Cucumber Cups with Dill Cream and Smoked Salmon


Beautiful smoked salmon appetizer with cucumber, dill, and cream cheese, plus a bit of lemon to perk things up.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
24 pieces


  • 24 slices cucmber, each about 3/4-inch thick

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

  • ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 4 ounces smoked salmon, cut into 2-inch strips

  • 24 small fresh dill sprigs


  1. Form a cup in each cucumber slice by using a melon baller to scoop a 1/2-inch-deep depression from one side. Place cucumbers, scooped-sides down, onto paper towels to drain for 15 minutes.

  2. Mix cream cheese, chopped dill, lemon zest, lemon juice, and pepper in a bowl until well combined.

  3. Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon cheese mixture into each cucumber cup. Top each cup with a salmon strip and a dill sprig.


You can use reduced-fat cream cheese if desired, and you can substitute smoked trout for smoked salmon.

To Make Ahead:

Cucumber cups can be assembled and kept chilled in an airtight container up to 24 hours ahead of time.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

49 Calories
4g Fat
2g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 49
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 103mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 82mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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