Canadian Salad

OBJECTIVE OF CANADIAN SALAD: Change per hand, discussed in detail below.


NUMBER OF CARDS: 52 card deck

RANK OF CARDS:  A (high), K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2

TYPE OF GAME: Trick-Taking



Canadian Salad is a Canadian trick-taking game with a different goal for each hand. The goal is to avoid taking certain cards from the trick which accrue penalty points.

The game is most popular in Canada, although it is considered to be North American. The American variant, that is similar to Canadian Salad, is called Wisconsin Scramble.


Canadian Salad is generally played with 4 players. The deal and play passes to the left, and the first dealer is chosen by cutting the deck. The player with the highest card deals first. The dealer shuffles and deals each player 13 cards.


The game has 6 hands played in the following order:

  • Hand 1: Take no tricks. Each trick wons is 10 penalty points. Total of 130 points in this hand.
  • Hand 2: Take no Hearts. Each heart taken in a trick is worth 10 penalty points. Total of 130 points in this hand.
  • Hand 3: Take no Queens. Each Queen taken in a trick is worth 25 penalty points. Total of 100 points in this hand.
  • Hand 4: Take no King of Spades. The player who takes the King of Spades in a trick scores 100 penalty points.
  • Hand 5: Don’t take the last trick. The player who takes the last trick scores 100 penalty points.
  • Hand 6: None of the above, all rules from the above hands’ count, for a total of 560 possible points.


The player to the left of the dealer leads in the first trick. After, the winner of the previous trick leads in the next. A trick consists of each player playing a single card. Players should try and follow the suit of the first card played or led with. If you do not have a card from the suit led with, you may play any card in hand. The highest ranking card from the suit led with wins or takes the trick, and they lead in the next trick.

There are no trumps.

For more information on Trick-Taking games, click here

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5 thoughts on “Canadian Salad”

  1. #4 needs editing. It should be “Take no King of Spades (not Kings)” and the next sentence should be “The player (not Players) who takes (not take) the King (not Kings) of (not or) Spades in a trick scores (not score)100 penalty points.

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