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Smoked Salmon Tartare on Cucumber Rounds by Alex Hitz

Smoked Salmon Tartare on Cucumber Rounds

These elegant hors d’oeuvres are quick to make and always popular. It doesn’t hurt and they look wonderful; the green of the cucumber is so pretty with the pink salmon flecked with chopped fresh green dill. This is one of the few recipes for which I insist on Perfect Homemade Mayonnaise, as it makes a huge difference in the subtle combination of flavors and textures.




YIELD: 16 to 20 hors d’oeuvres


2 fresh, medium-size unpeeled cucumbers
8 ounces best-quality smoked salmon, diced
3 tablespoons mayonnaise (preferably my Perfect Homemade Mayonnaise)
1 tablespoon minced shallots
2 tablespoons chopped roasted pecans
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, plus more for garnish
Coarsely ground black pepper
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice



  • Use a kitchen fork to score the cucumbers lengthwise (for decoration) all the way around, and then slice them into ½-inch thick discs.

  • Using a rubber spatula, combine the salmon, mayonnaise, shallots, pecans, dill, pepper, and lemon juice together in a medium mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly. Using a 1-teaspoon measuring spoon, place a dollop of the salmon mixture on each cucumber round. Garnish it with a small sprig of fresh dill.



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