Costco started selling a bow-tie pasta and salmon salad recently, and I gave it a try a couple of weeks ago. I applaud them for finding a way to utilize what I assume to be unsold farmed salmon, but the recipe leaves much to be desired.
I can’t prove it, but it tastes (and looks) as if chunks of cooked salmon are combined with bow-tie pasta and containers of one of the bruschetta spreads or tapenades they sell. The flavor is very harsh, in my opinion, due to the lack of any creamy element. They either have to cut that heavy, olive-laden “dressing” with something gentle, or start from scratch. Perhaps a modified Caesar might work. If they don’t want creamy then they need to use some kind of vinaigrette. Something. Anything.
I also taste preservatives in there, but it’s hard to figure out what is going on because it hits you like gangbusters. My taste memory brings me to the subtle rancidity of some canned antipasto I tried once as a child.