A healthy smoked salmon spread that is dairy-free and made with roasted red peppers! Serve with your favorite crackers as an appetizer, or on a sandwich for a healthy dose of protein and flavor!
As you can probably tell, I've been eating a lot more salmon lately. It's something that I've always done, but haven't really shared my recipes on the blog with you for the past few years. Part of it was because I was fearful of the vegan backlash, and the other part was that I wasn't being very creative with my cooking.
But over the past few months, I've had a ton of fun creating healthy salmon recipes.
I know that many of you eat similarly to how I do – where your diet is focused mostly on plants, but you eat eggs and fish on occasion. And it's important that you have tasty and healthy recipes to make!
So here's what I've got for you today: a healthy smoked salmon spread that's dairy-free, easy to make, and absolutely delicious.
What You Need for This Recipe
What you're going to love about this dip is two-fold: it's short ingredient list and it's easy to make. Just a few simple ingredients are all you need. Here's what we'll be using:
- Smoked salmon: try to find wild caught and sugar-free if you can.
- Dairy-free cream cheese: I love the chive flavor from Kite Hill
- Roasted red peppers: to give it a bit of depth and some sweet + smoke
- Dill: since salmon and dill go so well together
- Lemon: for brightness and acidity – it really helps bring out the flavors!
And then just a hint of salt and pepper if you need it!
How to Make Smoked Salmon Spread
Similar to hummus, this salmon dip is made entirely in the food processor. You basically just dump everything in, process it up until it's mostly smooth. Then just scoop it into your serve vessel (or container if you're keeping it in the fridge), and dig in!
Dairy-Free Smoked Salmon Spread
When I originally shared this recipe back in 2013, it had goat cheese. Over the past few years, I've made this salmon dip dairy-free by swapping in dairy-free cream cheese. It's delicious and that's the version I'm sharing with you today.
If you do eat dairy/you love goat cheese, feel free to swap the cream cheese with goat cheese. Or you could also use regular cream cheese if that strikes your fancy as well.
What to Serve with Smoked Salmon Dip
I think this dip is best served as an appetizer. This has been a go-to for me at any family gathering and my mom always puts it out for dinner parties.
I love serving this salmon spread with:
But it's also an amazing spread for toast, sandwiches, bagels, or rice cakes. If we have leftovers, I'll usually have it for breakfast or a snack the next day. High protein and super flavorful!
Freezing Smoked Salmon Dip
You might be wondering, “how do you store this dip!?” The answer is: you can refrigerate it OR freeze it. That is if it lasts that long!
- Refrigerate: this will last in a sealed container for 4 – 5 days in the fridge.
- Freeze: place the dip in a sealed container, filled close to the top. Freeze for 3 – 6 months. Let thaw at room temperature and then keep refrigerated for 3 – 4 days.
And that's pretty much it! I hope you love this dip as much as my family and I do. I think it will quickly become a staple for you!
More Ways to Use Salmon
- Honey Almond Crusted Salmon
- Sweet Potato Salmon Cakes
- Healthy Baked Salmon Salad
- Cinnamon & Pecan Crusted Salmon
- Sesame Crusted Salmon with Quinoa & Asian Vegetables
Herbed Smoked Salmon Spread with Roasted Red Peppers
- 8 oz. smoked salmon sugar-free if possible
- 8 oz. dairy-free cream cheese* regular will also work
- 2 - 3 roasted red peppers
- 1/4 cup fresh dill about 1 tablespoon
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Add all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until smooth and incorporated.
- Taste, season with salt and pepper, and scoop into a serving dish.
- Refrigerate for at least half an hour, and serve with crackers or vegetables.