Salmon & Avocado Salad with Quick-pickled Onions

Keto Salmon Avocado Salad

This sensational salmon & avocado salad boosts a combination of flavours and textures that make every mouthful perfect harmony! Small details like toasting the pumpkin seeds beforehand, quick-pickling the thinly-sliced red onions and using toasted sesame oil makes this salad sensational. I used equal amounts of watercress and pea shoots as I find watercress can be a slightly dominating flavour for this salad. If, however, you love the idea of smoked salmon, check out my Best-ever Smoked Salmon Salad on this site.

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Carbs 5.1g | Fat 47g | Protein 27g
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Salmon & Avocado Salad with Quick-pickled Onions

A sensational salmon & avocado salad with myriad of flavours and textures, coming in at only 5.1g carbs per serving.
Course Light Meals, Main Dish, Salad
Cuisine General
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 people

Per serving

Calories: 547kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.1g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 47g


  • 1/2 small red onion, peeled and very thinly sliced
  • 1 TB red wine vinegar
  • 30 g (1.1 oz) pumpkin seeds
  • 1 TB unflavoured coconut oil
  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 1 lime, halved
  • 30 g (1.1 oz) pea shoots
  • 30 g (1.1 oz) watercress
  • small handful coriander leaves
  • small handful small mint leaves
  • 1 TB toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 large avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 25 g (0.9 oz) full-fat feta cheese


  • Place the thin slices of red onion into a little bowl and pour over the red wine vinegar. Toss gently to coat and set aside.
  • Toast the pumpkin seeds in a hot, dry pan. Remove the seeds and set aside to cool.
  • Using the same pan, heat the coconut oil and grill the salmon skin-side down over high heat until crispy. Turn each one and reduce the heat to medium, allowing the salmon to gently cook through for another 3-4 minutes. Squeeze one of the lime halves over the salmon and remove the pan from the heat.
  • In the meantime, combine the pea shoots, watercress, coriander and mint in a bowl and squeeze the second half of the lime over the salad. Add the sesame oil and toss well to coat. Divide the salad between two bowls.
  • Serve the salmon and the sliced avocado with the salad and garnish the dish with the drained, quick-pickled red onions. Finish with a crumbling of feta and the toasted pumpkin seeds. Lush!

A new-and-improved version of this delicious recipe features in my cookbook KETO KITCHEN.

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Nutritional Information per serving
Calories                         547Kcal / 2288kJ
Fat                                 47g
Carbohydrates               5.1g
Protein                           27g


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