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Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Dip

Here's an easy recipe for a homemade Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Dip that only takes minutes to prepare and is sure to impress your guests.

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Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Dip served with vegetables, pumpernickel bread, and bagel crisps

The combination of smoked salmon, cream cheese, fresh dill and green onions makes this Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Dip super flavourful. This creamy appetizer is a real crowd-pleaser and so delicious that your guests will happily nibble away on this dip all evening long.

This easy recipe makes two cups of dip so this is a great appetizer for entertaining larger groups. And since it can be prepared ahead of time, it's a great dish for taking to pot luck gatherings.

A Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Dip served with veggies, bread and bagel crackers.

How to Make Smoked Salmon Dip

Because we lead such busy lives, it can be tempting to purchase pre-made dips to make things easier on us, but taking the time to make this smoked salmon dip at home will assure you a much fresher and better tasting dip.

This dip only takes a few minutes to make. Though it can be made in your blender or food processor, I prefer using my food processor for this dip.

Ingredients Overview:

  • Cream cheese,  regular or light will work.
  • Sour cream, can substitute mayonnaise (regular or light).
  • Smoked salmon 
  • Green onions 
  • Fresh dill 
  • Lemon juice
  • Cayenne pepper

Steps Overview:

To make the dip, start by washing and chopping the green onion and fresh dill. Reserve a bit of the dill and smoked salmon to mix in by hand and top the dip with.

Add the cream cheese, smoked salmon, sour cream, green onions, dill, lemon juice and cayenne pepper to the bowl of your food processor and process until smooth. Taste the dip and adjust seasoning to taste.

Transfer the dip into a serving bowl, add some of the reserved smoked salmon, stir it in and then add the remainder to the top of the bowl with a sprinkling of fresh dill. If not serving right away refrigerate dip until ready to serve.

Close-up of a Smoked Salmon Dip served with fresh vegetables, bagel crisps and pumpernickel bread.

How to Serve

You can serve this smoked salmon dip with a variety of crudités and breads. My favourite fresh vegetables to serve it with are Belgian endive spears, carrots and celery sticks, green beans or asparagus spears.

For the bread, I like to use cubed pumpernickel or rye bread. I also like serving this dip with bagel chips, if you don't have any, crackers will also work.

Top view of a bowl of Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Dip served with vegetables, pumpernickel bread and crackers.

If you need to make it ahead of time, it can be made up to a day before you plan on serving it, just cover it well and store it in the refrigerator.

Enjoy!

More Appetizers for Large Crowds

Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Dip served with vegetables, pumpernickel bread, and bagel crisps

Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Dip

Adapted from Canadian Living
A recipe for a dip that only takes minutes to prepare. The combination of smoked salmon, cream cheese, fresh dill and green onions gives this Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Dip amazing flavour.
4.5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 10 People
Calories 114 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 250 grams cream cheese Regular or light, cut into smaller pieces
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream or mayonnaise regular or light
  • 150 grams smoked salmon chopped into smaller pieces
  • 1/4 cup green onions finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional

Instructions
 

  • Before processing ingredients, reserve 2 tablespoons of finely chopped smoked salmon, 1 teaspoon. of fresh dill and 1 teaspoon finely chopped green onions. 
  • In your food processor, add the cream cheese, smoked salmon, sour cream or mayonnaise, green onions, dill, lemon juice and cayenne pepper.  
  • Process your ingredients until the consistency is smooth.
  • Transfer the dip into a bowl and add the reserved smoked salmon, green onions and dill. Stir well, taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  • Chill for a couple of hours and up to 2 days.
  • Serve with crudités and pumpernickel bread, crostini, bagel chips or crackers.

Notes

  1. This dip can be made up to 2 days ahead of serving.
  2. Nutritional information is only for the dip.

Nutrition

Calories: 114kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 4gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 203mgPotassium: 95mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 630IUVitamin C: 4.1mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 0.5mg
Keyword Smoked Salmon, Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Dip, Smoked Salmon Dip
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Lisa Clarke

Monday 27th of January 2020

what if you don't have a blender....uuuuuuuugugugugughhhh!

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Monday 27th of January 2020

Hi Lisa, you can use a food processor and if you don’t have one you could make this by hand. Chop the ingredients finely, set aside. With a good whisk blend the cream cheese and sour cream until well blended. Add the rest of the ingredients and combine with a rubber spatula.

HapaNomNom

Saturday 17th of December 2016

Mmm.... I could eat smoked salmon all day long! And I love how quick and easy this dip is to make! Not only is this great to serve to guests during the holidays, but this is fantastic to nibble on all throughout the year!

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Wednesday 21st of December 2016

That's one thing I love about smoked salmon, it's good anytime of the year!

Myrna

Thursday 15th of December 2016

What a great appetizer for the holidays. Will be giving this a try for sure.

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Wednesday 21st of December 2016

Thank you Myrna, I'm sure you'll love it!

nancyc

Wednesday 14th of December 2016

This dip looks great and you have it so nicely arranged with those veggies and breads!

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Thursday 15th of December 2016

Thanks so much Nancy, I was concerned about arranging the platter nicely, but it was easy with all the colours, shapes and textures of the different veggies and breads!

C. M.

Wednesday 14th of December 2016

This dip looks so delicious, I love smoked salmon appetizers.

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Wednesday 21st of December 2016

Thanks, I'm sure you would love this one as well!

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