Smoked Salmon Appetizer Bites, Gluten Free And Low Carb

Smoked Salmon Appetizer Bites, gluten free and low carb, are much healthier than a lot of appetizers you see at cocktail parties. Crisp cucumbers slices are topped with a smear of Boursin garlic & fine herbs cheese, smoked salmon, capers and red onions and they are delicious.

You will love these smoked salmon appetizer bites because they can be put together in a matter of minutes and your guests won’t feel guilty eating more than one of these elegant little appetizers. They are so easy that you don’t really need a recipe.

smoked salmon appetizer

Gluten Free And Low Carb Smoked Salmon Appetizer Bites

A recipe is a list of ingredients and step by step directions on how to use them to recreate a dish that I have already made. When something is so easy that all it takes is to slice a couple of ingredients and then assemble them, is it a recipe? I don’t know but I still thought I would share how I made the smoked salmon appetizer bites…they are so good.

Smoked Salmon Appetizer Bites

  • 1 English (hot house) cucumber, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 package of a soft cream cheese such as Boursin Garlic & Fine Herbs Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped chives (optional)
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp. of capers, drained
  • smoked salmon slices, cut into bite size pieces, (I used part of a 4 oz. pkg. of Spruce Point Gravlaxstyle salmon by Ducktrap River of Maine)*
  • red onion, sliced into small slivers

Cut the cucumbers crosswise into slices about 1/4 inch thick. Add the chopped chives to the cheese and mix. Spread each slice with some of the cheese mixture and press a couple of capers on top. Add a piece of smoked salmon, then garnish with a couple of slivers of red onion.

*My husband and I used to have a home in Maine and we first discovered this salmon when we vacationed in the Mid Coast Region of Maine visiting towns such as Rockland, Rockport, and Camden. I’ve not been compensated in anyway mentioning this salmon from Ducktrap River of Maine. My husband thinks all their smoked salmon products have the best flavor and texture and I thought I’d pass it along.


I took the salmon appetizer bites to a friend’s home along with mini avocado toasts with lobster salad. The appetizers were easy to prepare as well as easy to transport which I find important when you are asked to bring an appetizer to someone else’s home. Both were light yet flavorful and went well with cocktails before our hostess served dinner.

Add the Smoked Salmon Appetizer Bites to your list of quick and easy appetizers as they are perfect when you want to have an impromptu, fun cocktail party. I’m confident that you will make your guests fill special when they see what you are serving them and you will  have not spent hours in your kitchen preparing for the party.

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39 Responses to Smoked Salmon Appetizer Bites, Gluten Free And Low Carb

  1. These are gorgeous. Perfect light appetiser.

  2. I would double or tripe the portion and make them as the main 🙂 Very yummy!

  3. Lea Ann says:

    I love everything about these appetizer bites. Especially that Bousin. 🙂

  4. I love to serve smoked salmon. Thank you for some new ideas.

  5. kitchenriffs says:

    Such a great dish! I’ve made something really similar in the past, and it’s always a hit. Haven’t used Boursin, though — gotta try that. Really nice — thanks.

  6. lifeincharente says:

    Excellent.. Will catch up when more time a bit chaotic here at present, Cheers Diane

  7. Carolyn Jung says:

    This is one of those noshes that looks so elegant yet is so easy to make. I think any guest would be thrilled to be greeted with this at a party.

  8. Great idea to serve over a low carb cucumber instead of a bagel. Great finger food.

  9. Love such tasty nibbles. 🙂

  10. Penny says:

    My husband is on the Keto diet, so I know he will love these. Thanks Karen.

  11. Mad Dog says:

    I love salmon and Boursin, so I’m sure it tastes delicious with cucumber. You’ll need some Pimm’s to go with it!

  12. Cocoa & Lavender says:

    Lovely idea, Karen! I’ll try this using shallot Boursin!

  13. Yum! These would also be great around the holidays.

  14. Delicious idea, Karen. Who doesn’t love smoked salmon? 😃

  15. lulu says:

    I am adding these to the appetizer table at a party I’m planning for the Camden Yacht Club. I love “cooking” with you!

  16. Gallivanta says:

    They sound perfect. Something for me to try when cucumbers are back in season.

  17. Conor Bofin says:

    A lovely combination Karen.

  18. plumdirt says:

    I just read this to my husband and he replied: 10 out of 10 would eat.

  19. I love these appetizers, look stunning and delicious Karen! xo

  20. cookingontheweekends says:

    Absolutely a recipe! I love Boursin, and we almost always have it in the refrigerator. And it’s so perfect with smoked salmon. I’m in! 🙂 ~Valentina

  21. They look very pretty and I have no doubt they will be delicious too. 👍

  22. This sounds delicious, easy and fabulous! I might take these to my next “bring a dish to pass” gathering and sign up for appetizer! (our recipes are always terrific!)

  23. I love smoked salmon so I’m sure these have my name on them somewhere.

  24. chef mimi says:

    Beautiful and yummy!

  25. I would love to see these at a party! Cucumber slices make perfect vehicles, and the capers add great flavor.

  26. marymtf says:

    That’s a lovely idea, Karen.

  27. Sissi says:

    These beautiful canapés would be so precious at a cocktail party! People always look for light options, but apart from the vegetable sticks and dips (which I like a lot too!), they are rare from my experience.

  28. sherry says:

    i love smoked salmon! the best i ever ate was in scotland. they really know how to do it:-) these cute bites look delightful. Cucumber is so refreshing too. cheers sherry

  29. Juliana says:

    I love the idea of low carb…this way I can even more of it…thanks for the recipe Karen.
    Have a wonderful rest of the week!

  30. One of my all time favorites is smoked salmon on rye with cream cheese, capers and smoked salmon. Love the idea of these carb free bites with all the flavor!

  31. Sobia says:

    Such and easy and fun idea! Good share!

  32. Eva Taylor says:

    Some of the most simplest things are the best and you really nailed it with these gorgeous bites. We are almost panicking as the temperatures drop at night with the certainty of winter in the not too distant future, these are perfect little bites will help us push patio season.

  33. I have not had smoked salmon much, and I have never had them on cucumbers. These appetizer bites look delicious! Boursin cheese is my favorite cheese spread, so there will be a liberal amount on my bites 🙂

  34. Fresh cucumber. How clever! 💖 I would like to sing your praises -again- and nominate you for the “CREATIVE BLOGGER AWARD” see ‘you’ at
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  35. I Wilkerson says:

    This is a super idea! The cucumbers will make it lower in calories AND use up cucumbers which I have in abundance now!

  36. Love these Bites Karen! And yes, I think it’s always a recipe even if we don’t actually cook anything. Hope you had a great summer! xo

  37. Cathy says:

    This is my idea of the perfect appetizer!

  38. Wonderful appetizer, Karen. Thanks for the idea. I love smoked salmon and I know that my friends do too. 😃

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