Smoked Salmon Spread


8 oz. (250 g) cream cheese
1/4 cup (50 ml) light sour cream
2 tsp horseradish
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
8 oz. smoked salmon, cut into chunks
3 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped
2 Tbsp green onions, chopped
2 Tbsp capers
salt and pepper to taste
fresh dill or parsley for garnish


  • In food processor or with electric mixer, blend together cream cheese, sour cream, horseradish and lemon juice until smooth.
  • Add smoked salmon cut into chunks and blend until almost smooth.
  • Stir in dill, onions and capers, than add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Transfer to serving dish, cover and refrigerate at least two hours before serving.
  • Garnish with fresh dill or parsley.
TIP:  You can buy end chunks of smoked salmon which are much less expensive than sliced.

NOTE: Smoked trout can also be used for this recipe.

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Salmon is the common name for several species of fish of the Salmonidae family. Several other fishes in the family are called trout. Salmon live in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans...

Salmon are anadromous: they are born in fresh water, migrate to the ocean, then return to fresh water to reproduce. Folklore has it that the fish return to the exact spot where they were born to spawn and modern research shows that usually at least 90% of the fish spawning in a stream were born there. In Alaska, the crossing over to other streams allows salmon to populate new streams, such as those that emerge as a glacier retreats. How they navigate is still a mystery, though their keen sense of smell may be involved. In all species of Pacific salmon, the mature individuals die within a few weeks of spawning.

Coastal dwellers have long respected the salmon. Most peoples of the Northern Pacific shores had a ceremony to honor the first return of the year. For many centuries, people caught the salmon as they swam upriver. A famous spearfishing site on the Columbia River at Celilo Falls was inundated after great dams were built on the river. Now, salmon are caught in bays and near shore. Long drift net fisheries have been banned on the high seas except off the coast of Ireland.