Lomi Lomi Salmon is a traditional Hawaiian style salad that is delicious, simple to make and bursting with fresh flavor. Lomilomi is a type of Polynesian Massage which comes from the Hawaiian word “Lomi”, which means to knead. I first came across Lomi Lomi Salmon at a Hawaiian luau and I was completely blown away by how just a few ingredients could combine to form such a delicious and healthy salad.
Although some Lomi Lomi recipes call for hot, spicy peppers to be mixed in, my recipe is kid-friendly and can be enjoyed by the entire family.
The colors of Lomi Lomi Salmon are beautiful – red tomatoes, orange salmon, greens onions and white onion combine to for an aesthetically pleasing dish. But it’s not only beautiful – the taste is surprising complex. I love the way the sweet flavor of fresh tomato complements the saltiness of the smoked salmon to create a unique and savory flavor. And it’s all complimented by sweet onion that loses its bite as it marinades in the salty salad.
Lomi Lomi needs to be served cold – the colder the better- and there are a few ways to cool it down. The traditional Hawaiian method which you might see if you go to a traditional luau, is to mix fresh ice in with the rest of the ingredients. This cools the Lomi Lomi salmon down, but the longer it sits the more the ice melts and the Lomi Lomi can get watery. The method I use it to mix the Lomi Lomi in a large metal bowl and put it in the freezer about 30 minutes before serving. The cold metal cools the bottom and mixture will chill completely. Give It a stir a few times to make sure it chills throughout. Another way to chill your Lomi Lomi is to refrigerate it for 8-12 hours in a covered non-metallic bowl. The salt and vinegar can react with the metal if stored for a long period, so I usually use Tupperware. This allows time for all the flavors to completely blend and makes Lomi Lomi Salmon that is perfectly flavored – especially if you use sushi vinegar.
Hawaiian food is unique and delicious and Lomi Lomi Salmon is no exception. Healthy, low in calories, loaded with fish and fresh vegetables – what’s not to like? Try this one out and let me know what you think in the comments section below.