This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our privacy policy.

Pasta Salad with Salmon and Creamy Cilantro Dressing / Mia / Katie Workman /

A way to repurpose leftovers in a wham, bam, thank you ma’am way. Take the poached fish and sauce from dinner, flake the fish, make pasta, toss it all together. Lunch, done and done. That’s what I did, using smaller amounts of all of the components from the original meal. But if you want to make this Pasta Salad with Salmon and Creamy Cilantro Dressing for a group, start from scratch and use these proportions.

And just think of this in general when you have leftover salmon, any kind of salmon either simply cooked or cooked with herbs.

Pasta Salad with Salmon and Creamy Cilantro Dressing / Mia / Katie Workman /

This would be so nice as a simple lunch, but it’s also a great dish to bring to a potluck, or to put out on a Spring buffet.

Can’t get enough of pasta salads?

Here are five more recipes to try:

Pasta Salad with Salmon and Creamy Cilantro Dressing

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 People
This dish turns lunch into a luncheon.


  • 1 pound cavetelli fusilli or elbow macaroni pasta

For the Cilantro Sauce

  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • ¼ cup minced shallots
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt sour cream, or another ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream half and half, or whole milk
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 4 cups bite-sized cooked salmon pieces see Note
  • Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and salt the water generously. Cook the pasta according to package directions, drain, and rinse with cool water.
  • Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender, combine the cilantro leaves, shallots, and Dijon. Puree, add the mayonnaise and yogurt, if using, cream, salt, pepper, and cayenne and puree. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  • In a large bowl, combine the pasta, cilantro sauce, and salmon pieces, and toss gently to combine well. Garnish with additional cilantro leaves, if desired, and serve.



You can use any kind of cooked salmon, grilled, baked, broiled, or


Calories: 442kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 28g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 82mg, Sodium: 428mg, Potassium: 429mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 292IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 263mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Like this? Leave a comment below!