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Salmon Cakes over Spring Salad
with radishes / cucumbers / rye croutons

Active: 35 minTotal: 35 min

This fresh salad is packed with some of our favorite seasonal ingredients and topped with a pan-seared salmon cake with capers.


Thousand Island Dressing:
  • Garlic - 1 clove, chopped
  • Mayonnaise - 1/3 cup
  • Ketchup - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Sweet pickle relish - 2 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 1/2 tsp
  • Paprika - 1/4 tsp
Salmon Cakes:
  • Salmon - 1 lb
  • Capers - 2 Tbsp, drained and chopped
  • Panko breadcrumbs - 1/2 cup
  • Eggs - 1
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
Spring Salad with Radishes and Cucumbers:
  • Bread, rye - 4 slices, cubed (sub any sandwich bread)
  • Radishes - 8, halved and sliced (sub snap peas or snow peas, thinly sliced)
  • Cucumbers - 8 oz, halved and sliced
  • Lettuce, butter - 8 oz, torn (sub romaine)
  • Peas, frozen - 1 cup
  • Butter - 2 Tbsp

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  1. Make dressing - (Skip if dressing was made ahead for Monday.) Chop garlic. Combine garlic, mayonnaise, ketchup, pickle relish, lemon juice, and paprika. Season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Bread - Slice bread into cubes. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  3. Salmon - Rinse and pat dry. Use a knife to chop up the salmon meat. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  4. Make salmon cakes - Drain and chop capers. Combine salmon, panko, egg, capers, mustard, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Form into 3/4” / 2 cm thick patties (1 patty / serving). (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  5. Radishes / Cucumbers / Lettuce - Prep as directed.
  6. Peas - Defrost peas in the microwave or by running them under warm water.


  1. Heat a large skillet or non-stick pan over medium heat. Add butter and then bread cubes to melted butter. Cook, flipping the bread every few minutes with a spatula, until crisp, 5 to 6 minutes. Season with some salt and pepper. Set croutons aside.
  2. Return pan to medium-high heat and add oil. Add salmon patties to heated oil. Sear on each side for 2 to 3 minutes. Lower heat to medium, cover pan with a lid or foil, and cook for another 2 minutes.
  3. If the dressing was made ahead, give it a stir. If it is too thick to easily pour, you can thin it out with some water.
  4. Assemble salads by creating a bed of lettuce. Top with radishes, cucumbers, peas, and croutons. Top each salad with a salmon cake. Finish with dressing at the table. Enjoy!

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This meal has 39 reviews

The salad dressing was a hit at our house.

By: Eva
Posted: Mar 23, 2019
Diet: Gluten-free

Loved the salmon cakes! Totally agree that buying skinless salmon would have made the prep much easier! We didnt love it over the salad though. Definitely adding to the favorites, but I think next time I’d pair with grilled asparagus and mashed potatoes with the dressing as a dipping sauce.

By: Lindsey
Posted: Mar 23, 2019
Diet: Original

This was delicious! I can’t get enough of the thousand island, and the croutons were fabulous. I’m not usually big on radishes, but they were the perfect flavor and texture complement here. I did have some trouble with the recipe; more direction on how to remove salmon skin and how finely to chop the pieces would have been nice (a video, perhaps?), but once I got into it, it was simple, and I trusted my gut. I’m kind of glad it took me out of my comfort zone a bit! My husband, not normally a salmon eater, loved the salmon cakes with the dressing, and our baby gobbled them up, too. This one will be a keeper in our house!

By: Jeanine
Posted: Mar 23, 2019
Diet: Original

Definitely buy skinless salmon. The butcher should be able to deskin it for you. Great healthy meal : ).

By: Jessica
Posted: Mar 22, 2019
Diet: Original

Husband and toddler LOVED the salmon cakes. Had only italian seasoned bread crumbs on hand and it still worked. Used on salad for one meal, and on rice for another. I felt the thousand island was sweeter than I would like. Will make adjustments next time. I am partial to the Trader Joe's thousand island though.

By: Kristine
Posted: Mar 22, 2019
Diet: Original

Really great! Fritters came together so easily and had a nice light flavor. I used less capers because they aren’t my favorite. Skipped the croutons and used bottle dressing to save time. Radishes added a lot of flavor and aren’t something I normally think to buy. My husband loved and it’s going on our list of go-to meals.

By: Sarah
Posted: Mar 22, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian