Low-Carb Easy Salmon Appetizer – healthy, low-carb, creamy salmon salad served on slices of tomato or cucumber, sprinkled with sea salt and fresh ground black pepper. Add thin slices of jalapeno for an extra spicy kick.Are you looking for a super easy low-carb, healthy appetizer for a New Years Eve party, special occasion or family gathering? Whether you’re starting a new low-carb lifestyle, looking for a good keto-friendly snack or are cooking gluten-free, these creamy salmon appetizer bites fit all those things AND are super easy to make, only taking 5-10 minutes to put together. If you like this recipe, you may also like these easy appetizers and snacks:
- Sweet & Spicy Pepper Relish Cheese Spread
- Healthy Tuna Salad Celery Sticks
- Bacon-Wrapped Onion Cream Cheese Dates
- Baked Basil Pesto Chicken Bites
- No-Knead Jalapeno Bread
Is this appetizer low-carb, keto-friendly or gluten-free?Yes! This easy salmon appetizer falls into all those categories! It’s a spin-off version of the traditional, high-carb “tuna salad on crackers.” To make these delicious savory salmon bites more healthy and low-carb I serve them on a thick slice of tomato or cucumber. This lowers the carb and calorie count. Win, win! If you’re living a Ketogenic lifestyle and are trying to avoid tomatoes (the carb count through natural sugars can add up quick), you can serve this appetizer on thick slices of cucumber. This recipe is also gluten-free! The creamy salmon salad is served on a thick slice of tomato or cucumber, whichever you prefer. The ingredients are simple and clean. Here’s a list of what you’ll find in these easy salmon appetizer bites.
- Salmon (canned, can be found by the canned tuna in most grocery stores)
- mayo (regular, avocado, light)
- relish (sweet, dill, whatever you like)
- yellow mustard
- sea salt
- fresh ground black pepper
- jalapeno (optional)
- tomato and/or cucumber slices
Can I replace the canned salmon for canned tuna?Yes! If you don’t like salmon, don’t have any on hand or want to save a little money by replacing the canned salmon with canned tuna, you can. The flavor will be different but still yummy! If you choose to switch the salmon for tuna, I’d recommend using albacore tuna as it’s higher quality and tastes much better, in my opinion. It is a little more expensive but worth it.
What mayonnaise should I use in this recipe?I say… whatever you have on hand or, depending on what lifestyle and diet restrictions you may have, whatever fits your diet plan. Usually, I just use whatever mayo I have on hand. I love avocado mayo in this recipe. It’s smooth and creamy with a bit of tang. I’ve also used light mayo (when I’m trying to watch the calorie count) and regular mayo if I don’t have avocado or light on hand.
Do I have to include spicy jalapeno peppers in this recipe?NO, you don’t have to include jalapenos in this recipe. If you like spicy you can add a thin slice of jalapeno to each appetizer but if you don’t like spicy, omit them completely. If you’re serving these at a party you can serve both versions just make sure you distinguish so people don’t get a spicy surprise when they bite into these easy salmon appetizer bites with jalapeno included.
What’s your favorite low-carb appetizer or snack?I’d love to hear about it! Drop me a note in the comments! Here’s the full printable recipe. Enjoy!
- 5oz can Pink Salmon, find it near canned tuna in your grocery store
- 1 1/2 - 2 Tbs Avocado Mayo, light Mayo or Mayo
- 1 tsp yellow mustard
- 1 Tbs pickle relish
- sea salt
- fresh ground black pepper
- 2-3 Roma tomatoes OR 1 large cucumber, cut into 15-20 1/2-inch slices
- 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced, optional
- Open and drain liquid from salmon.
- In a bowl mix salmon, mayo, mustard and relish together to make a creamy salmon salad.
- Add 1-2 thin slices of jalapeno to each tomato/cucumber slice, if desired.
- Add a small scoop of creamy salmon salad to each tomato/cucumber slice.
- Sprinkle each salmon appetizer slice with sea salt and fresh ground black pepper.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Can be prepared ahead for ease and convenience. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Will keep for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
- May also use albacore tuna in place of canned tuna.