I’m not a fish eater. I’ve kept that from you for a long time. I would have gone to culinary school and been a chef if I could eat fish. My mother swore that I ate fish until I was 2 years old and before I turned 3 I refused every bite.
I want to like fish. I want to be able to eat fish without gagging or tossing my cookies afterward but it hasn’t happened. I can eat shrimp or prawns if I need to and I can eat fish if the fish taste is masked with other stuff like a salad with a lot of mayonnaise or a casserole.
My mother said that my favorite aunt who adored the ground I walked on didn’t eat fish and that’s why I don’t. “It’s all in your head, Maureen!” she’d tell me. That’s probably true and I don’t doubt her one bit but while it’s in my head, the gagging and barfing is downright embarrassing.
One thing I did learn to eat when I was about 10 was this salmon salad which is really potato salad (which I love) and a bit of salmon tossed in to prove I can eat fish. When I was young, I used to take a small spoonful of this salad, plop it on top of a potato chip and eat it. My mother would roll her eyes and wonder where she got a daughter as nutty as me. I will confess that I can still be found eating it this way if nobody is looking.
…and now you know why you don’t see fish dishes on Orgasmic Chef unless someone else made it or it was at a restaurant.
- 500 grams (about a pound) of potatoes, cooked, cut to size and cool
- 1 can salmon drained (I used red but anything will do and I pick out the bones)
- ½ red onion finely diced
- 1 stalk celery finely diced
- 1 tablespoon baby capers rinsed and drained
- ½ teaspoon prepared horseradish
- 4 hard-boiled eggs
- ⅓ cup mayonnaise (or as much as you like)
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- ¼ teaspoon mustard powder
- 1 teaspoon white balsamic vinegar
- Lightly toss all the ingredients together but one hard-boiled egg and a teaspoon of chopped parsley
- Whisk all ingredients together
- Add dressing to salad and lightly toss to combine. Garnish with wedges of hard-boiled egg and a sprinkling of parsley
Finally, it was haircut week at the Shaw household and I’ll leave you with a photo of the cute dog. When he comes home he’ll be nearly naked with dark brown circles around his eyes and he’ll look at me with a face that says, “WHY????”
Then he’ll run around the house like a lunatic and then he’ll be okay. He swims in the pool or ocean every day of the year so he needs his hair cut or he has trouble in the water. I much prefer a fuzzy dog.
Joanne T Ferguson says
G’day! I always enjoy learning new things about fellow food bloggers Maureen and would never have guessed to date!
Your salad looks refreshingly healthy…salmon is no longer on the doctor directed food style for me…seafood yes…no finned fish… Cheers! Joanne
I go on and off with eating fish. My principle…no one should tell me what to eat, no diet book, no heath book, definitely not my Mom! Good salad, Maureen. That horseradish gave it a great kick! 🙂 ela
movita beaucoup says
This sounds lovely! I almost always have a can of salmon on hand – you know, for salmon emergencies – and hadn’t thought of adding it into a potato salad. Brilliant!
Bam's Kitchen says
Aww, your little guy is the sweetest little dog ever and he does have that look like “what have you done to me?”… I did not know you were not a fish fan but now that I think of it I can’t recall a single fish dish here on your site. I think this salmon potato salad would be stellar with potato chips as the dippers. Some of the simple recipes are always the best. Take care, BAM
Oh wow, this looks and sounds heavenly! Now I am hungry, going to have that for lunch.
Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com says
Potato/salmon salad on a chip sounds like a great idea! My daughter crumbles up nachos on a tuna salad sandwich so chips and fish salad is very very appealing to me! Love the potatoes and capers mixed with the salmon!
When I shave my dog, she hates it and and proceeds to ignore me and sulk the rest of the day – even though the lack of all that extra fur-weight adds a little pep to her step!
wow, you totally fooled me! I had not noticed the lack of fish recipes, but now that you mentioned it, yes, you never post them!
well, I eat all sorts of fish, but anchovies are a problem to me, although I go on trying a bit here and there, because it bothers me not to like them. Ideally, I would love to be able to eat anything with a smile. Oh, well – I was soooo picky as a child, I feel sorry for my Mom… 😉
it is interesting that you will eat canned salmon, because the taste is so much more pronounced than the fresh fish – but, at least it proves the point you DO eat fish. And even blog about it! 😉
You can’t beat good old potato salad. The tuna adds great protein and vitamin and minerals too! Also, your dog is adorable!
