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Lemon Pepper Salmon and Zucchini Noodle Salad Cups

These Lemon Pepper Salmon and Zucchini Noodle Salad Cups are fresh and light and loaded with the flavors of summer!

Lemon Pepper Salmon and Zucchini Noodle Salad Cups on plates with glasses of lemon water

We just had our first 90° day of the year here in Minnesota this past week. With the recent rains adding humidity to the mix, the air was heavy and not exactly lovely. But our family was on our way out the door for our first little getaway of the summer…heading to a much cooler area of the state on the beautiful North Shore. The usual summer crowd had not yet arrived north of Duluth, making it feel like we had the place to ourselves. We hiked the trails and swam (in the indoor pool at Lutsen Resort, not in icy Lake Superior!). And wandered and shopped our way around the quaintness of Grand Marais, enjoying wonderful meals of fresh local trout and whitefish and plenty of nutty Minnesota wild rice. We were active, yet incredibly relaxed. It was a wonderful way to celebrate the first official week of school being out for summer. For a few photos from our weekend, see herehere, here, here, and here.

The temps have come down again since our return, but I know those 90-degree days will be back. And for those summer days when the temperatures rise higher than normal, I like to make sure our fridge is stocked with all kinds of good, cool salad fixings. These Lemon Pepper Salmon and Zucchini Noodle Salad Cups promise to deliver tasty fresh goodness all summer long.

* This post is sponsored by Chicken of the Sea.

spiral cut zucchini

Last summer I ate more zucchini than I ever have before. And it was all because of my spiral vegetable slicer that helped me crank out fun noodle shapes. I became quite fond of the texture and flavor that the veggie noodles gave to my salads. Soon I was spiralizing six or so zucchini at the beginning of each week, for curly additions to my salads all week long. This new salad recipe features a bed of fresh zucchini noodles nestled into cups of butter lettuce leaves.

chicken of the sea lemon pepper salmon pouch

These zucchini noodle cups are incredibly flavorful, thanks to a homemade lemon-caper vinaigrette and Chicken of the Sea Lemon Flavored Salmon.

These 2.5-ounce pouches of premium wild-caught pink salmon provide great tasting low-calorie protein and come in 4 different flavor varieties:

  • Lemon Pepper
  • Barbecue
  • Sweet & Spicy
  • Sriracha

When my energy is low and time is short, these salmon pouches come in extra handy for a quick lunch. I’ve been known to grab a fork and eat the salmon straight from the pouch!

Lemon Pepper Salmon and Zucchini Noodle Salad Cups with fresh tomatoes and sweet corn

These salad cups are loaded up with summer. Fresh sweet corn kernels, cut raw from the cob are one of my very favorite summer salad toppers, lending sweet little pops of flavor in every bite. I also added fresh snap peas and golden cherry tomatoes, precious fresh pickings that we grow in our own garden each summer.

Salmon and Zucchini Salad Cups

The lemon-caper vinaigrette is bright and beautiful, and brings out even more of that lemon flavor in the salmon. A little drizzle over the top of the salad cups brings everything together for one happy plate. And if I were you, I wouldn’t hesitate to double the vinaigrette recipe. That lemony goodness begs to be drizzled over every other fresh salad and veggie that comes along!

Lemon Pepper Salmon and Zucchini Noodle Salad Cups

Lemon Pepper Salmon and Zucchini Noodle Salad Cups

Yield: 4 salad cups
These Lemon Pepper Salmon and Zucchini Noodle Salad Cups are fresh and light and loaded with the flavors of summer!
5 Stars (1 Review)


for the salad cups:

for the lemon-caper vinaigrette:

  • ¼ c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ c. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 1 T. finely minced shallot
  • 1 T. chopped fresh dill
  • ½ T. capers finely minced
  • 1 small garlic clove finely minced
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt


for the salad cups:

  • Place 1 large lettuce "cup" onto each of four salad plates. Top each piece of lettuce with spiralized zucchini. Then add corn kernels, peas, and tomatoes.
  • Top each salad cup with one pouch of salmon. Serve with lemon-caper vinaigrette to drizzle over the top. Sprinkle salad cups with additional chopped dill, plus salt and pepper if desired.

for the lemon-caper vinaigrette:

  • Add all vinaigrette ingredients to a small jar with a lid.
  • Top the jar tightly with lid and then shake jar vigorously to combine. Can be made one day prior to serving.

Nutrition Information:

Serving: 1 Calories: 342kcal Carbohydrates: 23g Protein: 17g Fat: 22g Saturated Fat: 3g Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g Cholesterol: 36mg Sodium: 1807mg Fiber: 4g Sugar: 9g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Spoonacular. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your own favorite calculator.
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Lemon Pepper Salmon pouch with salad cups

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Lemon Pepper Salmon and Zucchini Noodle Salad Cups

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13 comments on “Lemon Pepper Salmon and Zucchini Noodle Salad Cups”

  1. Lana@NeverEnoughThyme

    This is exactly my kind of summer lunch. Or dinner, for that matter! Sounds like you had a wonderful getaway as well :-)

  2. Alida @ Simply Delicious

    Yuuuuummmm! I love how healthy and packed full of flavour this salad is. Definitely making this soon.

  3. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence

    So many pretty colors and textures here! I’m sure that vinaigrette is the perfect pairing for the salmon.

  4. I have some of this yummy Chicken of the Sea salmon in my pantry! What a fabulous recipe—perfect for my lunches this week!

  5. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

    With the current heatwave we are experiencing these cups look so refreshing! Can’t wait to try!