The BEST smoked salmon dip that ever existed! Easy to prepare using only 7 ingredients. The perfect appetizer for ANY party. Only 5 minutes to prepare!
It's not too soon after last month's holiday splurge fest to splurge again is it? I don't want to be the one to whisper temptations in your ear to set aside your Whole30, Sugar-Free January, Meatless Monday, Vegan January Challenges...so I'm not going to do that.
Would you like some smoked salmon dip with dill and capers?
Instead, I'm going to give you something to look forward to when February 1st hits and
Have you ever heard of the 80/20 rule? It's about eating healthy, nutritious, clean foods at least 80% of the time and then living your life the other 20%. For example, 80% veggies and 20% let's dress those veggies up with a whole block of cream cheese and a wallop of sour cream.
Maybe my 80/20 ratio is a little off with this dip...but we NEED something for Super Bowl Sunday so let's not worry about ratios. Math was never my thing anyway.
A friend introduced me to this amazing smoked salmon dip bliss at a holiday party last year. The story on the dip goes something like this, I think...
There was a guy who determined to make the most amazing smoked salmon dip that ever existed -> the guy experimented and went through many iterations of smoked salmon dip with each iteration getting a little bit better but not quite reaching dip bliss-dom -> after many tries guy suddenly had a smoked salmon dip eureka moment -> he shouted, "eureka!" -> guy brought
Now go make this smoked salmon dip.
Even though this dip tastes so fancy and AH-mazing, it comes together quicker than a Trumpian tweet. Just 7 ingredients.
Throw the first six (cream cheese, sour cream, fresh dill, capers, red onion, and lemon juice) in a food processor and pulse until mixed. Then add in your smoked salmon and pulse again until everything is mixed up and the salmon is still slightly chunky.
Grab some crackers, chips, or veggies (cuz 80/20) and dive in!
Now repeat after me, "I will share this dip with others. I will not hide in a corner with this dip and a box of crackers (or just a spoon) and eat the entire bowl of dip." You would be eating a whole block of cream cheese and a small-ish bowl of sour cream if you did that.
Remember the 80/20 rule. 80% for you, 20% for them. Share the splurge.
And then give a shout out to the nice guy who shared his perfect smoked salmon dip with you and me. I don't know your name Nice Guy, but thank you very VERY much for creating and sharing this dip. You just made the world a little bit tastier.
Now if only February could get here a little more quickly.
Would you like some smoked salmon dip with dill and capers? 😉
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Smoked Salmon Dip with Dill & Capers
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: Makes about 2 cups 1x
The best smoked salmon dip that ever existed! Easy to prepare with only 7 ingredients. The perfect appetizer for any party.
Smoked Salmon Dip
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- ½ cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons capers, plus additional for garnish
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped, plus additional for garnish
- 2 tablespoons red onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 4 ounces smoked salmon (make sure all the bones have been removed)
Ideas for Serving
- gluten-free crackers (I really like these fine ground sea salt almond crackers with this dip. I found them at Costco.)
- chips (I like these sweet potato chips.)
- gluten-free flatbread
- veggies like cucumbers, celery, bell peppers, endive, carrots, or zucchini
- To a food processor, add cream cheese, sour cream, capers, dill, red onion, and lemon juice and pulse (instead of blend) to combine. Add smoked salmon and pulse a few more times until combined but also allowing the salmon to remain a little bit chunky. I prefer this dip to have some texture versus turning it into a purée.
- Garnish with fresh chopped dill and capers. Serve with with your favorite gluten-free crackers, chips, flatbread, or vegetables of choice!
- Category: Appetizer
- Method: Food Processor
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Gluten Free
Keywords: smoked salmon dip recipe, appetizer recipes, snack recipes, gluten-free recipes
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This really is the best smoked salmon dip I’ve had. I make it almost every time I entertain at home because everyone loves it. We also love it as a potato salad dressing. We swap around half the cream cheese for extra sour cream, add abit more salmon and then mix through boiled and salted baby potatoes. Serve with a few extra bits of dill, capers and onion on top and it’s delicious warm or cold.
Thank you for sharing this recipe ☺️
Thanks so much for your comment! That is a brilliant idea about how to use it in potato salad. I am definitely going to try that!
M V Fernandez
Addictive! I have made it several times with home-smoked salmon. No food processor, just fine dicing, chopping and hand mixing. We like to add more salmon than the recipe calls for. Pretty and tasty served in avocado halves.
I'm so glad to hear that you enjoy this recipe! Serving it in avocado halves is such a great idea and sounds super tasty!
I am not sure if it is legal to make such tasty things?! This salmon dip makes me crazy! I tried to make it once and now I can not stop making it again and again. Despite the fact that this dish is not really healthy, I cook it stably every couple of weeks. My family loves that too. And what if we dare replace the chips with pieces of vegetables? I think the taste will be no worse :))) Thank you for the idea! Keep it up.
Thank you Anna! So glad to hear that you and your family love this recipe so much! I think vegetables in place of the chips would be just as fantastic! ❤️
That smoked salmon does not look like the kind we have here in NYC! More like hot smoked? Not a bad thing, just different.
Hi Lauren! You're right! Smoked salmon can be both cold or hot smoked. The salmon in this is hot smoked. Your local NYC Whole Foods should have some hot smoked salmon if you decide to try out this dip!
I love dip recipes and never have enough of them! Cannot wait to try yours!
Smoked salmon is one of my absolute favorites so I'm loving this dip! I'll definitely be serving it first chance I get (although I make no promises about sharing...)!
I'm always looking for new dip recipes and this smoked salmon one looks amazing. Pinned for later.
What a fun story! Yes, thank you nice guy! Great name...by the way! I'm all about the 80/20 rule. I do macro level nutrition and I get a cheat meal once a week. So there you go...kinda 80/20 right there! I love to splurge every once in awhile! And that dill - yum! One of my all time favorite ingredients ever!!
Okay. This is so perfect because you put everything that I love in a dip. It's the perfect bite all in one. Love it!
I love smoked salmon with capers and dill. I have never thought of turning it into a dip. BRILLIANT! I am trying this ASAP!
The dill and capers in this dip are calling my name! This would be lovely any time of year and perfect for all those spring and summer special occasions--Easter, bridal showers, Mother's Day, etc., etc. Going to try this one.
Oh I love anything with smoked salmon in it so I'm going to be all over this delicious dip! It sounds so delightfui and perfect for this weekend's big game!
Yes, please! We absolutely love smoked salmon in our house, and this dip would be devoured! This is pretty much all of the flavors I love with a bagel made into a dip. This would be fantastic with crudités.
Now that's a classic you can never go wrong with. Salmon dill and capers.. yum. This looks incredible. Saving this for later.
I love cream cheese + smoked salmon combo..so definitely digging this idea.
Love the idea for this dip! My family loves smoked salmon but I've never used it to make a dip. I can't wait to try this!
Great write up and the pics look amazing! Thanks for sharing!
HEEEY!!!! Is this the Salmon Dip Nice Guy?!?! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe with me and allowing me to share it with the world! The dip is SO good!
Most amazing dip ever!!! -From the friend of the "nice guy"!
It truly is Jen! <3
Hi, can I use the cold smoked salmon variety. That’s what I had bought to make my dip and then I saw your AMAZING recipe!,
Hi Volaine! I haven't tried cold smoked salmon in this recipe myself just because of the difference in texture. It would definitely change the consistency of the dip. I also don't think the cold smoked salmon would process as well in the food processor. You could give it a try though and see how it goes!