Simply Healthy Family: Mason Jar Salmon Nicoise Salad for a Picnic #SundaySupper


Mason Jar Salmon Nicoise Salad for a Picnic #SundaySupper

July is National Picnic Month. It's time to pack up your picnic baskets, gather your family and friends, and head outdoors for a day at the park, beach or on top of a mountain covered with trees. Make things easy by packing simple, portable foods in your basket like this Mason Jar Salmon Nicoise Salad. and don't forget the Gallo wine!

Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are mine, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.

Here in Phoenix, AZ it's too hot to picnic outdoors, but a quick drive north provides plenty of picnic-worthy spots. Our favorite places to spread a picnic blanket and watch the kids play include the many lakes in Northern Arizona. We pack plenty of healthy snacks, fruit, drinks and usually a big salad of some sort. I like to assemble the main dish ahead of time so it's simple to sit down on the picnic blanket and serve to everyone.

Sunday Supper and Gallo Family Vineyards have teamed up once again to help you with your picnic inspiration and planning. From appetizers to dessert, the Sunday Supper Team has you covered with their favorite picnic foods. If you need even more inspiration, visit Gallo Family's Picnic Blog Page which is dedicated to helping you pack and plan the best picnic ever.

A simple vinaigrette of good quality red wine vinegar, minced shallots which are much milder in taste than onion and a good squeeze of lemon along with fresh herbs make the salmon shine in this salad.

TIME        10 MINUTES PREP               SERVES        2-3


1-14 ounce can of Alaskan pink salmon, drained
1/4 cup red onion, diced
3 tablespoons (small handful) fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon good quality olive oil
1/4 cup good quality red wine vinegar
1 whole juicy lemon, juiced (about 1/4 cup)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
freshly cracked black pepper to taste

2 cups frozen French green beans, thawed
3 whole, Organic, Free Range eggs, hard boiled
2 cups packed baby Spring lettuce mix
1/2 cup (handful) Kalmata olives, pitted


In a medium sized bowl, mix together first 8 ingredients. Remove the shells from the eggs, discard shells. Cut the eggs in fourths. In a 1 quart Mason jar, spoon in the salmon mixture then layer with thawed beans, eggs, olives then lettuce. This should give you just over 3 cups. Screw on the lid and refrigerate until ready to use. If your picnic destination is more than a few hours away or it's going to be very hot during transport or until ready to serve, keep the jar in a cooler. 

My favorite part of going on a picnic is sitting in the shade of a huge tree high up in the mountains overlooking the calm waters of the lake were my kids hunt for crawfish and other assorted creepy crawlies. I look forward to pouring myself and my husband a glass of wine to sip on while we enjoy the cool, crisp outdoor air.

Gallo Family Vineyards has a wonderful assortment of wines to satisfy everyone. I typically like a cold glass of their Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay in the summer, which would pair wonderfully with this Salmon Nicoise Salad. On this picnic, however, we chose to bring along Gallo's Cabernet Sauvignon. The small bottles of wine were a perfect fit for our picnic basket and there is no need to keep Cabernet Sauvignon chilled -- making it simple to bring along!

If you're not familiar with Gallo Family Vineyards, they have a fun Facebook page that is very family oriented and fun. They share photos and wine pairings for every occasion from National Picnic Day to Father's Day.

For up to the minute wine pairings, dinner party suggestions and interactive chats, follow Gallo Family on Twitter.

For purely visual inspiration, you have to check out their Instagram feed. They post gorgeous dinner party table spreads, grilling suggestions and picnic baskets filled with goodies.

Whether your a novice cook looking for some extra help in the kitchen or just need some fun ideas on party planning, picnic basket packing and more, Gallo Family is on YouTube sharing short videos and how-to's involving food and wine.

I love every Gallo wine I've tried and as a frugal mom of four, I also love how affordable they are. To find out were to buy Gallo Family Vineyards wine click here.

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  1. My favorite tuna salad in a to-go jar = awesomeness!

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  3. I love throwing food into a mason jar for freshness and ease, and this combo is PERFECT for a picnic!

  4. I think putting food in jars is simply a MUST in the summer - or even in the winter! Food travels so well that way!

  5. What a great idea! I love food in a jar and this is so perfect for taking not only on a picnic, but to take for lunch!

  6. A salade nicoise is one of my favorites! And I love that you made your terrific salmon version portable! YUM.

  7. Mmmmm we have a ton of salmon in our freezer since my guys went fishing last week. I see this salad happening soon!

  8. Lovely looking salad, Gwen! I'm with you about finding a cool shady spot!

  9. Gorgeous salad! I love it so portable in a mason jar for a picnic.

  10. What a great idea! This would be great to keep on hand for everyday lunches too!

  11. Great flavors and a great idea to use a jar!So much fun!

  12. What a great way of blending a classic salad and a modern trend!

  13. I love that you switched this up and included salmon because tuna is SOOOO overdone! ;-)

    I have made chicken salad in a jar but have never tried salmon. This is going to change, quickly!!

  14. Hi Gwen, oh your salmon salad in the jar looks almost to pretty to eat. Such a clever way to travel too!

  15. I had no idea July is Picnic Month!! I'll have to squeeze one in before it's too late :) And salad in a jar will definitely make it easy to pack.

  16. What a creative idea! I love it and so perfect for on the go!

  17. This salmon salad sounds delicious! I love the idea of salads in a jar for on the go!

  18. Love the simplicity of this and I love mason jar salads. Easy and portable plus you can make them ahead of time!

  19. What a great idea! Looove Nicoise salads, and this with the salmon sounds fab! I'm a food blogger in Phoenix, too! I blog at Happy to find your site!

  20. What a fun recipe idea. I've been looking for more ways to use canned salmon and this one sounds perfect!

  21. Love your neat and tidy salad strategy! Wonderful recipe, and I am so happy to cook alongside you for the #SundaySupper picnic.


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