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You can enjoy this IKEA style smoked salmon gravlax salad in a snap and it’s a perfect choice for an elegant and tasty meal that’s low in carbs and rich in omegas and protein.

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This smoked salmon (aka gravad lax) is on our menu every time we visit an IKEA Restaurant.

We always look forward to this smoked salmon plate. It’s really one of the highlights of our trips to IKEA.

The furniture might be tricky to assemble at times, but do you know what isn’t?

This salmon salad.

It’s super easy, in fact.

You can easily enjoy a homemade version that is nearly identical to IKEA’s recipe.

It’s especially simple when you can find a prepared blend of field greens for your salad. Place the mixed greens on your plate with some thawed smoked salmon gravlax.

In Sweden, smoked salmon is commonly enjoyed with mustard dill sauce (IKEA brand is called Sås Mustard & Dill). You can serve it with or without mustard dill sauce, it’s up to you.

At our last trip to IKEA, the IKEA supermarket was sold out of this mustard dill sauce, so we needed to make our own.

Luckily, it’s another very simple recipe.

You can easily assemble smoked salmon gravlax salad, with a homemade mustard and dill sauce (senap och dillsås).

If you are watching your carb intake, you may want to reduce or omit the mustard dill sauce as it contains sugar. It has such an intense flavor that you can get away with having just a small amount of it.

If you love IKEA, be sure to check out this post about What to Eat at IKEA – plus best copycat recipes!

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Ingredients in Smoked Salmon Gravlax Salad

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  • Smoked Salmon (Gravlax) — smoked salmon in a thawed package from IKEA or your local grocery store’s frozen food aisle. Or you can substitute lox.
  • Field Greens Salad Mix — washed and dried, includes a variety of greens; organic baby lettuces, organic baby greens such as green and red chard, green and red kale, mizuna, arugula, frisée and radicchio. Can also use similar mesclun salad mix.
  • Mustard and Dill Sauce — store bought from IKEA or you can make your own using honey mustard and fresh chopped dill. *NOTE: Be sure to get the right honey mustard (not regular yellow mustard or Dijon mustard). We use President’s Choice Honey Mustard that is really close in flavor to the IKEA mustard.
  • Lemon — fresh cut wedges or slices of lemon is perfect as a garnish and to squeeze the fresh lemon juice over top of the smoked salmon and greens, if you like.

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How To Make Smoked Salmon Gravlax Salad

You won’t need an Allen key for this assembly.

All you need to do is thaw a package of smoked salmon gravlax.

If you have an IKEA close by, you can find some cured and cold-smoked salmon Atlantic salmon (salmo salar) available in the frozen section of an IKEA Supermarket.

We love to go to IKEA, order this meal in IKEA’s restaurant and then purchase smoked salmon and mustard dill sauce in IKEA’s supermarket to enjoy again another day!

Smoked salmon can usually be found in similar packages, usually flat, in the frozen food aisle at local grocery stores.

The flat packaging makes it quick to thaw out. Once thawed, carefully remove the slices of gravlax and place them on a plate.

Add washed and dried spring salad mix made of a variety of field greens. Many grocery stores have prepared greens that are an ideal blend to serve with this smoked salmon plate. Check the best before date on the package and also look close to ensure that the salad greens are fresh and not wilted.

At an IKEA Supermarket you can usually find a jar of Sås Mustard & Dill, the sauce that is shown in the picture. In Swedish, mustard and dill sauce translates to senap och dillsås.

If you can’t find this, a really easy substitute or hack, is to purchase some honey mustard and stir in some finely chopped fresh dill.

Garnish with some fresh lemon wedges or slices that you can use to add some fresh lemon juice to the salmon and salad.

What To Serve With Smoked Salmon Gravlax Salad

This smoked salmon salad plate is a hearty meal in itself but if you’d like more to go with it, you can serve with buttered multigrain crisp bread crackers (knackebrod).

The meal would pair nicely with a soup, a light and creamy seafood chowder or a vegetable soup would be great choices.

When we visit IKEA, we usually enjoy smoked salmon gravlax salad with IKEA meatballs and IKEA shrimp sandwich. We often try the soup of the day.

Fortunately, we have our own IKEA copycat recipes for Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes as well as shrimp sandwiches.

