Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Arugula Salad


This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure policy.

Jump to RecipeJump to Video

When it comes to an arugula salad recipe, this combination of smoked salmon, avocado and arugula is one of my favorites. It’s light yet filling and simple yet impressive.

An easy and delicious arugula salad recipe made with baby arugula, smoked salmon, avocado, pear and red onion.

Simple salads that are pleasing to the eyes and the palate are always winners. If you’re like me, you don’t want to fuss too much with extravagant salads, especially during the summer. And sometimes you want a hearty protein on your salad but don’t want to cook.

If that sounds like you, let me introduce you to my smoked salmon, avocado and arugula salad. A salad that takes less 5 minutes to make yet looks like it took 30 minutes.

Smoked Salmon Salad Recipe Video

Want to see how easy it is to make this beautiful salmon, arugula and avocado salad recipe? Watch the quick video below!

The Perfect Arugula Salad Recipe Combination

Arugula is “peppery” green that some might consider bitter or spicy. I personally love arugula and use it nearly as often in salads as I do baby spinach (my number one salad green).

But if you’re one of those who’s on the fence with the flavor of arugula make sure to buy baby arugula. Baby arugula has a milder flavor than it’s full-sized counterpart.

The wonderful thing about arugula though is that it can be paired with a wide variety of ingredients, ranging from sweet to strong flavors. It can hold it’s own in a salad or play well with others.

Today’s salad recipe is an example of that, where the arugula is combined with salty and smoky salmon, creamy avocado, sweet red onion and a vibrant champagne vinaigrette. It’s an unbelievably simple, yet delicious flavor combination.

An easy and delicious arugula salad recipe made with baby arugula, smoked salmon, avocado, pear and red onion.

An easy and delicious arugula salad recipe made with baby arugula, smoked salmon, avocado, pear and red onion.

How to Make this Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Arugula Salad

To make this salad recipe make sure you have fresh arugula. Fresh arugula always has a brighter flavor. You can choose full-sized arugula, though I’m using baby arugula today.

Add four cups of arugula to a mixing bowl along with one cup of microgreens. I’m using kale microgreens, but again, any microgreens will do.

Next, add small, bite-sized pieces of smoked salmon. Many packages of smoked salmon come pre-sliced which makes it easier to tear, so looked for pre-sliced on the package. But most importantly, look for wild Alaskan smoked salmon. On a salad as simple as this, quality is key. And I’ve talked about the importance of quality when it comes to salmon on my Dijon Baked Salmon recipe.

To that, add sliced avocado, sliced pear and sliced red onion. Then, drizzle my Champagne Vinaigrette on top and gently mix it all together.

For More Easy and Delicious Salad Recipes

An easy and delicious arugula salad recipe made with baby arugula, smoked salmon, avocado, pear and red onion.

An easy and delicious arugula salad recipe made with baby arugula, smoked salmon, avocado, pear and red onion.

Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Arugula Salad

5 from 21 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Lisa Bryan


An easy and delicious arugula salad recipe made with baby arugula, smoked salmon, avocado, pear and red onion. Watch the video above to see how quickly it comes together!



  • 4 cups arugula
  • 1 cup microgreens
  • 6 ounces smoked salmon, torn into pieces
  • 1 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 1 pear, sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper
  • Champagne Vinaigrette


  • Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and drizzle with the Champagne Vinaigrette. Gently toss together and serve immediately.

Lisa's Tips

  • I make this salad as part of my Summer Meal Prep video series. Make sure to watch that for more delicious recipes!


Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 372mg | Potassium: 592mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 646IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: arugula salad, salmon arugula salad, Salmon Salad, smoked salmon salad
Did you make this recipe?Mention @downshiftology or tag #downshiftology!

You May Also Like

About the author

Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

Leave a comment

All comments are moderated before appearing on the site. Thank you for sharing your feedback!

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating


  1. I hope many of these grain-free recipes are in your new cookbook Lisa. I have ordered it. I make many of your recipes. Thank you for your emails.
    Love & Light, Jami

    1. I sure do have tons of grain-free recipes in this book 😉 Excited for you to get your copy!

  2. Absolutely delicious! I love the combination of lox, avocado, arugula, pear and red onion. The flavors compliment each other so well.

    I also added in some capers and because I was being lazy just threw on some balsamic vinegar instead of the champagne vinaigrette.5 stars

  3. Love this salad Easy to put together. I was concerned the arugula would be to hot, so I added some mixed salad greens. It was tasty, all the flavors blended together beautifully. Very filling… YUM :)5 stars

  4. Would like to try this recipe. But i don’t have any pears. :( Can I use an apple instead? Does it match the ingredients?

  5. Hello Lisa, I really love this recipe! I have a question, are the measurements in the recipe correct? If I look at the recipe for 1 person it says 6 ounces of salmon and 1,5 avocado. Is this correct? Thank you so much for sharing your recipes and information. Annemiek

    1. Hi! It was listing one salad, not one serving. But I just fixed the recipe card, so now it says four servings. Sorry for the confusion! :)

  6. This salad became the family favorite receptive since the first time I made it. To be honest, I ate this salad at least twice a week for a month, and I still love it. The combination of all the ingredients, their textures, and flavor complements each other in an amazing way. And the dressing is just perfect!!!5 stars

  7. Delicious! Made it during a winter storm when we were snowed in and needed to use what we had on hand. Replaced the pear with half an Asian pear, replaced the micro greens with mixed field greens, only used one avocado, and since the half a red onion that we had needed to go to the vinaigrette, the onions were replaced with spruce tip pickled red onion. I topped it off with a handful of hemps seeds.5 stars

    1. Hi Minnie – I’m glad you were able to enjoy this even when you were snowed in and with your different little variations on it :)

  8. Holy cow!!! I rarely make salads but I made this along with your vinaigrette and wow!! So delicious and flavorful and fresh!! I now have a new summer salad on rotation. :) Thank you!5 stars

    1. Hi Cindy – I’m glad to hear that this recipe helped you jump onto the salad train! The mix of ingredients in this definitely gives it a boost in flavor :)

  9. Another great recipe! I’ve never cooked so much but your recipes are amazing and truly life changing! Please keep doing what you do. You are truly so talented and it’s refeshing to see someone pursuing their passion! You are such an inspiration to all of us!!!5 stars

    1. Aww, thanks so much Steph! I’m thrilled that you love my recipes. Thanks for your kind words!

  10. Beautiful salad! I love the microgreens in there, and this could easily be folded into a wrap or pita bread too!5 stars