Appetizers

May 3, 2022

Easy Smoked Salmon Dip for the Holidays

Easy Smoked Salmon Dip for the Holidays

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Honey Smoked Fish. All opinions are 100% my own.

With this delicious dip made with high-quality smoked salmon, your holiday celebrations and football season are about to get easier. It is easy, quick, tasty, and healthy! The perfect snack to welcome guests home without all the hustle.

Smoked salmon dips are a guest-loved appetizer at any holiday party, and no wonder they are creamy, they taste amazing, and their texture is always to die for. You can enjoy it during your gatherings and use it as a spread over gluten-free or paleo bagels when the party is over. Store it in an airtight container and transfer it to the refrigerator when your guests are gone.

Why you will LOVE this salmon dip?

Besides being a great meal prep option for breakfast during the week, I love this smoked salmon dip because it contains protein, good fats, fiber, and great flavor.

The smoked salmon contains a high protein content and has plenty of nutrients, vitamins, and omega-3 oils. It is rich in B vitamins which help us process the foods we eat into energy.

Honey Smoked Salmon, the fish I am using for this recipe, is an excellent source of Omega-3, which may help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of hypertension and coronary heart disease. It also offers you Vitamin-A, D, B6, niacin, riboflavin, calcium, iron, and zinc, which makes this salmon dip a nutritious option.

In summary, salmon has a high concentration of Omega-3 fatty acids, which might help reduce cholesterol and lower the risk of heart disease; I recommend enjoying your smoked salmon occasionally and pairing it with whole foods and vegetables to make it extra nourishing.

Smoked Salmon Dip Ingredients

Traditional salmon dips are made with cream cheese or sour cream in a food processor. People add salt and pepper to mix all ingredients well and serve with crudités and crackers. For this  healthier smoked salmon dip, I ditched the cream cheese sour and limited  the number of ingredients making sure it is packed with plenty of flavors.

This smoked salmon dip is a simple mix of greek yogurt, smoked salmon, fresh herbs, and lemon juice. It does not include cream cheese, and greek yogurt is in the mix to keep the creamy and smooth texture of the traditional recipe.

The dip can be paired with your favorite gluten-free crackers, grapes, crudities, etc. For this recipe, you do not need a food processor, which saves you the extra cleaning afterward.

Now let's talk about the details that make this smoked salmon dip healthier and better than the traditional ones.

How to make a smoked salmon dip?

The additional fresh flavors in this dip include lime juice, onions, celery, cilantro, and good-quality smoked salmon. You can also enhance the flavors by adding chopped dill and chives. Below is the ingredient list, including everything you need to make this smoked salmon dip recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Greek yogurt
  • Dijon mustard
  • Lime juice
  • Sea salt (optional)
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Shredded honey-smoked salmon.
  • Green onions,
  • Red onions, diced
  • Celery, diced
  • Sesame seeds (Optional)
  • Sprouts (Optional)
  • Gluten-free crackers

This is a low-carb smoked salmon dip

If you are here, you probably prefer to stick to gut-friendly recipes, and as the holidays and football season approach, it can be hard to stick to that commitment. This recipe is a great way to celebrate without guilt, and although this recipe was photographed with  several types of snacks, you can pair it with any raw vegetables you like, such as cucumber slices and any paleo or grain-free chips.

Another significant part of this recipe is that it is made with greek yogurt instead of cream cheese, which in other words, makes it a lower cholesterol and sodium option in comparison to its counterpart that includes a cream cheese mixture.

What other uses do you give hot smoked salmon?

I mostly use my creamy smoked salmon dip to spread over bagels at brunch. I also make the smoked salmon dip for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and spread it over crostini with veggies or enjoy it for as long as I can during breakfast the week of.

Holiday Spread with crackers, fruits and a salmon dip
Holiday spread with Honey Smoked Fish CO as the main ingredient

Recipe FAQs

What crackers do you use for salmon dips?

I  like crackers that are paleo or gluten-free friendly; I generally stay away from refined flour when it comes to snacks, and I like to offer my guests the same. You are welcome to experiment with any crackers you might like. Make sure you stay on the savory side, though.

Tell me about the taste of smoked salmon.

Hot smoked salmon always has that smoky smell and flavor. It is salty but not overwhelmingly; I recommend limiting or skipping the salt you would add to the smoked salmon spread during the preparation time. Get creative with  herbs like chopped fresh dill and lemon juice to enhance the salmon dip if needed.

What else do you serve the recipe with?

The recipe also goes well with crostini, cucumber slices, and raw vegetables like celery or carrots. As garnishing goes, you can use  herbs such as fresh dill and add capers to impress your guests.

What can I do with the leftovers?

Take your dip and make it into a nutritious open-face sandwich with sliced onions, leafy greens, tomatoes, gluten-free bread, or bagels for a fantastic breakfast or lunch.

A holiday spread composed of a smoked salmon dip, fruits and crackers
Smoked salmon dip holiday spread

To check out all the recipe details, review the card below and print it to make the process easier for you. Also, let me know if you made this recipe and how you liked it in the comment section below.

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If you are a salmon fan, you might want to check out my Meal prep smoked salmon salad with a creamy avocado dressing. It is an excellent recipe to have in hand for busy work weeks and even gatherings.

Easy Smoked Salmon Dip for the Holidays

With this delicious dip made with high-quality smoked salmon, your holiday celebrations and football season are about to get easier. It is easy, quick, tasty, and healthy! The perfect snack to welcome guests home without all the hustle.

Prep:
10
min
cook:
5
min
total:
15
min
Author:

Caro

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt
  • One tablespoon of Dijon mustard
  • Two tablespoons of lime
  • 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt (optional)
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • One cup of shredded honey-smoked salmon.
  • One tablespoon of green onions,
  • One tablespoon of red onions, diced
  • One tablespoon of celery, diced
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sprouts
  • One package of your favorite gluten-free crackers
Instructions
  1. Use a fork to shred the salmon into small chunks.
  2. Chop all the other ingredients and transfer to a bowl
  3. Mix and spread over the crackers.
  4. Top with sprouts, red onions, sesame seeds, or fresh cilantro.
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Anthony Deane
June 19, 2021
I had jo expecTations for this, except Keep an open mind. This wIll now be staple of fall. It was so, so good. I may experiment next time and add smoked gouda cheese, YUM!!!