Blackened Salmon Pasta Salad


The spices from the blackened salmon really take this basic pasta salad recipe to the next level.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
6 servings


  • 1 (16 ounce) package penne pasta

  • 2 (4 ounce) salmon steaks

  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil, divided

  • 1 pinch blackened seasoning, or to taste

  • ½ cup crushed pineapple

  • ½ cup chopped cucumber

  • ½ cup chopped yellow onion

  • 1 (6 ounce) can black olives, drained

  • 1 small head broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets

  • 6 Brussels sprouts, thinly sliced

  • 4 banana peppers, seeded and sliced

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 medium orange bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 medium tomato, cored, seeded, and diced

  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves stripped and chopped

  • ½ cup mayonnaise, or to taste

  • ½ cup red wine and vinegar salad dressing


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain.

  2. Pat salmon dry with paper towels. Coat lightly in 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil. Season with blackened seasoning.

  3. Heat remaining grapeseed oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat until it starts to smoke. Be sure to turn on your oven vent. Put salmon in the skillet and cook until it flakes easily with a fork, 4 to 4 1/2 minutes on each side (turning only to flip to the other side). Set salmon aside and let cool while you mix up the pasta salad.

  4. Combine drained pasta, pineapple, cucumber, onion, olives, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, banana peppers, bell peppers, tomato, and thyme in a large bowl. Mix well. Mix in mayonnaise and salad dressing, adjusting to taste. Flake the salmon and gently fold into the pasta salad.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

689 Calories
36g Fat
76g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 689
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 47%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 426mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 76g 28%
Dietary Fiber 10g 34%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 202mg 1,008%
Calcium 159mg 12%
Iron 7mg 38%
Potassium 857mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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