Smoked Salmon Cucumber Rolls (Keto, Low-carb) 🍱

Smoked Salmon Cucumber Rolls (Keto, Low-carb) 🍱

Say goodbye to ordinary appetizers and hello to Smoked Salmon Cucumber Rolls. These delightful bite-size rolls have an exciting combination of flavors. We have the creamy Labneh, smoky salmon, and crisp slices of cucumber. Whether you’re a fan of sushi or vegetable rolls or simply crave a light snack, these rolls are a perfect choice.

These keto-friendly cucumber appetizers are great for picnics, potlucks, or any social gathering. Excited to try? If so, let’s dive into this recipe.

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Preparation and cooking overview

Preparing and making these faux sushi bites is as easy as 1-2-3. With a few simple steps and everyday ingredients, you can make these rolls in just 15 minutes.

Chef’s note

For this smoked salmon appetizer recipe, you can experiment with flavors. If you’re into a little heat, dust some red pepper flakes or give it a drizzle of sriracha right onto the Labneh before you start rolling.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 Minutes
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Recipe Makes 1 Serving

🍱 Ingredients for this smoked salmon cucumber rolls recipe

  • 4 tablespoons Labneh
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 4 slices of smoked salmon (approximately 3.5 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger, zested
  • 2 English cucumbers
Cucumbers, smoked salmon, minced garlic, fresh dill, ginger, and other preparation items placed on the kitchen table.

Ingredient substitutions

  • English cucumbers: If you don’t have these, go for the garden, Persian, Japanese, or Lebanese cucumbers. Whichever type you choose, make sure you only use seedless cucumbers.
  • Labneh: If you can’t find Labneh, you can substitute it with Greek yogurt or strained plain yogurt. If you don’t like the Labneh taste, use keto cream cheese instead.
  • Dill: If you don’t have fresh dill, you can use dried dill as a substitute.

Additional ingredients

  • Capers: Add finely chopped capers to the rolls for an extra briny flavor.
  • Black pepper: Elevate the taste experience with freshly ground black pepper, bringing delightful warmth to each bite.
  • Red pepper flakes: Sprinkle crushed red pepper flakes for a hint of spice.
  • Red onion: Add some sliced red onion to the creamy Labneh for a sharp and sweet flavor.

Note: The recipe card doesn’t contain nutrition information about these additional ingredients since they are optional and not part of the original recipe.

Overhead shot of keto smoked salmon cucumber rolls placed on a wooden serving tray accompanied by some vegetables on kitchen table.

Cooking tools required

To make this Smoked Salmon Cucumber Rolls recipe, you need the following kitchen tools:

  • Vegetable peeler
  • Whisk
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Zester
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Waxed paper
  • Spatula

Tools substitute options

  • Vegetable peeler: If you don’t have a peeler, use a sharp knife to peel vegetables, although the slices may not be as thin or consistent as those made with a peeler.
  • Whisk: Instead of a whisk, you can mix the ingredients together with a fork.
  • Zester: If you don’t have a zester, use the small holes on a box grater. Alternatively, use a sharp knife to remove the zest, but avoid the bitter white pith.
  • Waxed paper: If you don’t have waxed paper, substitute it with parchment paper or plastic wrap.
Keto salmon cucumber rolls on tray.

How to make Smoked Salmon Cucumber Rolls: step-by-step guide

Cooking methods

  • No-cook recipe

Preparation steps

  1. Get your ingredients ready.
  2. Measure all the ingredients for this recipe.
  3. Wash and dry each cucumber with paper towels.

Cooking instructions

  1. Combine the Labneh, minced garlic, grated ginger, and finely chopped dill in a bowl. Mix well until all the ingredients are evenly incorporated.
  2. Peel the cucumbers vertically to create long, thin slices using a peeler.
  3. Pat them dry with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture.
  4. Spread a generous amount of the Labneh mixture onto each cucumber layer. Make sure to cover the entire surface.
  5. Place the smoked salmon slices on top of the Labneh mixture on each cucumber slice.
  6. Carefully roll up each cucumber ribbon, starting from one end. Continue rolling until you reach the other end, creating mini cucumber rolls.
  7. Use toothpicks or cocktail sticks to secure the rolls. Insert them into the rolls, making sure they hold everything together.
  8. Arrange rolls on a serving platter. If desired, you can garnish them with additional dill sprigs.
Ingredients like labneh, fresh dill, minced garlic, and zested ginger about to be mixed in a bowl.
Mixing the labneh mixture in a mixing bowl.
Peel the cucumbers vertically to create long, thin slices.
Labneh mixture being spread on a cucumber slice.
Rolling up cucumber slice containing salmon and labneh mixture and securing it by piercing with toothpick.

Chef’s pro tip

To ensure the rolls stay securely fastened, be cautious not to place the toothpicks too close to the center, as this can result in the rolls coming undone. For a secure hold, it is recommended to position the toothpicks near the outer edges of the rolls.

