Smoked Salmon Appetizer Recipe

Smoked Salmon Appetizer Recipe
Staff Writer

An easy-to-assemble appetizer that is wonderful served both at evening cocktail parties, or for mid-day feasts. You can make the dressing in advance to save time the day of your event.


  • 1 cup crème fraîche or sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Thin pumpernickel bread slices, for serving
  • Smoked salmon, thinly sliced
  • Salmon caviar, optional


To make the dressing, whisk all ingredients together. To assemble, slather dressing on toasted pumpernickel bread thins, top with sliced smoked salmon, and garnish with salmon caviar, if desired.

Smoked Salmon Shopping Tip

Stocking up on no-cook items like cheese, nuts, olives, crackers, and dips will cut down on prep time and help ensure you have enough food for any unexpected guests.

Smoked Salmon Cooking Tip

When preparing appetizers try to avoid repetition of similar foods and flavors - aim for variety in textures, colors, and cooking methods.

Smoked Salmon Wine Pairing

Pinot gris/grigio, sauvignon blanc, sémillon, albariño, or rosé with most cooked salmon dishes; pinot noir with salmon in red wine or other strong sauce; grüner veltliner, rosé, or vintage or non-vintage champagne or sparkling wine with smoked salmon.