Smoky, tangy and easy to prep, these smoked salmon roll ups are an easy party appetizer. Low carb, gluten-free, and ready in minutes.
While I love a good fried appetizer, sometimes it's nice to serve some lighter options as well. Our favorite lighter appetizers include these grilled caprese zucchini roll-ups, bruschetta and goat cheese stuffed mushroom caps, and smoked salmon roll ups.
With just three ingredients, these smoked salmon roll ups are the definition of simple. I think you're going to love them!
Reasons you'll ♡ smoked salmon roll ups:
- they are smoky, tangy, creamy and crunchy
- they are low carb, light and fresh
- they are simple and easy to prep
- Cucumber- I've used long English, but you can use your favorite type. You will need 6-inch strips so be sure to avoid small cucumbers
- Cream Cheese- use plain or get creative with different flavors. Make sure to bring the cream cheese to room temperature to make it easier to spread
- Smoked Salmon- cut it into strips that will fit the width of the cucumber strips.
How to make cucumber strips
To get your cucumbers to roll up easily, you'll need to slice the cucumbers very thin. You can do this in one of two ways.
Use a mandoline- a mandoline is a great tool to make thin slices of cucumber quickly, but make sure you use the handguard or a safety glove to avoid slicing your hand.
Use a vegetable peeler- a little slower and slightly tricky to get long slices, but it does the job. Placing the cucumber on a secure surface and applying pressure along the length as you make the peels will help get longer, more sturdy strips.
Blot the cucumbers
As cucumbers are naturally full of water, it can be tricky to get the cream cheese to stick to them. Blot the cucumbers with a paper towel to remove extra moisture before spreading to make this process a lot easier.
Secure with a toothpick
You'll need to secure your smoked salmon roll ups with toothpicks to prevent them from unrolling. Arrange them in a plate with the toothpicks pointing up to make it easy for your guests to grab a roll-up!
- Fresh herbs- consider wrapping up some fresh dill, basil or chervil in your roll-ups
- Salmon alternative- strips of ham or turkey could also be tasty wrapped up in these roll-ups
- Cream cheese alternative- cashew-based dips could be a great dairy-free alternative; make sure you use something thick that will stick to the cucumber and not slide off
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- Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
- Strawberry Balsamic Bites with Feta and Basil
- Strawberry Spinach Spring Rolls
- Sweet Potato Crostinis with Roasted Cranberries
- Crispy Parmesan Baked Green Bean Fries
- 10 Minute English Muffin Pizza Recipe
- Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries
- Foolproof Crispy Baked Kale Chips (+ 4 flavors)
Smoked Salmon Roll ups
- 1 long English cucumber cut in two and ends removed.
- ½ cup cream cheese softened
- ½ cup smoked salmon cut into strips
- Using a vegetable peeler, peel the cucumber into 6-inch (approximately) strips.
- Blot the cucumber strips gently with a paper towel to absorb excess moisture.
- Gently spread about 1-2 teaspoons of cream cheese along the length of the cucumber.
- Press a strip of smoked salmon on top of the cream cheese, then roll the cucumber up as tightly as possible.
- Secure with a toothpick, if they don't say rolled up on their own.
- Fresh herbs– consider wrapping up some fresh dill, basil or chervil in your roll-ups
- Salmon alternative– strips of ham or turkey could also be tasty wrapped up in these roll-ups
- Cream cheese alternative– cashew-based dips could be a great dairy-free alternative; make sure you use something thick that will stick to the cucumber and not slide off