This paleo smoked salmon salad cake is one of my favorite dishes – it’s healthy, it’s easy to make, it’s delicious and it’s visually appealing, full of bright vibrant colors. I got the inspiration from a traditional to Russia and other Slavic countries dish, which is made inside a deep dish and which uses pickled herring in place of salmon. I think that the brightly colored salmon makes this dish so much more colorful and elegant, and so does the cake shape.
I also wanted to make this dish healthier and paleo friendly, so I am using paleo mayonnaise for this recipe. I found dozens of recipes for paleo mayonnaise on the Internet – it’s quite easy to make and it tastes amazing, too. Now, the opinions are split on whether smoke salmon is paleo, but it appears that the tendency is to accept that it is paleo, though it should be considered a treat and consumed in moderation.
You will notice that I am not using any salt or spices in this salad cake. With smoked salmon being on the salty side, it’s saltiness balances out nicely with other ingredients. As to the spices, this salad is so flavorful on its own that there is barely any need to add or enhance flavors. You can, however, add your favorite spices if you desire.
To shape the cake I used a 6 inch springform cake pan, it’s works beautifully for this recipe.
Smoked Salmon Salad Cake
- 10 ounces / 2 heaping cups 300 g smoked salmon, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup white onions finely chopped
- 2 cups white potatoes fully cooked, shredded
- 2 eggs boiled, shredded
- 2 medium carrots / 1 1/2 cups fully cooked, shredded
- 2 large beets / 2 cups fully cooked, shredded
- 10 Tbsp paleo mayonnaise or regular mayo if making non-paleo version
- 1 oz / 4-5 1x2 inch slices smoked salmon
- Fresh parsley
Bring a large pot, half filled with water, to boil
Boil potatoes, carrots, and beets until fully cooked
In a separate bowl, boil eggs until fully cooked
Let the boiled vegetables and eggs chilled completely, preferably overnight
Prepare your salmon, eggs and vegetables and set aside
Place a 6" round springform cake pan, bottom removed, on a serving platter and begin cake assembly
Layer 1 - chopped smoked salmon
Layer 2 - chopped onions
Layer 3 - shredded potatoes plus 1 tablespoon mayo spread evenly on top
Layer 4 - shredded egg plus 1 tablespoon mayo spread evenly on top
Layer 5 - shredded carrots plus 1 tablespoon mayo spread evenly on top
Layer 6 - shredded beets plus 1 tablespoon mayo spread evenly on top
Carefully remove the cake pan
Garnish with fresh parsley and a rose made from salmon slices