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Smoked Salmon Appetizer

A gloriously simple recipe, this smoked salmon appetizer is perfect for the upcoming holiday season. Whether you are throwing a party or having a few friends stop over for drinks.

This simple, yet elegant smoked salmon appetizer is the sort of thing you can whip together at the last minute. All while still making it look like you gave it all some thought. In other words, wow them all while doing the least amount of work possible.

A Healthy Option: Smoke Salmon Appetizer

For anyone who is big into clean eating and may be wondering if smoked salmon is actually healthy, the answer is yes! Although omega-3 fats are extremely heat-sensitive. These super potent anti-inflammatory fats get even more stable when fish is smoked.

A 2009 study published online on PubMed (1) showed when salmon was subjected to high heat temperatures (95 degrees C) during smoking the fish unexpectedly produced oils with fewer products of oxidation than their unprocessed counterparts. It’s super important to buy the cleanest smoked salmon though. Click HERE to learn more.

Dairy-Free Herb Spread is Made with a Nut-Cheese Base

The dairy-free herb spread is what sets this appetizer apart from the more conventional smoked salmon appetizers, Traditionally, an appetizer like this would involve cream cheese or sour cream.

Kite Hill Cream Cheese Style Spread

The magical ingredient that makes dairy-free possible is Kite Hill Cream Cheese Style Spread.  A nut-based cheese, Kite Hill is made with all natural ingredients and truly tastes sensational. Because it is made with “full fat” almonds (which are loaded with GOOD fat), it has the smooth and creamy texture of real cream cheese. And, because each batch of Kite Hill Cheese is cultured in the traditional way that real cheese is made, it has a subtle tang and a rich depth of flavor that you just don’t get from conventional dairy-free cheese substitutes.

The ingredients in Kite Hill Cheese are clean and simple: Almond milk (water, almonds), salt, enzyme, vinegar, xanthan gum, locust bean gum, guar gum, cultures

Easy Smoked Salmon Appetizer

Herb Spread Recipe for Smoked Salmon Appetizer

If you’re going to make this recipe, you should definitely make a bit extra of the herb spread. It pairs perfectly with a number of things. To date, I’ve added a spoonful to vegetable soup. I’ve whipped it into my eggs before making scrambled eggs for brunch. I’ve smeared it on my open faced roasted vegetable sandwich. And I’ve sent it along with some carrots sticks to school for my sons lunch.

It’s definitely one of those finishing-touch items you’ll appreciate having extra of once the hectic holiday season starts to kick in!

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  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 8 pieces sprouted whole grain bread, such as Canyon Bakehouse Gluten Free
  • Extra virgin olive oil, for brushing the bread
  • 1 container – 10 ounces Kite Hill brand “Cream Cheese Style Spread”
  • 3/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped dill
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 small shallot, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 package – 8 ounces wild smoked salmon
  • Capers, for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and arrange the bread triangles on top. Lightly oil the tops of the triangles with extra virgin olive oil. Toast in the oven for about 8 minutes, or until golden. Remove from the oven and transfer to a serving platter.
  2. In a food processor, add the Kite Hill “Cream Cheese Style Spread”, parsley, dill, garlic, shallots and lemon juice. Process until smooth and creamy.
  3. Smear the herb-spread on the toasted bread triangles, top with smoked salmon and garnish with capers. Serve at room temperature.

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Bower, CK, et al. “Stabilizing oils from smoked pink salmon (oncorhynchus gorbuscha).” J Food Sci.  2009 Apr;74(3):C248-57.


Ivy Larson

In 2010, Clean Cuisine was launched because Ivy Larson wanted to share her anti-inflammatory lifestyle and delicious recipes using ingredients in their most natural and nutrient-rich state. In 2020, Ivy passed the website to Aimee and Madison. Since then, they have been adding new recipes and nutrition posts while updating old recipes and articles. Thanks for visiting Clean Cuisine!

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Warren Riley

Friday 18th of March 2016

Smoked Salmon is great. This appetizer looks very tasty. I must try it!

Ivy Larson

Tuesday 5th of April 2016

Thank you Warren =)

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