What to serve with smoked salmon cucumber rolls?

These versatile party appetizers can be enjoyed alongside a variety of dishes and are perfect for any occasion. You don’t have to wait for a party to eat these delicious snacks!

  • Caprese salad: Slice ripe tomatoes and fresh mozzarella, arrange them on a plate, add fresh basil leaves, drizzle some olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  • Zoodles: For zoodles, spiralize zucchini into noodle-like strands, sauté the zoodles in garlic and olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  • Roasted asparagus: Toss asparagus in olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roast in the oven until crispy and caramelized.
  • Keto-friendly dipping sauce: Choose any of your preferred sauces (homemade and store-bought) to dip the rolls. You can also use our famous Jalapeno Sauce, Salsa Verde, and Cheese Sauce.
  • Keto-friendly smoothie: Blend some green spinach, almond milk, avocado, and a low-carb sweetener to make a keto smoothie. Enjoy it with keto sushi rolls!
  • Dry white wine: A dry white wine like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio pairs wonderfully with smoked salmon rolls.
Mini cucumber rolls.

How to make it healthier?

  • Opt for organic cucumbers, salmon, and dairy for the Labneh.
  • Increase the number of cucumbers or add other thinly sliced vegetables like bell peppers or avocados.
  • Use Greek yogurt instead of Labneh.
  • Sprinkle your rolls with ground flax seeds to increase the fiber.

Time-saving tips

  • Buy pre-sliced smoked salmon.
  • Use store-bought Labneh instead of making yourself.
  • Set up an assembly line if you’re making smoked salmon cucumber rolls in large quantities. Lay out all your ingredients in the order you’ll need them. Then you can quickly move from one step to the next.
Keto salmon cucumber rolls pierced by toothpicks.

What can I prepare ahead of time?

  • If using fresh salmon, marinate it a day ahead.
  • Prepare Labneh at least 24 hours in advance if making it from scratch.
  • Chop herbs and zest lemon ahead of time for garnish.
  • Clean and set aside serving plates, platters, or boards in advance.

Storage instructions

Enjoy these rolls as soon as possible, as the cucumber can’t stay crispy for too long. But if you want to store these easy smoked salmon appetizers, transfer them to an airtight container and place them in the fridge for up to 24 hours.

Keto salmon cucumber rolls on wooden serving tray on kitchen table.

Recipe wrap-up and conclusion

Our Smoked Salmon and Cucumber Rolls recipe is an easy, elegant, fun, and healthy appetizer. With just a few simple steps and 15 minutes of your time, you can make these refreshingly addictive keto “sushi rolls.”

If you love the recipe, do give it a try! Share a photo of your masterpiece on social media and tag us. Also, don’t hesitate to share this recipe with your loved ones!

Smoked salmon cucumber rolls served on wooden serving tray.

Frequently asked questions

The number of calories in a salmon roll wrapped in cucumber can vary depending on the specific ingredients and portion size used. Check our recipe card for details on the nutritional value of the dish.

This can happen if your cucumber slices are too thick or if you’re overstuffing the rolls. Try slicing the cucumber thinner or using less filling.

If your rolls taste too salty, it could be due to the smoked salmon. Try using a low-sodium version or reduce the amount of additional salt in the recipe.

To make sure your cucumber slices are thin enough, use a vegetable peeler when making this recipe.

If the salmon flavor is too strong, you can reduce the amount used in each roll or increase the amount of Labneh or cucumber to balance out the flavors.

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Smoked salmon cucumber rolls.

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Smoked Salmon Cucumber Rolls are delightful and easy-to-make "keto sushi rolls," perfect for picnics and gatherings.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Keyword appetizer, easy, keto, low carb
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 226kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons Labneh
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill finely chopped
  • 4 slices of smoked salmon approximately 3.5 ounces
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger zested
  • 2 English cucumbers

Instructions

  • Combine the Labneh, minced garlic, grated ginger, and finely chopped dill in a bowl. Mix well until all the ingredients are evenly incorporated.
  • Vertically peel the cucumbers to create long, thin slices using a peeler.
  • Pat them dry with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture.
  • Spread a generous amount of the Labneh mixture onto each cucumber layer. Make sure to cover the entire surface.
  • Place the smoked salmon slices on top of the Labneh mixture on each cucumber slice. This will add a delicious and savory flavor to the rolls.
  • Carefully roll up each cucumber ribbon, starting from one end. Continue rolling until you reach the other end, creating mini cucumber rolls.
  • Use toothpicks or cocktail sticks to secure the rolls. Insert them into the rolls, making sure they hold everything together.
  • Arrange the smoked salmon and Labneh cucumber rolls on a serving platter.
  • If desired, you can garnish them with additional dill sprigs.

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Nutrition

Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 662mg | Potassium: 1127mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 702IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 177mg | Iron: 2mg

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