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Smoked Salmon Cucumber Canapes

“This is the one appetizer that I'm always asked to bring to parties. It's simple, comes together quick and is always a winner," says Judy Grebetz of Racine, Wisconsin.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    about 3-1/2 dozen


  • 2 medium cucumbers, peeled
  • 4 ounces smoked salmon, flaked
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • Cut cucumbers in half lengthwise; remove and discard seeds. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Spoon into cucumber halves.
  • Wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours or until filling is firm. Cut into 1/2-in. slices.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 6 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 27mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • kdavidson2
    Feb 16, 2012

    I have made this numerous times, but only once the way the recipe says. I found that the filling falls off the cucumber, so I modified it, and I get great reviews each time. Here's what I do: I take a medium cucumber without seeds and finely dice it. I add that in with the salmon mixture, although I double the salmon, capers, dijon, pepper and add another Tbsp of lemon, plus 1/2 of a small onion (can change all these amounts to suit taste and to account for the addition of the cucumber added into the mix). After the mixture marinates for a few hours, I serve it scooped into endive boats, or into hollowed out cherry tomatoes, or with celery sticks, or on cucumber slices, but any vegggie-type delivery means may work depending on your tastes. Both dieters and non-dieters love this recipe, assuming that they like smoked salmon. It is a strong flavored dish, but yummy and healthy! I gave it only 4 stars because I modified it so much, but my version gets 5 stars in my book!

  • Susan's Kitchen
    Feb 7, 2011

    This appetizer was a hit at my superbowl party. Everyone loved and it was the first empty plate.

  • jmbullock
    Jun 2, 2010

    This is a pungent appetizer with very sharp flavors - not for the food timid.