Slices of salmon topped with cream cheese and smoked salmon
Photography, Alison Bickel

Smoked Salmon and Cucumber Bites

These easy canapés are finished in 10 minutes.

Shelley Darlington, the personal trainer and nutritionist behind the YouTube channel Strong Curves, shares this carb-conscious appetizer recipe in her new book The Strong Curves Cookbook: 100+ High-Protein, Low-Carb Recipes to Help You Lose Weight, Build Muscle, and Get Strong.These refreshingly light canapés feature smoked salmon, dill and cream cheese for a perfect pre-workout snack or as an appetizer that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser,” Darlington writes.

Slices of salmon topped with cream cheese and smoked salmon

Smoked Salmon and Cucumber Bites

Shelley Darlington's recipe for easy canapés with cucumber, dill cream cheese and smoked salmon.
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Hors d'oeuvres
Servings 5 (10 bites)
Calories 85 kcal


  • 2 tbsp dairy-free cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 10 slices cucumber about ¼-inch (6 mm) thick
  • ½ lb (225 g) smoked salmon


  • In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese, dill and lemon juice until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Lay out the cucumber slices on a platter or serving dish. Top each cucumber slice with a small dollop of the cream cheese mixture. Fold a slice of smoked salmon into a small roll and place it on top of the cream cheese mixture. Garnish each canapé with a small sprig of fresh dill.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to use.


  • For a creamier texture, you can also blend the cream cheese mixture
    along with the salmon in a food processor or blender until smooth.
  • You can also substitute cooked salmon or other types of smoked fish,
    such as trout or mackerel, for the smoked salmon.

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