Mouthwatering Salmon Croquette Salad for a Healthy Meal

Picture this: a mouth-watering, flavor-packed meal that not only satisfies your cravings but also caters to your special dietary needs. Sound impossible? Think again! I am thrilled to share with you my latest creation: the Salmon Croquette Salad (Gluten-Free) Recipe.

As a nutritionist and food blogger, I understand the importance of cooking with fresh, organic ingredients that are free of gluten and dairy. Yet, I also believe that healthy eating should never compromise taste. That’s why I am excited to introduce you to my scrumptious salmon croquettes.

These tender little cakes are packed with fresh salmon, aromatic ginger, and zesty lemon juice. Their crunchy exterior comes from a crispy coating of shredded coconut flour paired with almond flour. The result is a perfect balance of texture and flavor that will leave your taste buds craving more.

I tested this recipe multiple times to ensure that it is easy to follow and yields consistent results each time. No matter if you’re an experienced cook or just starting out, this recipe is for you.

Whether it’s a fancy dinner party or a casual weeknight meal, this salmon croquette salad is sure to impress your guests and satisfy your hunger. So what are you waiting for? Get ready to impress everyone with your culinary skills and try out this delicious gluten-free recipe today!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Salmon Croquette Salad (Gluten Free)
Salmon Croquette Salad (Gluten Free)

Are you tired of your same old boring salad routine? Let me introduce you to the salmon croquette salad. This gluten-free and dairy-free recipe is the perfect way to switch up your lunch game. Trust me when I say, this salad will rock your taste buds.

This salad isn’t just a pretty face, it’s also full of healthy ingredients. Wild salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which are essential for brain and heart health. The almond flour used in the salmon croquettes is a great source of protein and healthy fats. Plus, the fresh vegetables in this recipe provide the perfect amount of nutrients to keep you energized all day long.

But don’t let its health benefits fool you, this salad packs a flavorful punch. The wasabi paste and ginger add a spicy kick that compliments the savory flavors of the salmon croquettes perfectly. Top it off with a drizzle of homemade lemon dressing, and you’ve got yourself one delicious meal.

Not only is this recipe delicious and nutritious, but it’s also incredibly easy to make. With simple ingredients like canned salmon and almond flour, this dish can be whipped up in under 30 minutes. Plus, with its gluten-free and dairy-free options, it’s the perfect recipe for those with dietary restrictions.

So, if you’re looking for a new go-to salad that won’t leave you bored or hungry, give this salmon croquette salad a try. Your taste buds (and your body) will thank you.

Ingredient List

 Get ready to try the ultimate gluten-free salmon croquette salad!
Get ready to try the ultimate gluten-free salmon croquette salad!

The key to a delicious and nutritious salmon croquette salad is in the ingredients. This gluten-free recipe features a variety of fresh and wholesome ingredients that are sure to satisfy your taste buds while nourishing your body.

Salmon: 12 ounces wild salmon, fresh or canned and drained

Eggs: 2 large eggs

Bell Pepper: 1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced

Onion: 1/4 red onion, finely diced

Almond Flour: 1/2 cup almond flour

Lemon Juice: juice of 1/2 lemon (about 1 tablespoon)

Dijon Mustard: 1 teaspoon dijon mustard

Ginger: 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger or 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Garlic Powder:1 teaspoon garlic powder

Paprika: 1 teaspoon paprika

Salt and Pepper: sea salt and black pepper to taste

Make sure to use gluten-free almond flour for this recipe. You can also substitute the almond flour with coconut flour, for a low-carb, paleo-friendly version of this recipe.

Additionally, you’ll need some pantry staples like olive oil, water, and seasonings such as wasabi powder and paste, raw cashew nuts, sake (or white wine), scallions, lemon zest, among others.

Be sure to have all the ingredients before starting to cook it!

The Recipe How-To

 Savor the fresh taste of wild-caught salmon paired with crispy vegetables.
Savor the fresh taste of wild-caught salmon paired with crispy vegetables.

Once you have your ingredients ready, it’s time to create the gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo-friendly salmon croquettes. Let’s dive into the recipe!


  1. Start by preheating your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together 12 ounces of wild salmon, 2 eggs, ½ cup of finely diced red onion, 1 finely diced red bell pepper, and 1 tbsp of fresh lemon juice.

