Smoked Salmon Pasta Salad

Smoked Salmon Pasta Salad | Gluten-Free | Queen of Quinoa

Being Italian, I can confidently say that I am a pasta person through and through. I grew up eating pasta and gravy with my cousins, filling my belly with creamy Alfredo pasta on Christmas eve and having homemade meatballs on Sundays.

Those were the glory days alright. My gluten filled glory days.

Now that I’ve been living gluten-free for almost two years, I have embraced a new world of pasta. Rice {and quinoa of course} have entered my life in a big way. In a way I never thought it would be possible, especially when I’ve inherited that pasta gene, but I no longer miss that gluten-filled pasta that I once knew and loved.

But my belly is thanking me for it.

Smoked Salmon Pasta Salad | Gluten-Free | Queen of Quinoa

I’ll be the first to tell you that gluten-free pasta is not the same as its glutinous counterpart. But I’ve come to appreciate its unique texture and whole-grain flavor. But most importantly, gluten-free pasta has allowed me to continue to embrace my Italian heritage and has given my body the chance to love Italian food again.

Pasta salad was one of those Italian dishes that was never my thing. There’s always been something about it that threw me for a loop. I mean, I’m the kind of girl who likes her gluten-free pasta smothered in tomato gravy or a creamy “cheese” sauce. Oily, cold pasta was the last thing I wanted.

But I’ve realized now it was just that I’d never found that perfect recipe.

Smoked Salmon Pasta Salad Ingredients | Gluten-Free | Queen of Quinoa

Delicious, organic pasta salad ingredients

One of the things I love most about pasta is it’s flexibility. It’s one of those ingredients that isn’t stressful. It’s easy going.


It loves all types of different ingredients, but one of its favorite thing to hangout with is vegetables. They’re soul mates. They go together like peanut butter and jelly.

And this pasta salad is like nothing I’ve had before. Its bright and colorful, but also light and satisfying at the same time.

Smoked Salmon Pasta Salad | Gluten-Free | Queen of Quinoa

It’s basically all of my favorite things In one bowl: salmon, spinach, cherry tomatoes and lemon. A fresh, summery, in-season mix of fabulous ingredients.

This is a gluten-free pasta salad even my Italian family would love.

Smoked Salmon Pasta Salad
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recipe type: Entree
serves: 4 – 6

  • 1 lb penne pasta
  • 8 oz smoked salmon, chopped
  • 2 cups spinach, finely chopped
  • 15 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 medium shallot, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Red pepper flakes

  1. Cook the pasta according to the box instructions.
  2. Transfer the cooked pasta to a large mixing bowl and add the salmon, spinach and cherry tomatoes. Toss to combine.
  3. Whisk together the lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper together in a small bowl and pour over the pasta. Mix until fully combined.
  4. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes (if you want the added heat). Serve warm or cold.
  5. Enjoy!

gluten-free | dairy-free | refined sugar-free | soy-free | nut free


About Queen of Quinoa

Alyssa Rimmer is the quinoa obsessed girl behind the gluten-free blog, the Queen of Quinoa. She loves experimenting with nutritious and whole-food ingredients, and seeks to encourage the everyday home chef that cooking and eating gluten-free can not only be healthy, but also delicious and fun. After struggling with stomach issues throughout her college years, Alyssa decided enough was enough and took her health into her own hands. She started by removing gluten from her diet and hasn’t looked back since. Two happy years have passed and her stomach issues have practically disappeared. Living gluten-free has also helped her to truly discover her passion for cooking and she has embraced her new lifestyle with open arms. With the Queen of Quinoa, Alyssa shares her gluten-free recipes, many of which are focused on the superfood quinoa, and discusses her journey to living a more fulfilled and healthy life. She now also cooks refined sugar-free and although not all her of recipes are vegan, she has loved learning and experimenting with vegan baking. She lives in Burlington, Vermont where she is surrounded by fresh, local produce and is always inspired by the fabulous seasonal ingredients that make this state so special. She is excited to share her recipes with you, as she helps to uncover the amazing world of quinoa.
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