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Quick and delicious arugula and spinach salad with salmon, cherry tomatoes, chickpeas, capers, dill and homemade mustard vinaigrette

Hurtig og super lækker rukula og spinatsalat med laks, cherrytomater, kikærter, kapers, dild og hjemmelavet sennepsdressing

Salad with Salmon, Tomatoes, Chickpeas, Arugula and Capers

So I am currently travelling around on the beautiful island of Sicily with my family and some of our good friends – hence the silence here on the blog. I absolutely love it here. Sicily is stunning with it’s many cute old towns perched on the steep cliffs and small mountains and the clear blue blue blue water. Right now we live on a small old farm with an olive orchard which has been renovated and now has a dozen rooms for guests and a pool. They have their own huge vegetable garden and all the food here is local – and SO delicious (although they do eat rather a lot of meat). Once again I have so many new ideas for things to cook when I get home.


Lige nu rejser jeg sammen med min familie og nogen af vores gode venner rundt på smukke Sicilien. Her er så skønt. Sicilien er utrolig smuk med alle dens små hyggelige byer, der alle ligger på bjergskråninger og det uvirkeligt blå hav. Lige nu bor vi på en gammel oliven-farm, der er istandsat så der kan bo en ti familier. De har deres egen kæmpe køkkenhave og al maden er lokalt – SÅ lækkert (selvom der er meget kød på menuen). Igen bringer jeg en masse ideer med mig hjem.

By Josefine T. Meineche By Josefine T. Meineche Salad with Salmon, Tomatoes, Chickpeas, Arugula and Capers

Despite the food being insanely delicious I miss my own kitchen and food, as it always happens at the end of a long vacation. I miss my oats (the Italians mostly eat cakes for breakfast – good thing they serve yoghurt and fruit too) and my vegetarian protein like chickpeas or lentils or tofu, which are all hard to come by here. Which is why I started thinking about this lovely salad I made before the vacation with chickpeas and smoked salmon.

During my exams I’ve been enjoying rather a lot of salads with salmon (I’m pescetarian for the record). Somehow all the salmon-consumption turned into a little game – to find the best salad with smoked salmon. This salad became my favourite! It’s so damn delicious and all the ingredients compliment each other very well. Definitely the first thing to make when I come home in three days!


På trods af den lækre mad savner jeg nu alligevel mit eget køkken og min egen mad. Jeg savner min grød (Italienerne spiser mest kage til morgenmad – heldigvis serverer de også yoghurt og frugt) og vegetarisk protein som kikærter, bønner, tofu og linser (det meste vegetariske mad består nemlig af pasta og grøntsager…). Så kom jeg til at tænke på denne skønne salat med kikærter og laks, jeg lavede før jeg tog af sted.

I læseferien spiste jeg virkelig ofte salat med laks og al den lakse-spisning ændrede sig til en lille konkurrence med mig selv – at finde den bedste. Den her salat blev vinderen. Den er så skøn og ingredienserne passer super godt sammen. Helt sikkert en af de første ting, jeg skal lave, når jeg kommer hjem.


Salad with Salmon, Tomatoes, Chickpeas, Arugula and Capers By Josefine T. Meineche By Josefine T. Meineche

Salmon Salad feat. Chickpeas, Tomatoes & Capers

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1 meal salad

Quick and delicious arugula and spinach salad with salmon, cherry tomatoes, chickpeas, capers, dill and homemade mustard vinaigrette


  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • A drop of honey
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup loosely packed spinach
  • 1 cup loosely packed arugula
  • 4 cherry tomatoes
  • 50-100 g. smoked salmon (depending on how hungry you are) *
  • ¼ cup cooked chickpeas (eventually canned)
  • 1 tbsp. chopped dill
  • 1 tbsp. capers


  1. Mix together the ingredients for the dressing and season with salt and pepper. Let sit while you prepare the rest of the salad.
  2. Chop the spinach and arugula slightly and cut the cherry tomatoes into fourths. Cut the salmon into smaller pieces.
  3. Mix together spinach, arugula, tomatoes, salmon and chickpeas. Stir in the salad. Top with capers and dill and serve right away.


* Grilled or pan fried salmon works very well too, if you can't get smoked salmon .


13 responses to “Salmon Salad feat. Chickpeas, Tomatoes & Capers”

  1. I hope you’re having the best time in Sicily, Josefine! It’s been on my bucket list for ages now, definitely need to visit! :D This salad looks delicious – love the flavours, so beautiful!

  2. Sicily sounds like a dream! I am so glad you’re having an amazing time Josefine! I always struggle to eat the way I want to when I am travelling, and it messes with my digestion/energy levels/everything! It’s always so comforting to get home to the kitchen and make something wholesome. Hope the rest of the holiday is awesome!!!

  3. Have a great time in Sicily, it’s such a beautiful island! Amazing food, drinks, people and architecture, and of course a lots of sun!
    Your pictures are very pretty and make me wanna have a holiday there right now! And that simple mustard vinaigrette is something I would eat anytime! Especially with a salad with dill!!!

  4. Anne says:

    This looks absolutely amazing!! I absolutely love fish but I have to say I’ve never actually tried smoked salmon… Is it served raw? But either way, I’m sure that this salad tastes even better than it looks (even though it looks absolutely gorgeous!).
    I love your pictures of Sicily

    • Anne says:

      Ooops sorry accidentally hit the submit button before I finished. Anyhow, your photos are absolutely breathtaking and make me super wishful that I could go there!!! I’m curious, I assume you took those with your dslr camera, but how do you carry it around and take those amazing pics without looking like a tourist??? I always feel super self-conscious when carrying around a big clunky camera to take pictures -even in my own neighborhood!

      • Haha, no problem – glad to have multiple messages from you ;)
        Thank you so much. Hmmm, I acyually don’t know if smoked salmon qualifies as raw. I think it does, ’cause it’s neither fried nor grilled nor boiled in any way. You have to try it!!! It is seriously amazing – I eat it all the time (and it might be the main reason I am an pescetarian and not a “real” vegetarian ;) ).
        Thank you so much for the nice words on the Sicily photos. Haha, I think I look like a tourist immensely. Because yes, I do take them with my DSLR. But actually a lot of tourists do that, so you don’t stand out that much. I remember once feeling very self-conscious too. But then I though “everybody does that” AND I once carried my camera around Copenhagen – I looked like a tourist in my own city, which I didn’t really like, because I don’t want to be mixed up with the “real” tourists in my child hood city. Anyways, that experience changed my view on carrying a camera around – and now I am never embarrassed to take it with me :)
        I always make sure to carry nothing but my camera – no camera bag! Because I find that if I have my camera in the bag I don’t shoot very many pictures. Luckily I have a very sweet father who likes to cary my phone and extra clothes in his back pack :)

  5. Hey Josefine, Hope you are have a great time with your family.. Lovely pictures!! Sicily is indeed a great place. now about the salad. looks absolutely delicious!! love all the fresh ingredients used in here and the dressing is amazing.. :)

  6. I love the idea of a salmon salad – perfect :) And Sicily sounds amazing, I’ve been to Taormina but would love to explore the rest of the island, it sounds beautiful.

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