  3. Once the mixture is combined, add in the seasonings: 1 tsp of salt, ½ tsp of black pepper, 1 tsp of garlic powder, 1 tsp of lemon zest, and ½ tsp of paprika salt.

  4. Gradually add in ½ cup of almond flour and mix well until everything is incorporated. If the mixture seems too wet, you can add more almond flour until it achieves a consistency that can be formed into patties or croquettes.

  5. Shape the salmon mixture into 2-3 inch diameter patties or croquettes depending on your desired size preference. The recipe should make around 10-12 patties/croquettes.

  6. Heat up some olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, start adding the patties/croquettes to the skillet and cook them for approximately 4 minutes per side or until they’re golden brown.

  7. Once all of the patties are cooked through and golden brown on both sides, transfer them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake them for approximately 7 minutes until they’re cooked throughout.

  8. While waiting for the salmon croquettes to finish baking, you can prepare your salad or sides like sweet potato fries or roasted vegetables.

  9. Serve the salmon croquette hot along with some prepared sides.

There you have it! You have successfully cooked up some healthy and delicious salmon croquettes that are gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo-friendly!

Substitutions and Variations

 These salmon croquettes are so flavorful, you won't even notice they are gluten-free.
These salmon croquettes are so flavorful, you won’t even notice they are gluten-free.

Listen up, folks! If you’re looking to shake things up a little bit and switch things around in your kitchen, then here’s a list of substitutions and variations for our tantalizing Salmon Croquette Salad (Gluten-Free) recipe.

Let’s start with the basics. Firstly, canned salmon is a great alternative to using fresh salmon. Not only is it a cost-effective option, but it’s also more convenient and saves you precious time in the kitchen. Secondly, almond flour can be swapped out with coconut flour for those who prefer a low-carb diet or are sensitive with nut allergies.

Now let’s ramp things up a notch. Add some kick to your croquettes by using wasabi paste instead of dijon mustard. It’ll give your patties that extra zing and provide that unique Japanese flavour you’ve been craving. You can also substitute raw cashew nuts for the almonds in the recipe if you’re feeling particularly adventurous.

For those seeking something more carnivorous, feel free to replace the salmon with crab meat or shrimp in this recipe. This variation not only offers a different texture and taste but also opens up new possibilities for experimentation when it comes to plating options.

Are you getting bored of your usual potato salad? Switch things around by incorporating our Salmon Croquette Salad into the mix instead. The flavours compliment each other as the textures merge together beautifully.

Lastly, use air fryer or bake your croquettes instead of pan-frying them to make them healthier! Air frying or baking Salmon Croquette Salad will yield equally delightful results while reducing the amount of oil used in this recipe significantly.

In conclusion, there are many ways to put a creative spin on our Salmon Croquette Salad (Gluten-Free) recipe! From swapping out certain ingredients to incorporating new ones, these variations are just what you need to add some excitement to your cooking.

Serving and Pairing

 This salad is perfect for a quick and healthy lunch or a light dinner.
This salad is perfect for a quick and healthy lunch or a light dinner.

You know what’s better than a healthy and delicious meal? A healthy and delicious meal paired perfectly with the right drink or side dish – that’s what! My gluten-free salmon croquette salad is an exquisite example of a dish that can be paired with a myriad of options to create a memorable dining experience.

To begin with, let’s talk about the main star of our recipe- the gluten-free salmon croquettes. These patties are loaded with flavor and can stand alone as the center of your meal. However, if you are in the mood for something more substantial, pairing them with a serving of potato salad or lemon-dill rice could be perfect to add some carbs to the mix.

If you are looking for something lighter, opt for serving these croquettes over a bed of mixed greens; it can add crispiness and freshness to every bite. To make this dish more colorful, add avocado slices or roasted bell peppers on top. The soft-crisp texture and buttery flavor will complement your croquettes perfectly.

When it comes to drinks, there’s no wrong way to go, really. However, there are some combinations that make perfect sense. Since our gluten-free salmon croquette salad carries a slight wasabi flavor note, why not stick with Asian-inspired refreshments? Sake and white wine can take an already stellar meal up a few notches. They’re crisp and refreshing enough to keep things balanced without overpowering.

