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A smoked salmon platter is the perfect appetizer for any occasion! It’s full of fresh whole foods that pair perfectly with each other. You’ve got fresh avocado, bright tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, and an array of toppings like capers, red onions, and everything bagel seasoning to complement the cream cheese and smoked salmon.
If you’ve been looking for an impressive appetizer to serve your guests, look no further than the smoked salmon platter! This elegant dish is easy to prepare and can be customized to include your favorite accompaniments. In this post, I will give you a step-by-step guide on how to make a smoked salmon platter that is sure to impress. I’ll also share some tips on presentation, so your platter looks as good as it tastes!
why you’ll love this smoked salmon with accompaniments
- Versatile. You can serve this appetizer at any time of year, and it is always a hit!
- Customizable. Don’t like one of the toppings listed? Feel free to swap it out for something else that you think would pair well with smoked salmon.
- Healthy. This dish is packed with nutrients from all of the fresh whole foods used to make it.
- Crowd pleaser. Whether you’re hosting a party or taking a dish to a potluck, this smoked salmon platter is always a hit!
Ingredients to make Smoked Salmon Platter
- Smoked salmon: You can purchase smoked salmon pre-sliced or in a whole side. I prefer to buy it packaged and pre-sliced because it’s hard to find good quality smoked salmon locally at my grocery store.
- Cream cheese: I like to use plain cream cheese for this recipe, but you could also use herbed cream cheese if you want something with a little more flavor.
- Assorted accompaniments: In this platter, I’m using boiled eggs, diced avocado, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, lemon, capers, red onion, fresh dill, and everything bagel seasoning.
How to build a smoked salmon platter
- To assemble the platter, use a large serving tray or board to hold the ingredients. Place the red onions, capers, and everything bagel seasoning in three small bowls.
- Place the cream cheese, avocado, cucumber, lemon slices, and cherry tomatoes directly on the board.
- Add the salmon grouped together in three parts of the platter.
- Finish off with the boiled eggs, and crackers. Tear the fresh dill over the ingredients and sprinkle everything seasoning around the ingredients.
Tips for making the best salmon platter presentation
- Spread out the colors. When you’re arranging your smoked salmon platter, be sure to spread out the different colors of the ingredients. This will create a more visually appealing dish.
- Go for nice even cuts. Thin is best when it comes to slicing your veggies and proteins. Long, thin cuts keep everything looking uniform and neat.
- Create height. Add some dimension to your platter by using a variety of toppings that can be arranged in stacks or piles. This will make your platter more interesting to look at and easier to eat!
- Add a garnish. A sprig of fresh dill or a sprinkle of everything bagel seasoning are both perfect ways to add a little extra flavor and visual interest to your platter.
popular substitutions & additions
- Mix up the accompaniments. Cornichons, pickled onions, and roasted red peppers are all great substitutions for the toppings listed in this recipe.
- Add some crunch. Crackers, bagel chips, or crostini would be a great addition to this platter if you’re looking for something to add a little extra crunch.
- Make it vegan. That’s right. You can substitute or add a vegan option in the form of carrot lox. It’s super easy to make and tastes just as delicious as traditional smoked salmon.
how to store smoked salmon platter
This salmon platter is best served fresh, but leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
Frequently asked questions
No, although it may look pink and raw, smoked salmon is actually cooked. The smoking process cures the fish and gives it its pink color.
There is no wrong way to eat smoked salmon! You can enjoy it straight from the package, on a bagel with cream cheese, in a wrap or sandwich, or even diced up and added to salads or pasta dishes.
Smoked salmon will last for up to two weeks when stored properly in the fridge. Be sure to check the expiration date on the package before purchasing.
Whether you’re hosting a party or simply looking for a delicious appetizer to share, this smoked salmon platter is sure to hit the spot! Made with fresh whole foods and customizable to include your favorite toppings, this dish is healthy, flavorful, and guaranteed to please a crowd. So what are you waiting for? Give it a try today.
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Smoked Salmon Platter
- To assemble the platter, use a serving tray or board large enough to hold the ingredients. Place the salmon, cream cheese, eggs, avocado, cucumber, lemon slices and cherry tomatoes directly on the board.
- Place the red onions, capers and everything bagel seasoning in three small bowls. Tear the fresh dill over the ingredients and sprinkle more everything seasoning around the ingredients.
- Serve immediately with toasted bagels and/or crackers.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.