This low-carb dip tastes rich, but it's completely guilt-free!
Are the standard hummus or guacamole dips beginning to feel a little tired? Want to indulge in something extra-special? This smoked salmon dip can be enjoyed by friends or family on a low carb or ketogenic diet, and it’s perfect for celebrations. All this recipe asks of you is to chop, blend, and lightly fold the ingredients. Incredibly, it can be prepared and served in under 30 minutes if you’re really in a fix.
While this recipe can be modified with fresh dill or chives, we think the horseradish adds a unique underlying flavor. Essential freshness is provided by the addition of lemon, while red pepper adds that extra kick! Greek yogurt and fat-free cream cheese create a thick silky base. Put it all together, and this recipe is not only lower in fat than the traditional mayonnaise and sour cream, but it also avoids hidden sugars, too.
You might notice one very strange thing about this recipe: It only has a half teaspoon of added salt. That’s because smoked salmon already has a healthy amount of added salt. If it’s not salty enough for your liking, try adding a few teaspoons of capers to the blender.
Finally, let’s talk texture. You can either leave this smoked salmon dip textured as we recommend, leaving the salmon, horseradish, and green onions finely chopped and visible. Alternatively, keep blending for a more whipped, even, paté-like dip.
We Support Wild-Caught Salmon
When buying your salmon at the market, it’s worth spending a little extra. Look out for dense vacuum-packed, wild-caught fillets. Farmed salmon are raised, fed, and caught differently, and various studies have reliably demonstrated that wild-caught salmon is more nutrient-dense.
For example, wild-caught Alaskan salmon has more zinc than farmed salmon. It also has eight times more Vitamin D and three times more Vitamin A per 100-gram serving. Perhaps surprisingly, wild-caught salmon also has fewer calories and saturated fat.
What To Do With This Dip
While you only need to refrigerate this smoked salmon dip for 20 to 30 minutes before serving, the flavors will continue to infuse and develop over time. This one also keeps in the fridge for a surprisingly long time (up to a week!). It gets quite firm in the fridge, so let it sit out at room temperature before serving, or it can be hard to scoop.
You can serve this smoked salmon dip with crostini, breadsticks, your favorite crackers, or cut crudite veggies! Instead of store-bought option, go the extra mile with cleaner homemade versions like our Oven Baked Zucchini Chips, our Spicy Wholegrain Crackers, or even our crispy Sweet Potato Chips. Smeared on a bagel, this could also make an incredible option for brunch.
Skinny Smoked Salmon Dip
- 8 ounces fat-free cream cheese
- 1/2 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
- 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1/4 cup green onion chopped
- 2 teaspoons fresh horseradish grated
- 6 ounces smoked salmon flaked
- In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except the green onion, horseradish, and salmon. Mix until smooth. Gently fold in the remaining ingredients, just until combined. Cover and refrigerate for 20 to 30 minutes before serving.
- You can serve this salmon dip with crustini, your favorite crackers, or veggies!
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