Smoked Salmon Cucumber Canapes

Weekend recipe: Smoked Salmon Cucumber Canapes

Nikki Parkinson Food and Wine, Life 21 Comments

With Melbourne Cup done and dusted there is only one thing left to do this weekend … herald in the unofficial start of the Christmas party season.

I don’t know about you but November is the new December when it comes to Christmas parties. I put it down to people wanting to get in “early” for an end-of-year catch up.

That’s fine by me. Two of my favourite food groups are champagne and canapes. Add in chocolate and it’s a perfect night out … or in.

I’ve got a few canape recipes up my sleeve that I’ll share with you over the coming weeks. These are tried and true, simple things I whip up when I’m completely over the chips and dip scenario.

They’re also on the healthy side, which in my mind balances out the champers. What do you think?

Today’s is one of my favourites – Smoked Salmon Cucumber Canapes.  I’ve been making these for about 13 years so can’t remember where I first got the inspiration and what they were actually called that in the first place. As long as you’ve got a pack of smoked salmon and a cucumber on hand, you’re just about set.

Smoked Salmon Cucumber Canapes


  • 1 Continental cucumber
  • 200g smoked salmon
  • 2 tbsp baby capers
  • Juice of one lime
  • Olive oil, to drizzle
  • Cracked black pepper
  • Sea salt


  1. Cut cucumber in .5cm widths. Place on serving plate.
  2. Cut smoked salmon in strips and twist around to sit on each cucumber circle.
  3. Top with two or three baby capers.
  4. Squeeze lime juice over plate of canapés. Drizzle with olive oil. Grind pepper and salt on top.

Do you love canapes? Any particular faves?

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  • Janine

    Oh Nikki – I love your correct interpretation of food groups. Champagne, canapés and chocolate. Inspiring!

  • Sonya

    One of my favourites is creamed cheese (eg philly cheese) with horseradish cream and chives mixed in, cut salmon into slices about 3cm wide, put a dollop of the cheese in the middle and roll them up, stand them on end and sprinkle with more of the chives – always a hit with guests over drinks. Found the recipe in a magazine years ago.

    • Yum!! Sometimes I’ve varied the above by adding cream cheese and horseradish sandwiched between the cucumber and salmon.

  • Tracey

    I do love canapes, and actually smoked salmon ones are my favourite! I’ll be trying these for sure! Thanks Nikki 🙂

  • I’m trying to clean up my diet before Xmas, off sugar completely and minimal grains (I avoid wheat anyway), these would be perfect, PLUS they look good, PLUS they are easy – tick, tick, tickety tick!! (to paraphrase someone very wise!)

    • Hee hee … yes, that’s pretty much my full-time diet (with a little wine and homemade chocolate on the side for cheating!) You’ll love them!

  • Denise

    I think I will be adding this to my Chrissie lunch menu!! Might even have to give them a try this weekend. It will be 26 in Melbourne on Sunday!!!!

  • This is so going on the with drinks list for sure, yummo.

    • I like to make up a little plate of my own just for later … they go too quickly!

  • yum going to do these at Christmas! I love easy but look fancy!!

  • These look delish! Such a great alternative to crackers and lashings of cream cheese (not that there’s anything wrong with that)!

  • Sue Burns

    These look wonderful! Definitely going to try them. Currently on a diet and these are two of the foods allowed at present! 🙂

    • They’re great for that Sue – and you can just go with a squeeze of lemon or lime juice if you wanted to skip the oil. x

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    Nikki ,these are super easy,look pretty and healthy and so you can fit in more champers and chocolate,very nice indeed,Thank you for sharing,have a lovely weekend x