Finnish Smoked Salmon Salad, Savulohisalaatti


In Finland, salad can mean many things, from the usual green salad to this one with sour cream, and even lettuce.

Lohisalaatti = salmon salad, which is often a green salad with grilled salmon on top, is also lohisalaatti when it is dressed with sour cream. Sienisalaatti = Mushroom Salad is usually made with sour cream and is called lohisalaatti.
Finnish Mushroom Salad with Sour Cream, Sienisalaatti
Sienisalaatti, or mushroom salad in Finland, is a salad of mushrooms and sour cream. It is served on bread or crackers.

Finnish Smoked Salmon Salad, Savulohisalaatti

Grilled salmon on lettuce is salmon salad, lohisalaatti. Also, smoked salmon with sour cream is salmon salad in Finland. Goes well with bread.
Prep Time0 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Servings4 people
  • smoked salmon 100 g
  • crab fishcake (surimi, 2 pcs, *1) 30 g
  • onion 50 g
  • sour cream 50 g
  • mayonnaise 20 g
  • lemon juice 1 tsp
  • Fresh dill (*2)
  • Pepper
  • Finely chop the onion. If it is too spicy, soak it in water for a few minutes.
  • Roughly chop the smoked salmon and break up and chop the crab fishcake into small pieces.
  • Tear the fresh dill into small pieces.
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  • Season with pepper.
In Finland, the crab fishcake, Kanikama in Japanese, are sold as “Surimi”, it means grounded fish meat in Japanese. Some are the same as Japanese kanikama, and some are shaped like shrimp.
I used to wonder why they put crab fishcakes in commercial lohisalaatti, but when I made it myself, I understood. The smoked salmon and sour cream alone made the salmon smell fishy. For some reason, the crab fishcake eased the fishy smell, and added a delicious flavor. It was an unexpected discovery.
Dill is very light, so it’s hard to put a weight on it. If you follow the recipe, you should be able to hold a pile of fresh dill in one hand. Finnish people love dill. I’ve seen a lot of recipes that say to use as much as you like.
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