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A white plate with a crostini topped with herb cream cheese, cold smoked salmon, thinly sliced shallots and dill.

Smoked Salmon Appetizer Crostini with Cream Cheese

This easy Smoked Salmon Appetizer Crostini with Cream Cheese is a must-have for brunch, parties, and celebrations! Layered with a bright and herby cream cheese spread, smoked salmon, and shallots, these cute canapés will be loved by everyone.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, canapé, party food, smoked salmon
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Makes: 12 servings


  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped dill
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Salt and pepper
  • 36 pieces crostini
  • 8 ounces cold smoked salmon
  • Optional: additional dill for topping


  • Mix cream cheese, chopped dill, lemon juice, and zest together in a medium bowl until smooth. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Evenly top each crostini with the cream cheese mixture, salmon and shallots.
  • If you’d like, top with additional chopped dill and serve!
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  • Depending on the size, you’ll need 1-2 lemons for the juice and zest.
  • The cream cheese mixture can be made up to 3 days before serving.
  • Assemble the canapes no earlier than 1 hour before serving. Store topped with a lightly damp paper towel and foil/plastic wrap. Chill until ready to serve!
  • 1 serving is aproximately 3 crostini