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Smoked Salmon Salad Sandwich Without Mayo (Laxröra)

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This smoked salmon salad sandwich without mayo is a savory filling for a simple yet sophisticated sandwich or sandwich cake.

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Popular throughout Scandinavia, gravad lax is found in nearly every smörgåsbord (sandwich table) for all meals, including breakfasts.

It is served plain, on crispbread crackers or in a creamy sandwich mix like this one.

We love to make Swedish style sandwich cakes (smörgåstårtor) with salmon salad sandwich filling as one layer, as well as with some smoked salmon (gravad lax) to garnish the top of the cake.

We lighten our salmon salad filling by using Turkish labneh and sour cream instead of heavy cream, creme fraiche or mayo.

The labneh is so creamy and rich, that you won’t miss the heavier ingredients at all.

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Smoked salmon salad sandwich (gravad lax) is used in one layer of this seafood sandwich cake with additional gravad lax as garnish on top

Whether in a sandwich for an easy yet elegant brunch, or as part of a sandwich cake, this mix is perfect to serve for any special occasion.

We like to keep a package or two of smoked salmon in our freezer. They are packed flat and thaw out quickly.

When you have an unexpected guest or are looking for something special at the last minute, this is a great choice! Just take the package out of your freezer, let thaw a bit on the counter top or submerge in lukewarm water to thaw even quicker.

Then all you need to do is chop the salmon into small pieces and mix with some common ingredients (labneh or Greek yogurt, sour cream, lemon juice, all purpose seasoning, onions and dill).

Easy to make, but the smoked salmon takes a simple mix to the next level.

We usually have these ingredients on hand so we can make this and other sandwich mixes anytime.

Find more ideas for leftover smoked salmon in What To Do With Smoked Salmon.

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Ingredients in Smoked Salmon Salad Sandwich Without Mayo

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  • Smoked Salmon (Gravad Lax) — We used Norwegian Fjord smoked steelhead salmon, shown above, available in the frozen seafood section of our local grocery store. IKEA often has smoked salmon for sale in their Supermarket if you have a store nearby.
  • Labneh — Turkish labneh has texture and flavor similar to cream cheese and makes for a deliciously creamy base for the salmon sandwich filling.
  • Sour Cream — use regular sour cream, not low fat or light.
  • Lemon Juice — use freshly squeezed lemon juice for the best flavor.
  • Red Onion — diced fine, you can sub white or yellow onion.
  • Fresh Dill — fresh dill, chopped or snipped with kitchen scizzors.
  • Salt — we prefer to use Himalayan salt, ground.
  • Pepper — black pepper, freshly ground.
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Smoked Salmon (Gravad Lax) or Purchase IKEA Gravlax From IKEA Supermarket

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What to Serve With Smoked Salmon Salad Sandwich Without Mayo

Smoked salmon salad without mayo is perfect as a sandwich filling on regular bread, low carb Carbonaut or on Lebanese style pita bread.

You can serve it as an open faced sandwich (one bottom slice of bread only) or as a sandwich with two bread slices. When served as an open faced sandwich the number of carbs are reduced.

If you like, you can serve it in large lettuce leaves using romaine or iceberg for a low carb option.

For an extra special brunch, serve smoked salmon salad without mayo as one layer of a Swedish style sandwich cake (smörgåstårta).

seafood sandwich cake smörgåstårta layers
Interior of a sandwich cake (smörgåstårta) with four layers (from bottom to top: tuna salad, egg salad, smoked salmon salad and shrimp salad)

More Sandwich Fillings

We love these sandwiches fillings without mayo in hearty sandwiches and sandwich cakes.

Use four of the seafood or egg mixes below to make our seafood sandwich cake (smörgåstårta) recipe.

You can choose your favorite four fillings to each be a layer in a seafood sandwich cake (smörgåstårta).

It is actually easy to assemble the cake once the fillings are made and our recipe shows each step of the process!

We chose this smoked salmon salad as well as tuna salad, egg salad and shrimp salad (shown in the above image).

When you’re in the mood for chicken instead of seafood, this chicken salad sandwich without mayo is the perfect quick lunch.

If you loved the seafood sandwich cake above and would like a meat version, this traditional sandwich cake smörgåstårta made with deli style meat is also fantastic!

Check out these must have Swedish grocery items for everything smörgås!

How To Store Smoked Salmon Salad Sandwich

You can store prepared salmon salad sandwich filling in the fridge for up to three days. Although, we recommend to enjoy it within a day or two for the freshest flavor.

You can keep a sealed package or two of smoked salmon (gravad lax) in your freezer for up to six months. The smoked salmon is packaged flat and thaws rather quickly for a last minute lunch. You can use it to make this sandwich and more easy smoked salmon recipes listed below.

More Easy Smoked Salmon Recipes

There are many options for enjoying IKEA gravlax smoked salmon. Try these gravlax sushi rolls.

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An Easy Homemade Sushi MenuGravlax Salmon Sushi Roll Uramaki (Front), Gravlax Salmon Maki Roll (Fourth roll in back row), Creamy Gravlax Salmon Sushi Uramaki Roll (Sixth roll in the back row)
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Try a savory IKEA shrimp sandwich with cold water shrimp, hard cooked egg slices, creamy labneh and lettuce on a low carb or regular bread slice. Packed with wholesome goodness, this sophisticated and quick to assemble open faced sandwich is sure to impress!

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smoked salmon salad sandwich without mayo laxröra recipe

Smoked Salmon Salad Sandwich Without Mayo (Laxröra)

Susan & Björn
Smoked salmon (gravad lax) makes a savory sandwich filling for a simple and elegant lunch or brunch. Enjoy as a sandwich filling or as one layer of a Swedish style sandwich cake (smörgåstårta).
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Swedish
Calories 79 kcal
Fiber 0.3 g
Carbohydrates 2 g


  • 5.5 ounces Smoked Salmon, chopped into small pieces
  • ¼ Cup Labneh
  • ¼ Cup Sour Cream
  • ¼ Cup Dill, fresh, snipped small pieces
  • Cup Chives, snipped small pieces
  • Cup Red onion, diced fine
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed
  • ½ teaspoon Salt, Himalayan, ground
  • ½ teaspoon Black Pepper, freshly ground


  • 8 Slices Carbonaut Bread, or Carbonaut Bread Multigrain
  • 8 Slices Lettuce, or sub arugula, optional


  • Place chopped smoked salmon into a medium bowl.
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  • Add labneh and sour cream.
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  • Add in the remaining ingredients (dill, red onion, lemon juice, salt and pepper).
    smoked salmon salad sandwich without mayo laxröra step 8
  • Mix well until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. Cover and store in fridge until ready to serve.
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  • Enjoy as a sandwich filling or as one layer of a sandwich cake (smörgåstårta).
    seafood sandwich cake smörgåstårta layers

Additional Information

*Nutrition Calculation is for the Smoked Salmon Salad Mix only, because bread information varies widely.  Please refer to the nutritional info on your package of bread. 


Calories: 79kcal Carbohydrates: 2g Fiber: 0.3g Net Carbohydrates: 2g Protein: 7g Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 2g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 17mg Sodium: 596mg Potassium: 128mg Sugar: 1g Vitamin A: 411IU Vitamin C: 7mg Calcium: 29mg 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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