Thursday, July 3, 2014

Old Fashioned Salmon Pasta Salad Recipe

I posted a recipe for potato salad on my Youtube channel  a while ago and asked viewers to share some of their favourite recipes. This sparked all kinds of great discussion and at one point, my friend Sashine mentioned a recipe of her grandmother's for Salmon Pasta salad that she remembered from childhood. What caught my interest wasn't just the salad but the recipe for homemade dressing that was cooked on the stove. It sounded so wonderful and old fashioned, I just had to try it. 

I made it for the first time the next day and it turned out so well, I knew I would need to feature it!

 What ensued next was all kinds of fun because Vaughan and I decided to shoot the video as a wacky blast from the past featuring me as an ebullient (if not slightly up on "happy pills") 50's housewife.

So not only is this recipe a must try, the video is a hoot to boot (I said that in my best Canadian accent!)

The printable recipe can be found here: Old Fashioned Salmon Pasta Salad

Please enjoy the video!

Old Fashioned Salmon Pasta Salad Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 8
  • 1 tin sockeye salmon
  • 3 cups shell pasta noodles
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced green onion
  • 1/2 cup sliced radish
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet pickles
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup vinegar (white or cider)
  • 2 teaspoons cold butter
  • 1 tbsp dill weed (optional but delicious)
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a saucepan, combine flour, sugar, salt, mustard and cayenne and stir to combine.  Add milk and blend ingredients.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture coats back of wooden spoon.
  2. Beat egg yolks in a bowl.  Add some of the hot liquid gradually to yolks and blend well, to temper.  Return mixture to saucepan and cook until thickened.  Remove from heat, add vinegar and butter and whisk until incorporated.  Cool. 
  3. Cook the pasta noodles in salted water until just al dente.
  4. Cool, add the salmon, vegetables, and dressing. Stir well, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Lyndsay Wells is a professional trainer, writer, and program developer with a passion for food and cooking. She is an award winning recipe developer, and a website ambassador for Kraft Foods Canada. Lyndsay believes cooking should be approachable and easy and has great tips and ideas for putting together sophisticated looking dishes that cooks of all levels can accomplish.

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