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Smoked salmon appetizer with flavored cream cheese, arugula, lemon zest, and topped with sliced red onion. Only 82 calories for each. | joeshealthymeals.com

Smoked Salmon with Arugula and Lemon Zest

Super easy to make and can be made ahead of time for a delicious appetizer.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword smoked salmon appetizer,
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 82kcal
Author Joe Boyle


  • 4 oz. cream cheese at room temperature
  • 2 oz. Hidden Valley original ranch dressing and seasoning mix taste and add more if desired
  • 8 oz. smoked salmon cold smoked
  • 12 slices whole grain baguette diagonally sliced
  • 2 oz. arugula
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced longitudinally
  • zest of 1 lemon


  • Mix cream cheese and Hidden Valley seasoning mix in a small bowl. Taste and adjust seasoning. (Add additional mix slowly as the cheese will taste very salty if too much is added).
  • Spread the cream cheese fairly generously on the baguettes then top with arugula followed by salmon, lemon zest and finally the sliced onion.
  • To prepare ahead of time, coat the baguette with the cream cheese, arugula and salmon. cover tightly and refrigerate for up to 4 hours. The lemon zest will dry out  if you zest the lemon before hand, so store tightly covered if you zest the lemon early. Same with the onion slices. Plastic wrap will work well for both. Add the zest and onion just before serving.


Calories: 82kcal