mix up a summer classic with this tasty Smoked Salmon Potato Salad!And that roundabout story of Robbie’s babbling brings us to this Smoked Salmon Potato Salad.  Or maybe I should’ve called it Blub Blub Potato Salad.  Either way, this one is super fun!  I love a good classic potato salad, but I also like toying with classic recipes.  And that’s how this Smoked Salmon Potato Salad came about.

This recipe includes the classic potato salad ingredients like onions, mayo and celery…but then I added in some asparagus, peas and of course smoked salmon.  (You may remember this Pesto Potato Salad from last month where I included fresh green beans and peas.)  And then I used a bit of dill to bring all of the flavors together.  This potato salad is delicious…trust me!

Mix up a summer classic with this tasty Smoked Salmon Potato Salad!So if you’re looking for a twist on a classic summer picnic food, give this Smoked Salmon Potato Salad a shot!  (And if at all possible, try to find wild salmon…it’s worth the extra cost.)  Enjoy this summer weather, my friends!

Mix up a summer classic with this tasty Smoked Salmon Potato Salad!

Smoked Salmon Potato Salad

Mix up a summer classic with this tasty Smoked Salmon Potato Salad!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Refrigeration Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 301kcal



  • Place potatoes in a large steamer basket over boiling water; steam for 16-18 minutes, or until fork-tender.
  • Place asparagus in boiling water and cook for 4-6 minutes, or until crisp tender.
  • Transfer potatoes to a large bowl; let cool. Whisk together Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, parsley, lemon juice and dill until well combined. Pour over potatoes and gently toss to cover.
  • Add remaining ingredients (cooked asparagus, peas, celery, red onion, smoked salmon, pepper and salt); toss gently until well combined.
  • Chill for 2 hours or overnight.
  • {Optional} Garnish with green onions before serving.

Mix up a summer classic with this tasty Smoked Salmon Potato Salad!

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    1. Oh my gosh, you need to dive into potato salad from scratch ASAP, Katherine! Like yesterday! 🙂 My Southern Potato Salad is a classic recipe, and it’s still one of my favorites (it’s posted here on Spiced, too), but this version with smoked salmon is a fun way to add a little potato salad variety in there. Thank you so much for swinging by and commenting, my friend!

  1. I love the Robbie stories! I’m also a little surprised to hear there’s an aquarium in Albany, but since my hometown of 130,000 people has an opera I probably shouldn’t be. Taking him to see the blub blubs must be the most fun thing ever :). This potato salad sounds DELICIOUS! I love smoked salmon and have rarely met a potato salad I didn’t devour. Have a great week, David!

    1. Wait, your hometown has an opera? Only 130,000 people in town? Did you sing in the opera? 🙂 So I really need to post the video of him at the aquarium, Kelsie. It’s too much! So I also share your love for smoked salmon and potato salads are a summer requirement…so it just seemed natural to combine the two together. I hope your week is off to a great start!

  2. Haha – your Robbie-talk story has me meandering down memory lane to when I was the only one who swore Lil Shashi could talk! Dude, I cannot wait to hear what transpires between y’all and Robbie when y’all use those stuffed pots and pans to tell him that blub blub can be cooked and is actually so delicious! Hopefully, he will not decide to go vegetarian! 🙂 Speaking of delicious – using smoked Blub Blub in this Potato Salad is such a genius idea! I’ve never tried it before – but once, a friend introduced me to the delicious combo of a baked potato topped with tuna salad and gosh! YUM! Thanks for the inspiration, David! And, happy happy Monday to all of y’all – hoping this weekend was a wonderful one for ya!

    1. Hahaha…there is no way Robbie can end up vegetarian around here! Well, I guess he could because we’re having a heck of a time to get him to eat anything other than chicken fingers and fish sticks. And we don’t even eat food like that ourselves! He’s definitely a picky eater, but I hope that will improve over time. Plus, chicken fingers and fish sticks are like quintessential kid food, so he has to experience them! 🙂 Hmmm…a baked potato topped with tuna fish (or smoked salmon!!) would be quite delicious. Baked potatoes are really a blank canvas for all sorts of deliciousness! Thanks for the idea and comment, my friend!

