This smoked salmon platter requires little effort but the spread makes a big impression. Served with all the fixings--capers, hard-boiled eggs, cucumber and more--a smoked salmon platter is the ultimate make-ahead appetizer. Lay out everything listed in the ingredients below or just a few of the elements along with an assortment of crackers, cocktail bread and/or sliced baguette.

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Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2013


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  • Bring about 1 inch of water to a boil in a large saucepan fitted with a steamer basket. Add potatoes, cover and steam until just tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Spread on a plate or clean cutting board in a single layer until cool.

  • Arrange salmon, the potatoes, onion, cucumber, radishes, tomatoes, eggs, roe, capers and lemon wedges on a platter (or platters). Sprinkle with chopped dill and pepper. Garnish with fresh dill sprigs, if desired.


Make Ahead Tip: Steam potatoes and let stand at room temperature for up to 3 hours; assemble platter(s) and let stand at room temperature for up to 2 hours.

Wild-caught salmon from the Pacific (Alaska and Washington) is considered the best choice for the environment because it is more sustainably fished and has a more stable population. Farmed salmon, including Atlantic, should be avoided, as it endangers the wild salmon population.

To hard-boil eggs: Place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and cook at the barest simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, pour out hot water and cover the eggs with ice-cold water. Let stand until cool enough to handle before peeling.

Nutrition Facts

98.2 calories; protein 9g 18% DV; carbohydrates 7.4g 2% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 1g 4% DV; sugars 1.3g; fat 3.6g 6% DV; saturated fat 0.9g 5% DV; cholesterol 88.3mg 29% DV; vitamin a iu 229.2IU 5% DV; vitamin c 6.3mg 10% DV; folate 20.1mcg 5% DV; calcium 36.9mg 4% DV; iron 1.4mg 8% DV; magnesium 34.8mg 12% DV; potassium 249.1mg 7% DV; sodium 306.2mg 12% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 6% DV.

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I've prepared smoked salmon platters in the past and was just looking to take it up a notch. No mention of how to prepare dill sauce and/or creme frache for spread. Recipe is woefully lacking. Read More
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THIS IS THE DISH OF DISHES Make sure to use all of the ingredients and don't forget the caviar Pros: Everything You Have Ever wanted Cons: NO ons Read More