John@Kitchen Riffs says
Never noticed you had few fish dishes on your blog! No reason to eat fish if you don’t like it. Although this potato salad is pretty good, and there’s some decent canned salmon out there. Charlie is looking pretty buff in that picture. 😉
Claire @ Claire K Creations says
I don’t mind eating fush but I never cook it at home. Love the idea of eating salad in a chip!
Oh Dear! True Confessions. What a secret you have kept lo these many years. I must try salmon salad on a potato chip; sounds divine. Its the salt. I love salt.
I love fish and sea food. Adore it. Your salad looks marvelous!
Nami | Just One Cookbook says
I didn’t even realized that fish recipes are missing on your site and you are not fond of fish until you mentioned! 😀 I grew up mainly eating 50/50 for fish and meat (typical Japanese cuisine – surrounded by ocean) but now fish is less selection here that we eat like 30% fish, maybe? I love potato salad and I really like how you come up with this recipe!!!
I may be wrong but that look says “I’m gonna get you for this, mommy”. Be prepared to find a present in your favourite shoes. 🙂
My mom did NOT like fish and would only cook 3 fish dishes for my fish-loving dad. All my fish exploration was done when eating out with friends once we were old enough to go out on our own. That said, I really DON’T like potato salad so combining the two would not work for me. I don’t mind canned tuna but canned salmon is yucky!
A Canadian Foodie says
I have never made Salmon Salad like a potato salad, but why? That would be delicious. Our Salmon Salad was one – for sandwiches: mayo, onion, celery, salt and pepper – or the salad salad: lettuce, onions, celery, dill pickles, salt and pepper and salmon. Both were delicious. Haven’t had either for years. Cannot believe you are not a fish lover. Clearly, you haven’t had good fish… oh, my – I am fish obsessed. Guess that is because I am land locked on the Alberta prairies – and canned tuna and salmon used to be a revered staple for us… fresh fish – or frozen, wasn’t easily available and never affordable.
A Canadian Foodie says
Did you get my comment?
I hear you. My husband can not eat fish. He can’t stand the smell when its being cooked or hours later when it has been cooked. That said, he does love a big pc of salmon and enjoys it. He would love a salad like this.
Hey, Maureen….this looks good enough to eat! 🙂 We eat a lot of salmon here and fixing it with the potato salad is a great idea. One of my kids wouldn’t eat fish either because his grandpa didn’t like it. He eats all the fish he can now.
Eva Taylor says
I love fish except for a few exceptions (mainly the ones without taste or texture, like sole). But I can sure see why you’d like this fish recipe Maureen, it sounds delicious. It would make a perfect lunch.
The pup looks adorable.
Aw… I love your dog! Your potato salad with salmon looks delicious, would make a great dinner or lunch! 🙂
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Barbara | Creative Culinary says
I like salmon and fried/battered cod and probably some more but it’s so pricey in CO I don’t get fish much.
You’re better than me…you could batter, fry and cover green peppers with mayo and I’ll do everything in my power to avoid them. 🙂
Choc Chip Uru says
I like the look of this salad, so refreshing! But even more so it is healthier because of this fish 🙂
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What an adorable dog you have so lucky he gets to swim most everyday. Love your salmon salad, looks delicious!
Hotly Spiced says
My in-laws have said to me, ‘It’s all in your head’, too. That’s when you feel like swallowing some seafood and then vomiting right beside them. This looks like a lovely potato salad and I love your presentation of it inside the lettuce cups and I think there’s no harm in replacing the salmon with bacon! Charlie looks very cute; he’s a gorgeous little friend xx
Gintare @Gourmantine says
My brother doesn’t eat a lot of thing. Like most of vegetables, fruits and berries (…) and I’ve tried to sneak things in for him to eat, but with no luck… I think it’s not only “in the head” but some foods just appeal more some than others, and that’s ok 🙂
by the way, Charlie is soooo cute!
