Creamy Salmon and Cucumber Bites on a platter
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Brunch Appetizer Recipe for Quick and Elegant Easy Salmon

This brunch appetizer recipe makes a beautiful platter of elegant and impressive Creamy Salmon and Cucumber Bites.

When you are hosting a brunch, you want to make sure that your guests are impressed from the start. What could be better than an elegant finger food appetizer?

This recipe is simple but looks and tastes amazing. You can make it ahead of time, so it is perfect for busy hosts, and it will add a touch of elegance to any brunch menu.

Beautiful Brunch Ideas

A brunch can be a casual affair, or it can be more elegant. It all depends on your style and the type of brunch you are hosting.

You can host a brunch for a baby or bridal shower. Brunches are also perfect for celebrating a friend’s birthday or anniversary.

Hosting a brunch is a great way to celebrate! Have everyone over on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Make it early – like one o’clock. This gives you some preparation time in the morning and enough time after the meal to clean up.

You want to start the brunch with a little nosh to ease your guests’ hunger, but not make them full. This easy brunch appetizer recipe will do the trick. It is actually quite simple but also very impressive to serve.

Finger food is always a hit, and this recipe is sure to impress your guests at the start of your brunch.

Champagne with brunch is delicious

Make-Ahead Individual Brunch Appetizer Recipe

This brunch appetizer recipe can absolutely be made ahead of time! You can do the majority of the preparation up to three days in advance.

All you need to do is prepare the ingredients for the creamy salmon and put the mixture in a sealed container. Then, just pop it in the fridge until you are ready to serve. This will free up your time so that you can focus on the rest of your brunch menu.

Wait until at least the day before your brunch to slice your cucumber. You don’t want a gushy base for this finger food. And you know how cucumbers can get after slicing. Wait too long and they get soft and slimy. Ugh.

Elegant Finger Food for a Special Occasion

This quick and easy appetizer is perfect for any special occasion. It is elegant and beautiful, but it is also easy to make. I have included it in a brunch menu idea, but you can use this to begin any gathering.

It really will elevate any occasion. Especially if you serve it with bubbles which pairs perfectly with creamy salmon.

And since you can prepare it ahead of time it is the perfect appetizer dish for busy hosts. Guests will love this delicious finger food, and it will add a touch of elegance to your brunch, lunch, and dinner menu.

Group Finger Food for Brunch Idea

Can I Make this Finger Food for a Large Party?

Absolutely! You can easily double or even triple this brunch appetizer recipe for a large party.  You can still make the creamy salmon in advance and keep it in the refrigerator.

On the day of your party, you can prepare all of the Creamy Salmon and Cucumber Bites and keep them in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve them.

What are the Ingredients in Creamy Salmon and Cucumber Bites?

Ingredients for creamy salmon appetizer

Everything you need for this recipe can be picked up at your local grocery store or purchased online.

  • Cream Cheese
  • Canned Salmon
  • Sour Cream
  • Mayonnaise
  • Lemon Juice
  • Cilantro, fresh leaves
  • Fresh Chives
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Cayenne – Just a tiny bit. This is not a spicy dish!
  • Kosher salt
  • English Cucumber
  • Fresh Dill for the garnish

How to Make this Elegant Appetizer Finger Food

  • You can use a hand mixer or a stand mixer. For this recipe I think the hand mixer is quicker with less clean up.
  • Beat the cream cheese in a small bowl until soft and very creamy.
  • Add the salmon, sour cream mayonnaise, lemon juice, cilantro, chives, thyme, cayenne, and a ¼ tsp Kosher salt. Beat on medium-low until combined.
  • Slice your cucumber on the diagonal in thick slices.
  • When you are ready to serve, dollop a rounded teaspoon of the salmon mixture on each cucumber slice and place on a platter. Garnish with a shred of dill.
Close up of Creamy Salmon on Cucumber slices

Is Salmon Healthy for You?

If you are following the Mediterranean Diet, it recommends eating fish and seafood at least twice a week. This appetizer is an easy way to increase your fish consumption, even though one serving of this brunch appetizer recipe is not considered a complete serving of fish.

The FDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends we eat fish as part of a healthy eating pattern. The FDA states adults should eat at least 8 ounces of seafood per week based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding consume between 8 and 12 ounces per week of a variety of seafood from choices that are lower in mercury.

Salmon falls into the category of “Best Choices” especially concerning mercury levels.

Use easy canned salmon for this brunch appetizer recipe

Is a Can of Salmon Healthy?

This is a question that many people have. The answer to this question is yes, a can of salmon can be healthy. It is also an easy and affordable option that takes cooking out of the time required for this brunch appetizer recipe. And it still delivers the same delicious flavors as well as the nutritional value of fresh salmon.

