Salmon Salad with Grapes and Pecans

Salmon Salad with Grapes & Pecans updates a classic chicken salad. Serve as a sandwich or as a salad for lunch, brunch, shower or dinner.

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Salmon Salad with Grapes & Pecans updates a classic chicken salad. Serve as a sandwich or salad for lunch, brunch, shower or dinner.

Today’s Salmon salad with grapes and pecans recipe is based on a chicken salad with grapes recipe I ate growing up. I was a picky eater back then and always suspicious of sandwich spreads–who knows what could be lurking inside! But this recipe was an exception. 

With a sweet brightness from the grapes, I went it for every time. Now, as an adult on a mission to eat more salmon, I wondered, could this be even better with salmon?  

So when the Melissa’s Produce box I got for #FallFlavor Week included beautiful red grapes, I knew the time was now. Melissa’s Produce is the largest distributor of specialty produce in the United States and carries fun, “exotic” items like kumquats along with must-haves like grapes! Melissa's produce box

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What Makes This a Winner

Just in case the punch of freshness from the grapes isn’t enough to convince you, this recipe is:

  • A Healthier Updated Classic – who can resist a classic that gets an update, especially if it’s healthier! With the omega-3 rich salmon plus a lower-fat, higher-calcium dressing, you get the best of both worlds.
  • Versatile – this salmon salad can be served as a sandwich, or as a simple salad with lots of fun variations (see “Variations” below) Salmon Salad with Grapes & Pecans updates a classic chicken salad. Serve as a sandwich or salad for lunch, brunch, shower or dinner.
  • Go Fancy or Everyday — Serve this salad on toast or in a wrap for every day. Or go upscale for a shower or elegant brunch by serving on a croissant or topping half of an avocado.

Step by Step Directions

Since, I couldn’t find my mother’s recipe, I went out to her old Betty Crocker cookbook.  And with some tweaks we were in for a tasty easy lunch!  And prep was so easy!

You cook salmon, cool and cut into bite-sized pieces. Poach salmon

Halve grapes Halve grapes

Chop other ingredients as needed.cut celery

Mix up dressing and combine everything. mix ingredients

Serve as a salad or as a sandwich filling.


While I think the simplicity is part of the beauty of this Salmon Salad, there is still room for creative add-ins. Betty Crocker did a variation with bacon bits which is hard to argue with. And dried cranberries are a common add-in that would up your fruit intake.

Now one of the reasons that this recipe is fun is because it can go sandwich or salad. For a sandwich, you get to decide between serving on a croissant for an elegant look, or going with a wrap or toast for a more casual treat. In any case, I’d add lettuce. Salmon Salad with Grapes & Pecans updates a classic chicken salad. Serve as a sandwich or salad for lunch, brunch, shower or dinner.

As a salad you can simply go plain—probably on top a lettuce leaf. Or serve atop a full mixed green salad for super nutrition!  Serving in a hollowed out tomato or on half of an avocado would be other fun options!

What to Serve With

Since you really don’t get a full serving of fruit from the grapes in the salad, a cluster of grapes would be lovely on the side, whether this is served as a sandwich or a salad.    

If used in a sandwich, some pasta salad would be a fun side dish. Other options include fruit slices, raw veggies or the classic pickle and chips.  I’ve used my Broccoli Waldorf Salad too.  Salmon Salad with Grapes & Pecans updates a classic chicken salad. Serve as a sandwich or salad for lunch, brunch, shower or dinner.

If serving as simple salad, I’d top a nest of lettuce leaves, then consider a croissant or dinner roll on the side. Raw veggies or apple slices would also be nice. These sides would also work for a stuffed tomato or avocado.

Tips & FAQs

I made this with fresh salmon that I poached in wine. But salmon leftovers would work well—or salmon cooked according to your favorite method!  Salmon Salad with Grapes & Pecans updates a classic chicken salad. Serve as a sandwich or salad for lunch, brunch, shower or dinner.

Of course, to save time or money—or simply for convenience, I don’t see why canned salmon wouldn’t work. You would probably need two cans (after removing bones and skin) for a full recipe. Just mix it in gently since it will be more fragile.

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Salmon Salad with Grapes & Pecans updates a classic chicken salad. Serve as a sandwich or salad for lunch, brunch, shower or dinner.

Salmon Salad with Grapes and Pecans

Salmon Salad with Grapes and Pecans

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Salmon Salad with Grapes and Pecans updates a classic chicken salad. Perfect for lunch or a light supper on croissants, lettuce leaves, avocado half or more! 


Salmon Salad:

  • 2 10+ ounce salmon fillets (about 3 cups of cooked cubes)
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1 cup halved red seedless grapes
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • ½ cup chopped pecans


  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or enough to thin to mixable consistency)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, pepper (or to taste)


    Bring ½ cup white wine and ½ cup water (can sub all water or broth) to a simmer in a large skillet. Salt salmon lightly, then add to the skillet and cover. Simmer until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Cut into bite-sized cubes and cool (can set cooked salmon briefly in freezer to hasten cooling).

    Halve grapes and chop celery. Chop pecans if needed.

    Mix dressing ingredients.

    Combine cooled salmon with other ingredients and the dressing. Mix with a spoon until just combined.

    Serve on bread or croissants as a sandwich or over lettuce as a salad.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 256Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 231mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 5g

Nutrition data accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.

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19 thoughts on “Salmon Salad with Grapes and Pecans

  1. Amy Nash

    My new favorite lunch! Seriously this is so good with the sweetness from the grapes and crunch from the pecans! I like it just over a bed of lettuce!

  2. Jennifer

    This is incredible! Wine poached salmon as the base for this salad sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try this.

    1. Inger Post author

      The salmon is less strong than eating it straight. But you can always go with the original chicken Jennifer, if that doesn’t work–just measure out 3 cups of chopped chicken instead!

    1. Inger Post author

      The grapes were even nicer in this that I remembered Lynn and I loved the crunch from the pecans!

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