I was set on making pasta with smoked salmon for lunch. I have all the ingredients I needed but had to make a last minute change when I realized that my smoked salmon has gone bad already. After a hurried inventory of my pantry, I spied an unopened bottle of salmon flakes. These are the ones I use for making onigiri. For these recipe you will need the following: fettuccine, olive oil, garlic clove, salmon, avocado, arugula, lemon and salt and pepper.


Cook your pasta according to package directions (I used just enough for two servings). Don’t forget to salt your pasta water.

Get a sauté pan and heat about 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil. Then add 1-2 cloves minced garlic. Cook until fragrant but don’t let it brown. Add 2 tablespoon of your flaked salmon (You can use leftover baked salmon fillets about 1/4 cup) and the zest of one lemon. Continue cooking until warmed through. Add your cooked pasta and half of an avocado that has been diced. Stir until everything is well combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add a handful of arugula and remove pan from heat. Carefully mix in your greens. Plate and serve with a slice of crusty bread. I squeezed a slice of lemon on my bowl for an added brightness to the dish.