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Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Picnic Game: Get Your Cooler On

I'm going on a picnic and I'm bringing Ina Garten's Grilled Salmon Salad.

Although this is my first year participating, once again Louise at Months of Edible Celebrations is hosting The Picnic Game.  This "game" is based on a children's game where everyone chooses a letter and comes up with an item that begins with that letter.  In this case, it's bloggers from all over the country (and maybe beyond -- I'm not sure) who are choosing the letters and coming up with recipes that would be "picnic worthy".  Lots of fun, don't you think?  Who knows, maybe you'll come across another blog to add to your favorites list and at the very least, you may find a recipe that you make over and over.

Now, back to "S" is for salmon salad.  Years ago, when I was first discovering Ina, I came across this recipe for grilled salmon salad.  As I recall, the first time I made it was for a Fourth of July picnic we went on with our friends the Steinberg's at Temescal Canyon Park in Los Angeles.  This salad has made  numerous appearances since then, including Charlie's graduation party and more than a few summer potlucks.  It's always a crowd pleaser.

I promise that this salmon salad is so good that, like me, you will also remember each time you serve it and to whom.  And so will they.

And so, here we go...

I'm going on a picnic and I'm bringing...

A is for Apricot Cobbler from Mae's Food Blog Food
C is for Cherry Bars in a Jar from Moveable Feasts
F is for Fingerling Potato Salad from  Girl Chef
G is for Gugelhopf Twister from My Little Space
H is for Honey Graham Roll-ups fromDomesticated Engineer
K is for Kirschmichel from  Kaffeeklatsch
L is for Lime Cranberry Fizz from Art of Natural Living
M is for Mint Sundae Brownie Bars from The Friday Friends 
N is for Nice Mini Biscuit Sandwiches from Canela Kitchen
O is for Orange Nut Ring from Time Travel Kitchen
P is for Pan Bagnat Provencal from Sage Cuisine
Q is for Quick Lemon Bread from Comfy Cook's Kosher Kitchen
S is for Salmon Salad from You Little Tarte

Check back to see what else is in the picnic basket.  We will be filling in each letter as items are brought to the picnic.  Read on the our Salmon Salad recipe...

Recipe:  Salmon Salad
(Ina Garten)


2 lbs salmon fillets, cut into 4 inch slices
1 cup celery, diced small
1/2 cup red onion, diced small
2 tablespoons capers, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1 tablespoon fresh dill, minced


Rub the salmon fillets with a little olive oil so they don't stick to the grill and salt and pepper them lightly.
Cook the fillets on a hot grill for about 5- 6 min.  They should still be rare in the middle.  Cover with plastic wrap and chill for several hours (or overnight) until cold and firm.

Once the fillets are cold, remove from the refrigerator and remove any remaining skin.  Break fillets up into large chunks and put into a bowl.  If there is any juice on the plate they chilled on, pour it into the bowl with salmon.  Add the celery, onion, capers and dill.   In a separate bowl, combine the olive oil, vinegar salt and pepper.  Pour over the salmon and mix well.  Serve cold or at room temperature.


  1. Hi Nadine!!!

    You did it!!! And what a GREAT job and the perfect dish; Salmon Salad! Who could resist? I love the addition of raspberry vinegar. It sounds delightfully refreshing.

    Thank you so much for playing the Picnic Game, Nadine. We have quite a basket full of goodies coming our way. I can't wait!!!

  2. Don't you adore Ina? What a super way to serve last night's leftover salmon! Actually it's so good, I'd make the salmon fresh just to have this salad!

  3. Interesting that you are among the few who made a main course for Louise's picnic. I think I would actually love a salmon salad followed by around a dozen elaborate desserts!

    best... mae
    at maefood.blogspot.com

  4. I am convinced! Gor to have a big plate at the picnic party and then make somemore when I get home:D

  5. I am looking for ways to get more seafood into my diet--and picnic fare is a perfect answer right now! I even have blackberry vinegar which I imagine will work great too!