clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon

Cajun Smoked Salmon Zucchini Noodles Salad

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2-3 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Smoked Salmon Zucchini Noodles Salad makes for a perfect no cook meal! A zippy cajun sauce tossed in chopped vegetables and zucchini noodles then topped with peppery smoked salmon. Paleo, low carb and real food deliciousness!


Units Scale
  • 2 zucchini or 1 zucchini & 1 summer squash
  • 1/2 large red onion, peeled and chopped (1 cup chopped)
  • 1 cup diced/sliced cherry tomatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt/pepper to taste
  • 5 ounces smoked wood salmon or hot smoked salmon of choice (skin removed and sliced)
  • fresh cilantro (torn) to garnish (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons capers (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes to garnish (optional)

Cajun Sauce

  • 1/2 cup paleo mayo or red pepper hummus for an egg-free option
  • 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt/pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (Or use a cajun spice mix in place of cayenne and paprika)
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder


  1. Wash the zucchini/squash and cut off stems.
  2. Spiralize using a spiralizer or use a peeler to create shavings (larger flat zucchini noodles) for the zucchini pasta. The zucchinis can be julienned as well.
  3. Place in bowl and pat with a paper towel to remove excess water from the noodles. Set aside.
  4. Prep/chop the other vegetables. Mix with noodles. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

For the Cajun Sauce:

  1. Whisk together 1/2 cup paleo mayo or red pepper hummus (if using the hummus, be sure to heat it for 20 seconds in a microwave-safe bowl to softened before mixing), olive oil, paprika, garlic, onion powder, cayenne, salt, and black pepper. 

To Finish Salad:

  1. Toss the sauce with the zucchini, squash noodles, and other vegetables in a bowl. Reserve some sauce for extra topping if desired.
  2. Add peppered or cajun spiced smoked salmon sliced on top.
  3. Crushed red pepper, capers, and cilantro to garnish.
  4. Serve an extra lemon wedge on the side.


For the Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles) Prep: Press with a dry paper towel to remove excess water before mixing

If you are using this as a Whole 30 friendly dish, please check the ingredients on smoked salmon. You will want to use smoked salmon without any added sugar/honey.

Estimated Nutrition shown below Per Serving, with mayo vs hummus – If you use hummus, the fat content will be reduced

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Category: main, sides, salads
  • Method: mix
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 245
  • Sugar: 2.5 g
  • Sodium: 724.1 mg
  • Fat: 19.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9 g
  • Fiber: 2.1 g
  • Protein: 8.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 21.5 mg

Keywords: zucchini noodles, smoked salmon, paleo, whole30, gluten free, low carb