Poached Salmon Salad Sandwiches

Wanna know what I dig most about end-of-summer grubbing?

Poached Salmon Salad Sandwiches / Bev Cooks

Helloooo, O U T S I D E O N C E A G A I N.

The humidity has mostly vanished, the temperatures are crisping up, and picnics don’t sound so terrible and dreadful and disgusting and stabby and horrible and awful anymore. Yay!

I know this might seem like an odd time of year to post a poached salmon salad sandwich recipe, but Aaron gave me this book on fancy French picnicing for my birthday a couple of weeks ago, and oh my word, it’s got me super jazzed (<–why) about fall picnicing. Why am I getting a squiggly line under picnicing? Pickinicking. Picnicking. THAT’S IT. Sorry. Picnicking.


Poached Salmon Salad Sandwiches / Bev Cooks

This recipe isn’t from the book, but it’s inspired by one of the photos. It had salmon and wine and crème fraîche in it and I was like DOING. Done. Did.

So if you dig fall picnicking just as much as we do, your mouth and soul are going to have a conniption times 40.

Poached Salmon Salad Sandwiches / Bev Cooks

Listen to how easy it is. You’ll poach a couple of salmon fillets in a mix of white wine and water. (the scent will slay.)

But this is important! LISTEN CLOSELY. While you poach the salmon in the wine, be sure sure SURE to pour yourself a glass and sip the wine as you poach. If you don’t sip the wine as you poach, something chemical will go awry with the poaching slash inner giddiness, and the meal just don’t taste the same and you’ll regret it and be upset at me forever. And I can’t have that on my plate today.

Poach, then let it sit. Then remove and let it cool. (the salmon, not the wine.)

Poached Salmon Salad Sandwiches / Bev Cooks

After about 10 minutes of cooling, you’ll flake the salmon into chunks and gently toss it in a bowl with diced red onion, diced celery, crème fraîche, fresh lemon juice, some dill, and salt and pepper. THAT IS IT.

It’s done. Done! And I’m telling you, the delicacy of the crème fraîche mixed with salmon flavor is REEDIC.

There’s crunch with the veggies, brightness with the lemon and dill, and pimpin’ elegance everywhere else.

Poached Salmon Salad Sandwiches / Bev Cooks

So this is what you do: this Saturday, make it early in the day and chill it in the fridge. Then later on in the afternoon, pack up your cute vintage woven picnic basket that you bought at a flea market IN FRANCE or something, throw another bottle (or 8) of wine in there, some grapes, some crusty ciabatta, maybe some cheese, and just get out there. Picnic it up. Even if it’s just your back yard. Or garage. Or bathroom floor.

Open-faced is fab. Full sam is fabber. Even piled into crisp lettuce leaves is glorious. You do you.

Poached Salmon Salad Sandwiches / Bev Cooks

But maybe invite me?

Poached Salmon Salad Sandwiches
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  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup of dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1 celery stalk, finely diced
  • 3 Tbs. crème fraîche
  • Juice from half a lemon (more if you need!)
  • 1 Tbs. freshly chopped dill (more for garnish)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Ciabatta bread, sliced


  1. In a medium pot, bring the water and wine to a light boil. Add the salmon and poach 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it sit for 10 minutes. Remove the salmon from the pot and let it cool in a bowl for another 10 minutes. Once cooled, remove the skin (it should peel right off!), and flake it with a fork or your fingers. Add the diced celery, onion, crème fraîche, dill, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Gently toss it until combined. Cover and chill in the fridge until ready to devour.
  2. Pile it on sliced ciabatta (or any good crusty bread) and garnish with more dill!
  3. Makes 4 sandwiches.

Poached Salmon Salad Sandwiches / Bev Cooks


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8 Responses to Poached Salmon Salad Sandwiches

  1. Karen September 7, 2017 at 10:16 am #
    This looks amazing! I'd probably add some capers just because I love them in all their salty goodness and also because the salmon cries until it gets some.
  2. Janet O. September 7, 2017 at 11:07 am #
    This looks so yummy! I am definitely making this this weekend! Thanks for another great recipe :)
  3. Steph September 7, 2017 at 11:18 am #
    This looks so good!! Definitely going to try it soon. Thanks!
  4. Natasha Gerber September 8, 2017 at 8:38 am #
    These look so delicious!! I'm way too excited to poach salmon in wine. Sadly, I'm lactose intolerant nowadays, which is the worst because I love love love cheese ? Any suggestions to use instead of creme fraiche?
  5. Cathy September 25, 2017 at 9:13 pm #
    We made these for dinner tonight and they are FAB! We love them and can't wait to share them with people that we like. Thanks, Bev!!
  6. linda betz February 7, 2018 at 4:39 pm #
    These were fantastic! I didn't change a thing EXCEPT we ate them cold the next day. The flavors got a chance to mix and while we did have them warm the first night, we all thought everything blended together even more today. Thank you for posting this creation! Loved it.
    • linda betz February 7, 2018 at 4:43 pm #
      Eh, I posted my comment above under the wrong recipe. Those comments were for the Hawaiian Chicken Sandwich. My bad. I'm making this salmon one tomorrow.
  7. linda betz February 9, 2018 at 9:38 am #
    The salmon sandwiches were excellent.... Thank you for helping to make life at dinnertime easier!

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