Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Arugula Salad

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.

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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 20 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
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
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45 comments on “Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Arugula Salad”

  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

  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 recipe – hope more people take advantage, I make it regularly.5 stars

  4. 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

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

  6. Absolutely delicious5 stars

  7. Thank you for this recipe. It was absolutely delicious!5 stars

  8. This was delicious! The only thing I will add is that one portion didn’t feel filling for me. 5 stars

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. How perfectly wonderful! This is company-worthy!5 stars

  12. 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

    • 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 :)

  13. This recipe is on repeat in the summer! So delicious and refreshing!5 stars

  14. 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

    • 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 :)

  15. 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

  16. Loved this salad!!5 stars

  17. Incredible! One of my favorite salads. Going to make this again soon. Thank you Lisa!5 stars

  18. Add to my recipe book. Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe5 stars

  19. Best salad, hands down!
    Thank you so much!5 stars

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

  21. This looks great. I am allergic to fish but I know this salad would be yum with chicken too. Thanks ?5 stars

  22. This looks so delicious! Love how easy it is to make! Perfect for a light lunch or dinner!5 stars

  23. Wow! This looks absolutely amazing! I need to make this ASAP!5 stars

  24. This is a salad for my hubs! He LOVEs salmon and he loves arugula! What a perfect match!5 stars