I love any recipe that says “1/2 cup mayo or as much as you’d like” 😀 We all have things we don’t eat, no-one should give you a hard time about that! xx
Amanda (@lambsearshoney) says
Given my druthers, I prefer not to eat fish either. Unlike you, I can keep it down – I just think it tastes a bit, err, fishy.
I love your idea of eating the salad with a chip – I lerve chips!
Fran @ G'day Souffle' says
When I was growing up, we would eat frozen ‘fish sticks’ (i.e. fish fingers). These, of course, masked the fishy taste. But now I love fish, particularly if it has a nice sauce like Beurre Blanc. I’ll have to try your salad, but maybe with some fresh salmon. Yum!
Lizzy (Good Things) says
Wow, I didn’t know you can’t eat fish, Maureen! How interesting! Your potato salad looks yummy!
I have the same issue with mushrooms and people seem to take it as a personal affront when I say I hate them. They insist on asking why and I have to say EVERYTHING. I hate everything about them – the taste, texture, smell….And then I get “but you’re so into your food how can you not like mushrooms, I can’t believe it”. At which point I let loose with “I refuse to eat anything that grows between your toes”. That soon shuts them up.
That’s a really long way of saying I feel your pain. Although you’re more game than me in persisting with fish (which I love).
I like your idea of fish and chips though x
I think the hubby would actually enjoy this! It may be our next Lenten Friday dinner. I’ll be sure to tell him he’s allowed to eat it on chips 🙂
These days it is fish that my family is eating more of. Your potato and canned salmon salad will make for a nice change to the fish curries that I have been making so far.
This is a great recipe for those who are busy and in a hurry, nice quick healthy meal.
This made me chuckle, Maureen. 🙂 Isn’t it funny the things that make us gag? I’m like that with mushrooms. Shudder. I TRY to eat them, but can only manage it if they’re hidden. Sigh. 🙂
Kitchen Belleicious says
my two favorite things: chicken salad and potato salad:) Never tried it with salmon before. It sounds and looks amazing
This salad looks fabulous, Maureen! Perfect for those meatless fridays during Lent.
I know quite a few people who have aversions to fish, Maureen. I don’t think it that unusual. I happen to enjoy a good piece of fresh fish every now and again but I also always have canned salmon and tuna on hand. (not that either taste like un-canned:) This salad is a great idea even for a change or in an emergency. Thank you so much for sharing, Maureen. Now I’m craving potato salad!
That’s o.k. Maureen, you really don’t see much fish at all on my blog either.
It just is not in the cards.
I do like it the way you eat it on a potato chip. I personally think everything tastes better on a potato chip, that is why I rarely buy potato chips. They call to me.lol
A lovely salad.
My little dog loves to swim too. I think our little dogs could be twins!
Blessings dear. Catherine xo
Dear Maureen, I rarely post fish either. (very rarely)
I love putting the salad on a potato chip. Everything tastes better on a potato chip! That is why I don’t buy them very often. Potato chips call to me! lol
I love your little doggie. My little one loves to swim too. They really look like twins!
Blessings dear. Catherine xo
Abbe@This is How I Cook says
I love this combo and I love anything with capers. Luckily, I do like fish because I don’t eat meat anymore. And in my opinion, most anything tastes better with a potato chip.
Such a cute doggie Maureen, I love the look of his eyes…
This salad looks and sounds delicious, I like can salmon and I have a few cans in by cupboard…this would be sure a great way to use the cans.
Have a lovely week 😀
Sandra - The Foodie Affair says
Salmon is one of my favorite, but I must admit, I don’t often prepare it myself. I would certainly enjoy this meal, though. When will you be making it again 😉
Lol! You are so funny! I can’t believe you don’t like fish but can eat it in this salad or on chips! I love fish and other than pork, salmon is probably my favourite meat!
Lovely recipes and such a cute doggy photo 🙂
Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says
Hehe you hid that very well fom us! 😉 I had no idea quite honestly!
I had a dog that I would have severely trimmed every Spring. Hie response was much like your pooch’s but when Summer hit, he was much cooler. Love the idea of this salad, Maureen, and you’re certainly not alone in your dislike for fish. We all dislike something, after all.