Salmon is a great source of protein and omega-three fatty acids. It also contains some B vitamins and minerals such as potassium, magnesium, and selenium. Salmon is also low in saturated fat. All of these nutrients make salmon a healthy choice.

However, not all salmon are created equal. The healthiest kind of salmon is wild-caught Alaskan salmon. This type of salmon is low in contaminants and contains the most nutrients. Farmed salmon is also healthy, but it can be higher in contaminants and omega-six fatty acids than wild-caught salmon.

Not sure which brand to buy? The Manual has a breakdown of what they report are the 11 Best Canned Salmon Brands to purchase. Maybe it will point you in the right direction.

Basically, yes, canned salmon can be healthy, but it is important to choose the right kind of salmon. I use wild-caught Alaskan salmon in the majority of my recipes as it is the healthiest option and is a great choice for this healthy brunch appetizer.

Salmon Appetizer Ingredient Substitutions

Although these are small bites, you can lower the calories in this brunch appetizer recipe.

Substitute lower-fat cream cheese in place of full-fat cream cheese. Just don’t use fat-free or the texture will be really different.

You can also substitute light mayonnaise and light sour cream for the regular versions. Just be careful of the added sugar in some brands.

If you don’t favor cilantro, you can leave it out of this brunch appetizer recipe altogether.

Not a fan of Salmon? Replace it with canned tuna. It still tastes pretty good, but it does not look as elegant.

Love Smoked Salmon? Go ahead and use it in place of the regular salmon. It will pack a much bigger flavor, but won’t be quite as delicate an appetizer. I would leave out the dill garnish if you use Smoked Salmon as well.

If you cannot find or don’t want to use English Cucumbers you can replace this with toasted baguette slices.  It will increase the calories and carbs in the dish, but it will do in a pinch.

a Group of friends enjoying brunch appetizer recipes

Wine Recommendations

Sparkling, baby, sparkling! Grab your bubbles and pour away as it is perfect with this dish!

If you need a little help choosing, read up on the delicious decadence of Sparkling Wine as the Ultimate Celebration Libation.

And if you want to explore Sparkling Wines in the United States you can get some inside info by reading all about American Sparkling Wines.

Another great pairing with this appetizer is a sparkling Rosé like this Rosé Sekt by Schloss Biebrich in Germany. It has good body and structure to stand up with food, bubbles to be celebratory, and the price tag is really easy on the wallet.

Invite Friends Over and Enjoy this Easy Salmon Appetizer

If you’re looking for a brunch appetizer recipe that will wow your guests, this one is perfect! It’s simple to make and it looks beautiful. The Creamy Salmon and Cucumber Bites are sure to be the talk of any brunch party.

Hosting can be tough sometimes but with this easy-to-make appetizer on the menu, all of your friends will think you’re an amazing hostess (even if they don’t know how much effort goes into making food).

Want more recipes like these? You should check out our other menus and recipes!

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Close up of Creamy Salmon on Cucumber slices

Creamy Salmon and Cucumber Bites

Delicious Creamy Salmon on Cucumber for an elegant appetizer.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 38 kcal


  • 1 block 8-ounces cream cheese
  • 7- ounce canned salmon drained
  • 1 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp cilantro leaves finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh chives finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves finely chopped
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 English cucumbers thickly sliced on the diagonal
  • 1 Tbsp fresh dill shredded


  • Using a hand mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese in a small bowl until soft and very creamy. Add the salmon, sour cream mayonnaise, lemon juice, cilantro, chives, thyme, cayenne, and a ¼ tsp Kosher salt. Beat for 1 minute on medium-low until combined.
  • Place a rounded teaspoon of the salmon mixture on each cucumber slice and top with a shred of dill.


You can prepare the salmon mixture up to two days in advance and refrigerate in a sealed container.  Slice the cucumber up to one day before you intend to assemble and serve.
Keyword brunch

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  • Sue Pe

    Looks great! I’ve been looking for an app recipe that uses (almost) pantry ingredients and can be made ahead. Can’t wait to try this.

  • Roxanne Justiz

    5 stars
    I’m surely going to use this for my next brunch with friends. I’m also on a keto diet and this works great as well. It looks elegant and is simple to make. Unique ideas that you have here! Thanks for sharing this little gem. Shalom

    • txredhead1836

      It impresses my guests no matter what diet they are following. They appreciate that it looks elegant and is incredibly flavorful, but is not heavy or overly filling. Let me know how it goes! Thanks for stopping by. Cheers! Rani

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