Layered with smoked salmon, cream cheese, cucumber, red onion, and fresh herbs, this smoked salmon sandwich is incredibly easy to make and perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or high tea!
If you love smoked salmon, you’re going to love this healthy smoked salmon sandwich! The combination of smoky salmon, smooth cream cheese, crunchy veggies, and fresh herbs ensures that this sandwich recipe is equally delicious and nutritious.
Smoked Salmon Sandwich Ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need to make this salmon sandwich.
- Bread – While any white bread will work, dark and whole-grain bread such as rye and pumpernickel are particularly tasty with smoked salmon. Both fresh bread and toast will work well in this sandwich.
- Smoked Salmon – You can’t make a smoked salmon sandwich without smoked salmon! Classic smoked salmon, gravlax or lox will all work well.
- Cream Cheese – While cream cheese is a fan favorite, soft cheeses like goat cheese and brie also pair nicely with smoked salmon. You can also swap the cheese for sour cream for a more Scandinavian touch.
- Red Onion – Some thinly sliced red onion adds a pop of color and a nice vinegary bite.
- Cucumber – A few slices of cucumber help to add a nice crunch to the sandwich.
- Dill and Chives – A few fresh herbs such as dill and/or chopped chives add some fragrance. The herbs can be sprinkled into the sandwich or mixed directly into the cream cheese.
- Capers – While completely optional, a handful of capers helps to add a nice salty contrast.
Prefer a smoked salmon bagel? No problem! Just swap the bread for a bagel and layer the ingredients for an epic bagel sandwich.
To Make it Gluten-Free: Use gluten-free bread.
To Make it Dairy-Free: Use a plant-based cream cheese spread such as almond milk cream cheese or swap it for avocado slices.
How to Make a Smoked Salmon Sandwich
- Prepare the vegetables. Begin by cutting the cucumber and red onion into thin slices.
- Spread the cream cheese. Spread each of the bread slices with cream cheese on one side.
- Layer the ingredients. Top one slice of cream cheese-covered bread with arugula, dill, smoked salmon, cucumber slices, red onion slices, capers, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper, then layer the second slice of bread on top.
- Serve and enjoy!
You can find the detailed instructions in the recipe card below.
Red’s Nutrition Tip
Cream cheese is often thought of as unhealthy food, but the reality is it’s full of micronutrients, healthy fats, and protein. The combination of whole grain bread, smoked salmon, cream cheese, and vegetables ensure that this is a well-balanced meal complete with protein, carbohydrates, fiber, and healthy fats.
Tips for the BEST Smoked Salmon Sandwich
- Whip the cream cheese. To ensure your sandwiches have the most heavenly texture, whip your cream cheese in a food processor before making the sandwich or buy whipped cream cheese at the grocery store.
- Thinly slice the vegetables. Cut the cucumber and red onion as thinly as possible or use a mandolin to cut them into perfectly even slices.
- Toast the bread. To add some extra texture, toast the bread before making the sandwich.
- Add more veggies. While this recipe calls for cucumber, red onion, and arugula, you can add more fiber and mix things up with additional vegetables such as sprouts, sliced tomatoes, or lettuce.
- Add fresh lemon juice. Add a pop of brightness by adding a good squeeze of fresh lemon juice onto the smoked salmon before making the sandwich. You can also add a drizzle of olive oil for additional healthy fats.
- Use flaky salt. While you can season these sandwiches with any salt you like, flaky sea salt and pepper adds an extra crunch and pop of flavor to every bite.
- Cut it into triangles. To make things a little extra fancy, you can slice the sandwich into 4 mini triangle sandwiches and treat yourself to a high tea at home.
What kind of cheese goes with smoked salmon?
Smoked salmon pairs best with soft, spreadable cheeses such as goat cheese, cream cheese, or whipped feta cheese. More traditional Scandinavian smørrebrød recipes, an open-faced sandwich, will serve smoked salmon with sour cream or cheese and sour cream blends.
Are salmon sandwiches healthy?
Absolutely! Smoked salmon is a good source of protein and healthy fats, specifically omega-3 fatty acids and, when made with whole-grain bread, cheese, and vegetables, a smoked salmon sandwich is a well-balanced meal complete with fiber, protein, complex carbohydrates, fat, and flavor.
How many calories in a smoked salmon sandwich?
This smoked salmon sandwich contains 521 calories, 42 grams of protein, 23 grams of fat, 36 grams of carbohydrates, and 4 grams of fiber. To reduce the calorie content of the sandwich, while maintaining the protein content, simply use a fat-free cream cheese.
If you want to make this smoked salmon sandwich for lunch meal prep, be sure to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or store it in an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to 24 hours. While it will keep longer, it’s best to eat it within a day to ensure the bread doesn’t get soggy.
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Smoked Salmon Sandwich
This healthy smoked salmon sandwich with cream cheese is packed full of flavor and works well for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 1 sandwich 1x
- Category: Sandwich
- Method: By Hand
- Cuisine: American
- 2 slices bread, whole grain or rye bread
- 2 ounces smoked salmon
- 3 tablespoons cream cheese
- 6 cucumber slices
- 2 red onion slices
- 1 tablespoon capers (optional)
- 1 handful arugula
- 2 teaspoons dill, fresh, chopped
- 1 teaspoon chives, chopped
- Black pepper
- Lay both pieces of bread on a cutting board.
- Spread half of the cream cheese on one slice, sprinkle with arugula, dill, chives, and capers, then top with smoked salmon, sliced cucumber, and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.
- Spread the remaining cream cheese onto the other slice of bread and then top it on the other slice to make a sandwich.
- Serve immediately or store in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
- Serving Size: 1 sandwich
- Calories: 521 calories
- Sugar: 5 grams
- Fat: 23 grams
- Carbohydrates: 36 grams
- Fiber: 4 grams
- Protein: 42 grams