Next time you need a slightly fancy, majorly delicious meal (served open faced for a better bread to topping ratio) this smoked salmon sandwich with cucumber ribbons is IT! It may be easy, but it’ll definitely breathe some fresh flavor to your lunch routine. And don’t limit it to lunch, this lox and cucumber sandwich works for brunch, lunch, an appetizer, or even a light summer dinner.
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What You’ll Love About Smoked Salmon Sandwiches
- Quick and easy
- Light and fresh
- Perfect for brunch, lunch or a light dinner
- Elegant presentation
- Made with simple ingredients
- Prep in just 15 minutes
This smoked salmon sandwich recipe is made with simple ingredients and it’s the type of dish that will be best with high-quality ingredients:
- Bread – I think a rustic, multigrain bread is great here, but you could also use a sourdough or French bread, you just want something that is high-quality as it’s the base of the sandwich.
- Cucumber dill goat cheese – These classic flavors work so well with smoked salmon, so I put them all into one delicious spread.
- Smoked salmon – Use a high quality smoked salmon (lox). I would recommend using a “plain” smoked salmon over flavored varieties like “everything bagel” or “pastrami style” smoked salmon. More info in my Trader Joe’s smoked salmon lox review.
- Cucumber – Use an English or hothouse cucumber so that it doesn’t need to be peeled or de-seeded. We’re turning the cucumber into ribbons, so the less seeds the better.
- Olive oil – This is just to finish the sandwich, so use a high quality olive oil for best flavor.
- Freshly cracked pepper – Freshly cracked is a must!
- Flaky sea salt – This is a finishing seasoning, which is why flaky sea salt is a must.
How to Make a Lox Sandwich
Let’s get to the salmon lox sandwich! Here’s how we make it:
- Make cucumber and dill goat cheese spread. In a medium bowl, mix together cream cheese and goat cheese with a fork or a hand mixer. Fold in shredded cucumber, dill, and green onion.
- Toast bread. Lightly toast bread in toaster or hot skillet. The hot skillet method is preferred for best flavor, brush with olive oil or spread with butter before toasting until golden brown. Let cool slightly.
- Layer sandwich. Spread toast with a layer of goat cheese spread and top with smoked salmon and cucumber ribbons.
This recipe for smoked salmon sandwich is best served fresh, but the dill and cucumber spread can be prepped a few days ahead.
What to Serve with Smoked Salmon Sandwich
This smoked salmon cream cheese sandwich is a light meal that can be eaten all on its own, otherwise serve it with one of these simple sides.
- Raw veggies with yogurt dill veggie dip
- Simple green salad
- Kale apple slaw
- Strawberry spinach salad
- Chickpea feta salad
More Easy Salmon Recipes
If you like this salmon sandwich recipe, you might like some of these other easy salmon recipes:
- Teriyaki glazed salmon
- Salmon stir fry
- Baked salmon with dill butter
- Grilled salmon in foil
- Best salmon cakes
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Helpful Tools to Make Smoked Salmon Sandwich
- Vegetable Peeler – You don’t need anything fancy to make the cucumber ribbons, just a vegetable peeler. I’ve gotten rid of my fancy peelers for this version because it works so much better.
- Flaky Sea Salt – Yes, it’s more expensive, but this is a finishing salt so you won’t use a lot of it. It truly upgrades meals, especially simple ones like this.
The BEST smoked salmon sandwich features a layer of dill goat cheese spread topped with smoked salmon and cucumber ribbons. Ready in 15 min.
For Smoked Salmon Sandwich:
- 8 slices hearty rye or whole grain bread (artisan)
- 8 oz. smoked salmon (lox)
- 1 English cucumber (thinly sliced into ribbons)
- olive oil
- freshly cracked pepper
- flaky sea salt
For Cucumber Dill Goat Cheese Spread:
- 4 oz. goat cheese
- 2 oz. cream cheese
- 1/4 cup shredded cucumber (squeezed in paper towel and packed)
- 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh dill
- 2 Tbsp. thinly sliced green onion
- sea salt and black pepper to taste
- Make cucumber and dill goat cheese spread. In a medium bowl, whip together goat cheese and cream cheese with a fork or with a hand mixer. Fold in shredded cucumber, dill, and green onion. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Lightly toast bread in toaster or in hot skillet (brushed with oil or butter), and let cool slightly before topping.
- Spread toast with cucumber and dill goat cheese spread and top with a layer of smoked salmon, and cucumber ribbons.
- Drizzle sandwich with olive oil and season with flaky sea salt and freshly cracked pepper. Garnish with fresh dill if desired.
- If you can’t find an English cucumber, peel a regular cucumber and discard any ribbons with too many seeds.
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