This creamy Smoked Salmon Dip recipe is full of savory smoked salmon, refreshing herbs, and lemon juice and packs a kick with red onion and capers. It’s so easy to make and the perfect to serve as an appetizer or snack!

The Best Smoked Salmon Dip

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for new dip recipes. They’re perfect for snacking on by yourself or serving to friends and family, and this easy smoked salmon dip recipe is one of my favorites. If you love a lox bagel then you’re going to love this dip.

This elegant smoked salmon dip has the perfect combination of savory, zesty flavors that make it impossible to resist. However, while it looks fancy, this salmon dip is super simple to make. It comes together with just a handful of ingredients and a few minutes of prep time. Plus, the dishes are minimal so you can get in and out of the kitchen quickly! 

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Cream Cheese: the base of this dip. Look for full-fat block varieties, not cream cheese from a tub! 

Greek Yogurt: this helps create a smooth, fluffy texture and adds extra protein and a tasty tang. I recommend full-fat yogurt, but any percentage can be used. 

Red Onion: trust me on this! Finely minced red onion adds the perfect flavor to the dip.

Lemon Juice and Zest: fresh lemon juice and zest adds some much needed brightness the pairs well with salmon.

Capers: you can leave these out if desired, but I love the briny flavor they add. 

Smoked Salmon: I like to use cold smoked salmon for this recipe but feel free to use what you prefer.

Herbs and Spices: salt, black pepper, fresh dill, and chopped chives. 

salmon dip ingredients in food processor

Helpful Kitchen Tools

  • Food Processor
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Silicone Spatula
  • Measuring Spoons

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How to Make This Smoked Salmon Dip Recipe

Step One: Add the cream cheese, Greek yogurt, red onion, lemon juice, lemon zest, and capers to the bowl of a food processor. Then, pulse until the ingredients are well combined and smooth. 

Step Two: Transfer the ingredients to a mixing bowl, and add the chopped salmon and fresh dill. Stir until the ingredients are well combined. 

Step Three: Season with salt and pepper, and add an extra sprinkle of fresh dill, if desired for serving. 

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Serving Suggestions

This smoked salmon dip pairs well with almost everything! Some of my favorite ways to serve it are with: 

  • Carrot and Celery Sticks
  • Crackers
  • Crostini
  • Pita Bread
  • Bagels
  • Chips

How to Store

Store any leftover smoked salmon dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 

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I hope you give this Smoked Salmon Dip a try! It’s the perfect elegant appetizer and so easy to make! If you do give this recipe a try, let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating below. You can also snap a photo & tag @allthehealthythings on INSTAGRAM. Your reviews and ratings help support All the Healthy Things and make it possible for me to continue to create the recipes you trust and love.

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The Best Smoked Salmon Dip

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free
  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained
  • 4 oz cold smoked salmon, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, plus more for serving
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • chopped chives, for serving


  1. Add the cream cheese, greek yogurt, red onion, lemon juice and zest, and capers to food processor. Pulse until everything is well combined. Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl.
  2. Next, add the chopped salmon and fresh dill to the cream cheese mixture. Stir until well combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Enjoy with crackers and veggies!


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  1. I whipped this up to serve with a veggie tray on Christmas. It was pretty quick to prep and everyone loved it. The blend of onion, lemon, dill, and capers make a great flavor combo with the salmon. Thanks for another great recipe, Ashlea!