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Salmon salad: the perfect adventure travel lunch

Posted: Friday, December 9, 2011

A couple of years ago on our Grand Alaska Road Trip (our adventure travel offering in - you guessed it- Alaska), we took this truly amazing one day rafting trip down the Kennicott, Nizina, and Chitina Rivers. If you ever want to get a feel for the wilderness that Alaska truly is, without spending lots of time and/or money to get into the bush, this is the way to do it. And at the end of the day a plane swoops down, lands you on a sandbar, and whisks you back to the town of McCarthy, a former ghost town in the middle of nowhere. It's truly a magical day. But I digress.

Salmon Salad

Halfway through the day we pulled over on a sandbar and the guides made lunch. Lunches on a raft trip are always good and this was no exception. But that day we had salmon salad. I didn't watch the guides whip it up but what I noticed was that it looked pretty easy. And no, even though this is Alaska, the salmon wasn't fresh. Which is good because on most trips, you can't get fresh salmon. I later asked for the recipe and wanted to share it with you. It's easy to make, a pleasant alternative to tuna fish, and really healthy. Plus - almost all canned or packaged salmon is wild caught, so you don't need to have any nagging concerns as Alaska salmon is a sustainable fishery.

A few cans or packages of salmon
Mix in mayo and mustard to the consistency and taste that suits you
Add a little pickle relish 
Add spices you like: maybe a little pepper, some granulated garlic, cumin, and maybe a little cayenne pepper

Eat on crackers, bread, lettuce leaves, or just plain. Yum!

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