The Reason Smoked Salmon Pairs So Well With Avocado

Whether you're in camp lox bagel or camp avocado toast, your breakfast is scientifically-backed to be delicious. There's a reason smoked salmon and avocado leave you feeling satisfied and energized — and why they taste oh so good. Here's why the pairing works.

Both salmon and avocados are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which can prevent cardiovascular disease, cancer, and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as promote neurological and ocular health, according to The Office of Dietary Supplements. What makes salmon and avocados so special in this aspect, says the Wild Alaskan Company, is that both foods share the same type of omega-3 fatty acid: ALA. ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) reduces heart disease risk, and performs the essential function as stored energy in the body, explains Healthline.

Salmon and avocado are also both substantial sources of protein. Per the USDA, 100 grams of salmon provide almost 20 grams of protein. For reference, the daily recommended protein intake for a 150-pound adult is 54 grams, via Harvard. As a vegetarian-friendly protein source, just ½ cup of avocado packs 6 grams of protein — nearly ¼ of your daily recommended protein intake, according to WebMD.

But the reasons smoked salmon pairs so well with avocado aren't just physical. 

A treat to the body and the senses

If you're thinking about chowing down on a serving of salmon and avocado, your brain and your taste buds will thank you, too. Not only do both foods pack an impressive array of physical benefits, they also work for your mental health. Medical News Today says avocados can decrease the risk of mood disorders like depression. Salmon is a good source of the amino acid Tryptophan (per, a naturally-occurring compound that helps regular sleep and boost serotonin, according to Healthline.

Endocrine system aside, few things boost the mood as efficiently as a good meal. For an even bigger flavor and nutrient boost, try combining them — not just for salmon avocado sushi rolls. From a culinary perspective, smoked salmon and avocado are a match made in heaven. The natural saltiness of smoked salmon pairs well with the more neutral base of avocado's vegetal flavor, says Real Simple. For a gourmet makeover, it suggests adding sliced onions and salty capers to your smoked salmon avocado toast. We recommend pickled red onion for a tangy complement and added texture.