Smoked Salmon Appetizers

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Quick and Easy, 5 Ingredient Smoked Salmon Appetizers with Italian Mascarpone Cheese, Dill and Chives to Knock Your Socks Off!

Smoked Salmon Appetizers

Smoked Salmon Appetizers

The best way to simplify your holiday entertaining is to prepare a tray of appetizers in advance. Things that can be chilled overnight, and ready to set on the table the moment your guests arrive!

One of my favorite things from that antipasto platter are these gluten free, easy salmon appetizers! 

Let me tell you how simple and amazing these little salmon bites are!

Smoked Salmon Appetizers

Because smoked salmon is packed with flavor, needs no salt added and comes pre sliced in a package just ready to be served, my prep time is essentially non existent.

So all I needed to do was to scoop some creamy Mascarpone (Italian cream cheese) on top of each slice of salmon, then sprinkled it with fresh chives and dill and roll them up in bite size rolls.

Freshly cracked black pepper is all these appetizers need as a final touch, and you are all set to entertain like a Boss!

Variation – I’ve also made these with this whipped goat cheese and they were equally delicious.

Smoked Salmon Appetizers

Serving Suggestions:

  • a sprinkling of salty capers
  • fresh crunchy cucumber
  • grilled asparagus
  • caviar & crackers

Smoked Salmon Appetizers

Smoked Salmon Appetizers Images

Note worthy: using wild smoked salmon here makes all the difference in the taste and texture of these appetizers. As I always say, it is the simple things kids, the magic of simplicity and perfection of imperfection. 

Smoked Salmon Appetizers


Smoked Salmon Appetizers Recipe
5 from 10 votes

Smoked Salmon Appetizers

Quick and Easy, 5 Ingredient Smoked Salmon Appetizers with Mascarpone Cheese (Italian cream cheese) Dill and Chives!
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Total Time:10 minutes


  • 1/2 lb smoked salmon wild & sliced
  • 3/4 lb mascarpone cheese
  • 1/3 c chives
  • 1/3 c fresh dill
  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste


  • Spread the slices of smoked salmon on a cookie sheet or cutting board.
  • Spoon a dollop of the mascarpone cheese on top and a sprinkling of chives and dill.
  • Gently roll up each salmon slice to envelop the cheese. Repeat with the remaining salmon and place on a serving tray.
  • Finish with a nice sprinkling of freshly cracked black pepper and garnish with the fresh dill and chives.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8
Author: Florentina

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  1. 5 stars
    I have never made anything with smoked salmon before but I love it! Are these okay to store in the fridge until time to be served or is it better to make them right before serving?

  2. 5 stars
    Thanks Anna, I put cream cheese and capers on the smoked salmon and roll them up and slice them into 1 inch pinwheels. Plate them and top with chopped red onion. They are a huge success! I’ll try your recipe – sounds very good BUT I do like the presentation of the pinwheels.

  3. I love food that included salmon, and lady, these appetisers look outstanding and oh so delicious. Through the Christmas festivities, onto thinking about eats to serve for new years celebrations. Reckon these beauties may feature. 🙂 Hope you and yours are enjoying all the fun, food and festivities of the season. Lotsa love coming at you from down under. 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    This sounds wonderful!! We use our salmon usually to make a breakfast casserole for Christmas morning. The way the grandsons eat we couldn’t serve it like you do — we’d go broke trying to feed them. We will try it your way when it’s just hubby and me.

  5. 5 stars
    Luckily I haven’t had to do Christmas dinner for a few years now. I should have done it last year but ended up being horribly ill. As it was only the two of us, it didn’t matter too much. Getting organised with appetisers like this sounds like a great way to go.

    1. Woohoo, me too ! I just bought 2 Lb of wild smoked salmon and the Mascarpone. I still have herbs in the garden so I’m really stoked to have this ready to go Christmas morning ! xo’s

  6. This is just what I need for Christmas Eve! My mom used to do the “Seven Fishes” meal which we all loved, but now the family is all over the place. When I host, I don’t go to quite that extent, but love to do something with fish/seafood to keep a bit of tradition. These will be perfect for my Christmas Eve gathering! Merry Christmas!

  7. 5 stars
    This is SO my kinda appetizer; I love smoked salmon with just about anything. I especially loving this one as a holiday party appetizer, the colors and flavors are all about celebrating! Great job with this recipe!!!

  8. 5 stars
    WILL DO!
    The SON was complaining I never have APPETIZERS!
    SO, this is perfecto in TWO ways as I’m GLUTEN FREE!!
    Nice to meet YOU……….I am known in the BLOG world as LA CONTESSA!MARRIED A REAL ITALIAN and lived outside FLORENCE or FIRENZE for three wonderful years………miss it daily!Pop over to me and have a good laugh or two!

  9. 5 stars
    I always put too much on myself and then slave away while others are having fun. Let’s agree that in 2016 we’ll be kinder to ourselves.

    Your smoked salmon looks so inviting!

    Merry Christmas to you both and your babies!