Smoked Salmon Cucumbers with Dill Sauce

In addition to my Caprese Salad Skewers, one of my other go-to party finger foods are these yummy Smoked Salmon Cucumbers.  A few people asked me for the recipe for this one, so here ya go.  They’re secretly super easy, yet they look beautiful and very impressive. While these are great people-pleasers, they aren’t always the best for entertaining because you can’t really make them ahead of time. Prep your ingredients up to a day beforehand (especially the sauce), but slice the cucumbers and assemble them an hour or two before you eat them, at most, otherwise the cucumbers get a little slimy.

I love the combination of salmon, lemon, and dill. It’s especially light and refreshing in the summer. I usually make the sauce more like a tzatziki and use mostly yogurt, which you can certainly do. But for this particular occasion, I wanted something just slightly more rich and decadent, so I went the cream cheese route. Follow your heart on that one. Measurements are estimates; always adjust according to your taste!

Smoked Salmon on Cucumbers with Yogurt Dill Sauce

You will need:

  • 1 large English/Seedless Cucumber (Or 2 smaller ones)
  • 6oz Smoked Salmon
  • One bunch fresh dill (some for the sauce, some for garnish)

For the Dill sauce:

  • 1/4 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 4oz (or about half a block) of cream cheese (regular or light is fine)
  • Juice of 1 large lemon (or 2 small ones)
  • Large handful of chopped fresh dill
  • 1/4 tsp of white pepper
  • Small handful of chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

Allow the cream cheese to sit at room temperature until soft (at least an hour). Once soft, mash it with a fork until smooth. Add the yogurt, lemon juice, fresh dill, fresh cilantro (if using), and white pepper. Mix until well combined. *These were rough estimates, so feel free to add more lemon/dill/yogurt until desired consistency and taste is reached.

Slice the cucumber into even slices thick enough to hold the weight of the toppings (about a centimeter or so). Cut the smoked salmon (or flake with a fork) into small, bite sized pieces. Separate dill into individual fronds for garnish.

To assemble: Spread a little bit of your dill sauce on a cucumber slice, then add a small amount of salmon on top (careful, the good stuff can be potent!). Top each slice with a piece of dill.

Caprese Salad Skewers

This past weekend I had the great opportunity to help throw a bridal shower for my soon-to-be sister-in-law! I was in charge of food, so of course I wanted to do something special. I went all “finger” foods—no utensils required! I wish I had remembered to take a picture of the full spread, because it was beautiful. Fruit kebabs, veggie crudités and pita with hummus, lemon bars, cookies, muffins, and two of my specialties: Caprese Skewers and Smoked Salmon on Cucumbers (recipe to come next!)

The Caprese Skewers are really easy and look so pretty. We used these mini pink skewers, since it was a bridal shower, after all, and because they were a little bigger than traditional toothpicks and our tomatoes were so big! You could also use wooden skewers and stack ‘em up!

No real recipe here. Just chop up a block of fresh mozzarella into small cubes, or, if you can find it, buy the little balls of mozzarella for the added “awww, how cute!” factor.  Then chop up some fresh basil into small pieces (or large pieces, if you love basil like me). Then load up your skewers with fresh cherry tomatoes, the mozzarella, and basil. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and voila!

You could also make them into these little “Caprese Bites“, which I did for another party in the past. Use larger cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes. Cut each tomato in half. If using the mozzarella balls, cut each one in half as well. Use small toothpicks and stack the tomatoes, flat side down, with the mozzarella and a basil leaf on top. If done right, they should stand up on their own!

 

 

Up next: Smoked Salmon on Cucumber Bites with Yogurt Dill Sauce!