Pairing is all about creating harmony in flavors and textures – so tweak it according to your preferences. Remember that less is always more, when it comes to pairing food; it’s easy to overwhelm your taste buds if you try too hard.

In conclusion, our salmon croquette salad may be gluten-free but there’s no stopping you from enjoying it anyway you like – be it solo or partnered with a complimentary dish or drink. So don’t hesitate – experiment, try new things, who knows you might stumble upon the perfect combination in the process.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Just imagine the burst of flavors from every bite – it's heavenly!
Just imagine the burst of flavors from every bite – it’s heavenly!

So you’ve successfully whipped up a batch of delicious gluten-free and dairy-free Salmon Croquette Salad and now you’re wondering about how to store your leftovers, or maybe you want to prep the croquettes ahead of time for quick and easy dinners throughout the week. Fear not! I’ve got you covered.

Firstly, let’s discuss make-ahead options. The salmon cakes can be made up to 2 days in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can also choose to freeze the salmon cakes after baking them; simply store them in an airtight container or Ziploc freezer bag for up to 1 month.

When reheating pre-made salmon cakes or frozen croquettes, there are several options available that will maintain their texture and flavor. Firstly, if you have leftover croquettes or are reheating frozen ones, the oven is the best option. Reheat the croquettes at 375°F for 12-15 minutes until heated through and slightly crispy again. You can also reheat them in an air fryer for 8-10 minutes at 375°F if you’re looking for a crispier option.

If reheating from frozen, it is best to allow them to thaw overnight in the refrigerator before heating through as instructed above.

If you don’t have access to an oven or air fryer, the microwave is a viable alternative for those who need a quick meal on-the-go. Simply place one or two croquettes on a microwave-safe plate with a damp paper towel over top to prevent drying out; heat on high for around 60-90 seconds (or until heated through).

When it comes to storing your pre-made salmon cakes or leftover salad, you can store cooked salmon croquettes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. It is important that they are cooled down completely before storing.

Leftover salmon salad can also be stored in the fridge, however, it’s best to keep the dressing separate or you can risk the salad becoming soggy. Store the salad in an airtight container separated from any ingredients that could become too wet (such as tomatoes or cucumbers) for up to three days. When ready to serve, toss with your dressing of choice and enjoy!

I hope these tips will help you make the most out of your delicious gluten-free and dairy-free Salmon Croquette Salad recipe!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Celebrate the freshness of organic greens mingling with the tang of homemade dressing.
Celebrate the freshness of organic greens mingling with the tang of homemade dressing.

As a nutritionist and food blogger, I believe that cooking a salmon croquette salad is an excellent way to incorporate healthy and delicious seafood into your diet. To make this dish even better, I’ve curated some tips and tricks that will turn your dish into a gourmet meal.

1. Keep your ingredients fresh

Using high-quality and fresh ingredients not only adds flavor but nutritional value to the dish. For optimal results, use wild-caught salmon fillets and organic vegetables. It’s also essential to store your raw ingredients in cool and dry places.

2. Don’t over-pulse the salmon

When making the salmon croquette mixture, it is important not to over-pulse the salmon in the food processor. Overmixing can result in a pasty texture, which can be unappetizing.

3. Chill the mixture

After mixing all the ingredients together, let the mixture chill for at least an hour or overnight. Chilling helps solidify the mixture and makes it easier to shape into patties or croquettes.

4. Fry them with care

When pan-frying your croquettes or patties, make sure you use enough oil, but not too much. Overcrowding the pan can lower the oil temperature and create soggy croquettes. Be sure to flip them gently using a spatula only once as turning them repeatedly may cause them to lose their shape.

5. Add spice creatively

Wasabi powder or paste can add an interesting twist and flavor to this recipe, but it’s important not to overpower the dish with too much heat or spiciness. Using ginger, garlic powder, pepper or mustard judiciously with salt works well too.

By following these simple tips, you can turn this gluten-free and dairy-free salmon croquette salad recipe into a delicious culinary masterpiece that’s both healthy and easy-to-make!


