Serve this Smoked Salmon Grazing Board as an appetizer or no cook meal.
With fresh, colorful veggies and an herbed whipped goat cheese dip, this board has numerous flavors to snack on and combine!
A new way to serve smoked salmon
Smoked salmon can be used in so many different ways — in an omelette, as a snack, as an appetizer.
And with charcuterie boards all the rage, I've started thinking outside the box on ways I can create something similar. (This isn't a charcuterie board, after all — there's no charcuterie!)
So, why not a big, beautifully-styled grazing board?
This board doesn't require you to turn on the oven, the stove, or the grill. All you've got to do is whip up the goat cheese dip, slice some veggies, and put together the board!
My best tips for styling a grazing board
I went deep into styling tips when I published a how to on building charcuterie boards.
So if you haven't checked that post out before, this is a great time! All the same tips apply.
Generally, when putting a board together, I try to clump types of food together if possible. Instead of putting all the smoked salmon together in the middle, slice it in half and place two "hubs" for the protein. Don't put all the cucumbers in once place. Try to vary colors when possible to add visual interest.
And finally, use herbs and small items (capers, olives) to fill in large gaps on the board. That ensures there aren't any huge negative spaces for the eye to get sucked into when looking at the board!
More no cook mealtime favorites
Props for beautiful grazing boards
Use cutting boards, serving trays, and small bowls that you have on hand.
And if you're in the market for something new for beautiful charcuterie and grazing boards, check out my Charcuterie Board Collection on Food52, my go-to for new kitchen, cookware, and serving gear!
I'd love to see your grazing board creations! Feel free to comment with how it goes or tag me on Instagram so I can see it!Print
This smoked salmon grazing board makes a perfect appetizer for guests or healthy weeknight meal when you don't want to cook! Feel free to substitute veggies like carrots or celery.
For the Grazing Board
- 1 pound smoked salmon
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes
- 1 bunch radishes
- 2 cucumbers, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons capers
- ¼ cup kalamata or green olives (or both!)
- Fresh dill, for garnish
- Fresh basil, for garnish
- Fresh parsley, for garnish
- 1 batch Whipped Herbed Goat Cheese Dip (see below)
For the Whipped Herbed Goat Cheese Dip
- 8oz chevre goat cheese (for dairy free, use Kite Hill cream cheese)
- 1 small clove garlic, minced
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons almond milk (or milk of choice)
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ⅛ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
- First, make the goat cheese dip. Put the goat cheese in a food processor and pulse until creamy and light. Transfer the goat cheese to a medium-sized bowl and add the minced garlic, red pepper flakes, lemon juice, almond milk, salt, pepper, and parsley. Stir with a spatula until combined. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Assemble the board on a large cutting board or serving platter. Place larger items first (like the smoked salmon and dish of goat cheese dip), then fill in with sliced cucumbers, clusters of tomatoes, and radishes. Add capers, olives, and fresh herbs to fill in any remaining gaps. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve!
Keywords: grazing board, smoked salmon, low carb, keto