    1. Haha! Ok, it’s a deal, Kathy. We’ll keep this one as Smoked Salmon Potato Salad. Smoked Blub Blub Salad just doesn’t have quite the same ring to it! 🙂

  3. Man oh Man something happened to me this year and now I’m in love with smoked salmon. I can’t get enough of it. It’s soooo darn delicious so I know this smoked salmon potato salad will make my tastebuds very very happy. Ahhhh a soft puff is a dog barking now that’s adorable. I love visiting aquariums, I had no idea Georgia’s Aquarium is world famous.

    1. I hear ya on smoked salmon, Mary! It really is delicious, and it’s so good in so many different recipes. I loved this potato salad, but Shashi gave me the idea in her comment above to try smoked salmon on top of a baked potato. Think how tasty that would be! Oh my gosh, go check out the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. I just googled it out of curiosity, and it’s the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere. That’s legit!!

  4. I understand nothing in kid’s bubbling, but I clearly see you will need a serious “father-son” talk about “blub blub” stuff, haha. Keep us updated, David! Also, although you haven’t acknowledged this fact, I clearly see my influence in this delightful salad. Because salad, potato salad, smoked salmon…:) I would love to have this one with some avocado inside. I think creamy rich avocado will make an excellent addition to this combo. Well done, David!

    1. Oh, I didn’t used to understand kid’s babbling either, Ben. But then little Robbie came along, and you just develop a second-sense in understand babble! Ooo…avocado would indeed be a good one for this salad. There’s your influence coming through! Thanks, my friend!!

  5. Love your stories that involve Robbie, David. That wee guy sounds so cute. Has Laura bought the play pots and pans with stuffed food so as to encourage him to become a budding chef like yourself? 🙂

    We’ve an abundance of excellent fresh smoked salmon here in Scotland and I can just taste now how delicious your salad would be using that. Thanks for this recipe David. Pinned!

    1. Why thank you so much, Neil! I’ll have to include more Robbie stories here…as long as folks don’t get tired of hearing about toddler antics! 🙂 I think Laura wants him to become a chef so he can start cooking for us…haha!

      So you guys have the most amazing smoked salmon over there in Scotland! Seriously. I can’t find smoked salmon here in the States that even comes close to the stuff we ate over there in the Highlands. Definitely use some of that for this potato salad. It’s a summer classic!

    1. It sounds like Robbie and your grandson are pretty close in age! I swear every day Robbie has a new word (or at least new babble), and it’s fun to watch him in this stage! Also, this potato salad really is quite tasty. Thanks so much, Dawn!

  6. Wow! This looks and sounds amazing. What a great flavor combination! I love the baby talk story, too! You are right, parents become translators and others just look at you like “yeah, where did you get “fish” from “blub-blub”? So precious!

    1. Hey Laura! Thank you so much for the kind words. 🙂 I’ve gotta say that smoked salmon in potato salad is definitely a new favorite around our house. And as far as translating baby babble, my wife and I are loving it! Seriously! It seems like he is babbling a new word daily right now, and some are just downright hilarious. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

  7. Ha!! I totally get the ‘understanding of baby code talk’! My oldest used to call raisins ‘wee-os’ and we had no idea why, but we knew that’s what she meant when she said it!!! And our youngest (now 6) still calls his blanket his ‘mimi. Kids, right?!? This salad sounds amazing and I for sure think you should call it blub blub salad at least at home 😉

    1. Haha! Wee-os. I love it. It makes no sense at all, but you as the parents totally understand what she’s saying. Kids really are hilarious! Exhausting. But hilarious! 🙂 I’m thinking you’re right about calling this the blub blub salad here at home. No one else will have a clue what we’re talking about, but we will! Thanks so much, Lindsay!

  8. I love salmon with potato salad, but you have just thrown the salmon right in there and I am totally on board with that. Adding a big bowl of this to my next BBQ.

    1. Dannii!! How the heck are you?? 🙂 So summer isn’t summer without all sorts of delicious potato salad, right? And smoked salmon on potato salad is totally something that needs to happen! Especially over there where you guys have the best smoked salmon. Thanks so much for stopping by again, my friend!

    1. Thanks, Jeff! I noticed that asparagus in your pasta salad…I feel like asparagus is a fun addition to pasta salads. It’s unexpected, but quite tasty! Thanks so much for swinging back by to leave a comment here. Cheers!

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