As with any recipe, there may be questions that come up as you prepare your salmon croquette salad. To save you time and frustration, I’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) that I hope will help you make the most out of this gluten-free delight. So if you’re ready, let’s dive into some common questions, tips and tricks to perfecting this healthy dish.

What can I substitute for breadcrumbs in salmon patties?

When making salmon patties and you find yourself without bread crumbs, there are various substitutes you can use. Consider using either crushed crackers, ground oats, crushed corn flakes, crushed corn chips, crushed pretzels, ground nuts, a mixture of bread and cracker crumbs, crushed potato chips, ground flax seeds or shredded coconut to thicken and bind the patties.

How do you keep salmon croquettes from falling apart?

When creating salmon patties, you might encounter the issue of them falling apart during the cooking process. To prevent this from happening, you can mix in some breadcrumbs, panko, or crushed saltine crackers, along with the eggs, to add some binding elements. To avoid having dry patties, you can add some salmon juice to the mixture.

Is canned salmon gluten free?

When it comes to canned proteins, it’s important to stay vigilant about the presence of gluten in the ingredients. Some types of canned tuna fish, salmon, sardines, and chicken breast are safe to consume for those on a gluten-free diet, but it’s crucial to carefully read the ingredient list to ensure there are no sneaky sources of gluten hiding within the can. Keep in mind that certain brands of canned meat may contain vegetable broth that contains gluten, so always check the label before making a purchase.

What is the difference between salmon patties and salmon croquettes?

Did you know that the names “salmon croquettes” and “salmon patties” can be used interchangeably? However, if we dive into the technical side of things, there is a slight difference between the two – croquettes usually involve the use of breadcrumbs while patties utilize flour. In terms of texture, the mixture for croquettes is lighter and more delicate compared to that of patties.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this salmon croquette salad recipe is an excellent addition to your meal plan. With its blend of gluten-free and dairy-free ingredients, it is a healthy and delicious option for anyone looking to enjoy a flavorful meal. You won’t regret trying out this recipe because it will leave you craving for more!

Additionally, adding the substitution and variation tips is an excellent way for making adjustments that fit your personal taste without compromising the quality of the dish. While the recipe may seem complex at first glance, following the instructions step-by-step will yield fantastic results that are worth the effort.

Finally, whether you choose to serve it with a side of potato salad or indulge in a healthy salmon burger, there’s no doubt that you’ll enjoy every bite of this dish. It can be made ahead and stored in the fridge for later use, making it perfect for busy individuals who want to enjoy a homemade meal without spending hours in the kitchen.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your ingredients now and start cooking! Trust me; your taste buds will thank you later.

Salmon Croquette Salad (Gluten Free)

Salmon Croquette Salad (Gluten Free) Recipe

My favorite local restaurant for brunch serves delicious salmon croquettes on a bed of greens and I wanted to create a gluten-free version of this dish. Please visit my blog,, for more healthy gluten-free recipes.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Calories 245.4 kcal


  • 12 ounces wild salmon
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sake or 1 tablespoon white wine
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 egg
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, freshly grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup gluten-free cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 cups salad greens

Raw Cashew Sauce

  • 1/2 cup raw cashew nuts
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon wasabi powder (option) or 1/2 teaspoon wasabi paste (option)
  • 4 -6 tablespoons filtered water


  • Preheat oven to 400°F/200°C degrees.
  • On a sheet of aluminum foil, place salmon fillet in the middle with the skin side down. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and sake or wine. Wrap the salmon and seal tight.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the skin of the cooked salmon and flake the salmon with a fork in a bowl.
  • Add rolled oats, egg, scallions, ginger, salt and pepper and mix well.
  • Make 8 salmon patties and coat with cornmeal.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan and cook salmon patties for a few minutes until browned. Flip and cook the other side as well.
  • Mix all the ingredients for the raw cashew sauce in a blender or food processor. Add more water if it’s too thick.
  • On each salad plate, place greens and two salmon croquettes on top.
  • Drizzle the cashew sauce on top.
  • Infuse love into the food and serve!

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 290gCalories: 245.4kcalCarbohydrates: 13.3gProtein: 23.6gFat: 10.6gSaturated Fat: 2.1gCholesterol: 84.8mgSodium: 536.1mgFiber: 3.3gSugar: 1.7g
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