This Salmon Sandwich Is The Health-Boosting Desk Lunch You Need

by | Jan 2, 2024 | Recipes

This salmon sandwich, which channels the Swedish way of eating, is here to boost your desk lunch – and your health. Fact: Sweden boasts low obesity and high life expectancy, which has a lot to do with lifestyle. They eat a lot of this type of salmon, a cured version called gravlax. And it’s got a ton of benefits: it’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein and B vitamins and contains naturally healthy bacteria that fuel your immunity.

Here’s a salmon sandwich to ensure you eat like a Swede and reap the benefits. Prepare all these, then layer on rye bread – or whichever loaf you fancy. You’ll be making the salmon, a cucumber salad and a mustard sauce. Layer them all on your loaf of choice and enjoy over and over again.

an open salmon sandwich next to other open sandwiches

Salmon Gravlax

You'll need to cure the salmon before placing it on your chosen bread. These easy steps take you there.
Prep Time 2 days
Course Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine French, Healthy, Sandwich
Servings 8
Calories 99 kcal


  • 400 g Norwegian salmon, deboned, skin on
  • 1 tbsp rock salt heaped
  • 1 tbsp sugar heaped
  • 0.5 lemon, zested
  • 0.5 tsp peppercorns white or black
  • 1 tbsp dill finely chopped


  • Spread clingfilm on a work surface and place one piece of salmon on it, skin-side down.
  • Spread the salt mixture (rest of the ingredients) on top and cover with the second piece of fish, skin-side up.
  • Wrap tightly, place on a baking sheet, cover with foil and top with another baking sheet.
  • Place tins on top to weigh it down and refrigerate for two days, turning every 12 hours.
  • To serve, gently rinse off the salt mixture with water, pat the salmon dry with paper towel and slice it wafer thin. Arrange on thin slices of rye bread and top with cucumber salad.
Keyword Easy Meals, fish, Salmon, Sandwich

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cucumber salad on a plate

Cucumber salad

Pair this delicious cucumber salad with your salmon on your 'wich.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Healthy


  • ½ English Cucumber
  • Salt
  • 2 tbsp White wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • Black pepper freshly ground
  • 1 tbsp dill finely chopped


  • Slice the cucumber wafer-thin, spread out in a colander, sprinkle with salt and leave for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse and drain.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the cucumber and toss well.
Keyword cucumber salad

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Mustard Sauce

This zingy mustard sauce complements the salty fish perfectly and you'll want to use it in other dishes, too.
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Healthy, Sandwich


  • 1 tbsp English mustard
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • ½ tsp White wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup cream


  • Add all the ingredients except the cream to the pot, heat over medium heat and stir to dissolve the sugar.
  • Add the cream, bring to a simmer and cook until slightly reduced and thickened.
Keyword mustard, sauce

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