I’m glad I’m not alone! 🙂
Hi Maureen! Love your name btw (it was my grandmother’s name) I love this recipe, especially the addition of capers. It is opposite for me as it eat most type of fish but have a hard time with canned variety! Although canned salmon is very common in our household. I guess I need to catch up with everyone else!
I identify strongly with your feelings about fish. I just can’t eat the stuff. I WISH I could. I have tried and tried….but it tastes….fishy! I don’t even like shellfish. The one exception to my “no sea life” culinary preferences is Salat Olivier (a Russian potato salad with chopped shrimp, pickles, cucumbers, peas, and apples in a sour cream dressing). The shrimp gets lost in all of that deliciousness and I don’t mind it. Like you with your lovely salmon and potato salad, its something I have eaten since I was a child. 🙂
Judit + Corina says
Fuzzy or not fuzzy he has such a beautiful eyes and cute face, Maureeen. This salad looks very pretty, fresh and just perfect for spring! Love that you used canned salmon it tastes sso much better then a tuna.
We all seem to have a ‘Non Fish Eater” in the family (we will not mention the name…) and remeber when our aunt in Germany served a Potato Tuna salad saying “it’s only tuna not fish” and surprice everybody ate it.
Karen (Back Road Journal) says
I think it is funny that you will eat canned salmon as I think it has such a strong taste. Considering its health benefits, it nice that you have a way to prepare it that you like. I like that you added capers to your potato salad…I’ll definitely try this but using fresh cooked salmon. 🙂
This sounds really good, I am a huge fish eater and salmon is my favorite, I even eat it for breakfast! I love your dog.. what a teddy bear!
Mary Frances says
I keep canned salmon around all the time as a backup dinner ingredient. My mother always had a can around so I do too.
Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) says
I would have never thought to combine salmon and potato salad, but this looks gorgeous and delicious. Growing up in the middle of Kansas, seafood was never on my radar … well I take that back. I did have frozen fish sticks. 🙂
I grew up in Maine and fish was always on the menu, especially on Fridays. I didn’t have to eat it but I had to make my own replacement. Even at 5 years old I became an expert fluffernutter maker. 🙂
I should not tell you that what I’m eating right now is a tin of sardines in tomato sauce mashed up and eaten straight with a spoon, should I?
You will think I am crazy… but my local grocery store had canned salmon (the size of a tuna fish can) on sale from $2.49 to only a $1… so this bargain hunter bought 25 cans. I love salmon and canned is just fine for me. This looks delicious. 🙂 I know what I’m going to try with a few of those cans. 🙂
hahahaha!! Look at his eyes!! He already KNOWS!!
I love the salad. I think I can survive on it.
He had SO much to say 🙂
Helene D'Souza says
Some friends of ours don’t eat fish but they are the best in catching even the most difficult fish. ^.^ I love fish, my husband loves fish but only if it’s fish from the sea and if it was caught a few hours before. I don’t care, I love when fish stinks (seriously!) and I would go crazy for your salad. Salmon is my favorite!
Well, I’m so glad that you found some way to eat fish, especially salmon since it’s quite good for you as I’m sure your mother told you 101 times. 🙂 This salad does sound great! I love salmon about every way it’s served so I’m sure I’d love it in a potato salad. Now if you could just come up with a way for me to like okra. 🙂 My mother always told me that was in my head as well. 🙂
My Kitchen Stories says
Oh ……so cute . Look at him?. I miss my darling dog. I will have to be content looking into Charlies eyes. This is a very good way make a potato salad. Horseradish, capers and of course Salmon. Id eat this on a chip anyday
sherry mackay from sherryspickings says
i love fish and seafood of all kinds so it would be no hardship to eat this salad. and i adore potato salad too so you are covering all the bases for me. love the accusatory look from the doggie.!
Charlie’s a cutie. We have a new standard phrase for him. “Take that bone outside!” he seems to understand. 🙂
Claire @ Simply Sweet Justice says
Charlie is too adorable. Does he ever try to snag some of your yummy creations? 😉 I like the idea of combining the salmon with the potato salad – yum!