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So we are able to easily serve this combination of Swedish dishes at home any time.

The Swedish meatballs are also available in IKEA’s supermarket. IKEA also sells salmon meatballs, pea protein based plant balls and veggie balls.

We like to make our Swedish meatballs from scratch, though, but we do purchase these occasionally to stock our freezer.

This ultra creamy IKEA style shrimp salad sandwich requires cold water shrimp that you can also purchase in IKEA’s supermarket.

shrimp salad sandwich without mayo räkröra recipe what to serve with smoked salmon gravlax

This smoked salmon gravlax salad is excellent to serve along with any of the following Swedish sandwiches (without mayo):

Preparation and Storage Tips

This dish is best served fresh, the same day you thaw out your smoked salmon. You can store thawed gravlax in your refrigerator for about a week.

To save time, you can prepare these plates, cover each with plastic cling wrap and place in the fridge until they’re needed. Much like IKEA does, they will stay fresh if covered and kept cool.

However, we like to enjoy them within a day or two, as with much of our seafood.

More Easy Smoked Salmon Gravlax Recipes

If you like easy but slightly more challenging smoked salmon recipes, give these a go!

There’s a Smoked Salmon Salad Sandwich (Laxröra) you can make that is delicious on regular or low carb bread, or in a baguette.

You can also use IKEA smoked salmon gravlax to make amazing sushi recipes! We love the three options below.

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Best Uses for Leftover Smoked Salmon Gravlax Salad

If you have leftover smoked salmon gravlax, you can use the gravlax in any of your favorite smoked salmon recipes.

We also share many ideas for leftover smoked salmon in What To Do With Smoked Salmon. There are sandwich recipes, an epic sandwich cake, sushi rolls and more!

Try it in this deliciously creamy yet light smoked salmon salad sandwich.

smoked salmon salad sandwich without mayo laxröra recipe best uses for leftover smoked salmon gravlax

For breakfast and brunch ideas, try scrambled eggs with gravlax or smoked salmon eggs benedict.

Hosting a get together? Smoked salmon dip and smoked salmon cream cheese pinwheels make scrumptious appetizers!

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smoked salmon gravlax salad recipe

Smoked Salmon Gravlax Salad

Susan & Björn
An elegant lunch at the snap of a finger, you can make this anytime with some smoked salmon (gravlax) stocked in your freezer. Smoked salmon is packed flat and thaws quickly. Just add some mixed mesclun greens with mustard dill sauce and lemon wedges on the side. Can be served with buttered crisp bread (knackebrod) and a soup.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine Swedish
Calories 96 kcal
Fiber 0.03 g
Carbohydrates 8 g


Smoked Salmon Gravlax sallad

  • 4 Cups Mixed Greens, mesclun, washed
  • 7 ounces Smoked Salmon, gravad lax, gravlax
  • 4 wedges Lemon

Mustard Dill Sauce Senap Dillsås – IKEA Copycat recipe

  • ¼ Cup Honey Mustard,
  • 1 tablespoon Dill, chopped fine
  • ½ teaspoon Hot Sauce, optional


  • Thaw a package of smoked salmon (gravlax). Carefully remove the smoked salmon slices and place them on individual plates. IKEA's gravlax comes with eight slices, place two slices on each plate to serve four.
  • Place a handful, about a cup or more, of mesclun or spring mix (mixed greens) on each plate next to the smoked salmon (gravad lax).
  • Garnish each plate with fresh lemon wedges and serve with mustard dill sauce on the side.

Additional Information

Note: We prefer a small amount of mustard dill sauce, and a quarter cup works well for us. If you like more, you may want to increase the amounts.


Calories: 96kcal Carbohydrates: 8g Fiber: 0.03g Net Carbohydrates: 8g Protein: 10g Fat: 2g Saturated Fat: 0.5g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 11mg Sodium: 498mg Potassium: 158mg Sugar: 3g Vitamin A: 506IU Vitamin C: 10mg Calcium: 11mg Iron: 1mg


The above nutritional values are estimates and should only be used as a guide. If you are following a specific diet or have dietary restrictions, please use your preferred nutritional calculator. If you have a food allergy please ensure that none of the listed ingredients are part of your restrictions. As well, always use a food thermometer to ensure safe cooking temperature of the food items.

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