Salmon with Capers Appetizer or Sandwich Spread

Salmon with Capers is a quick and elegant appetizer or light sandwich topper.  Poach salmon and combine with a mayonnaise and caper dressing ahead of time, then serve when needed.

Salmon with Capers

It all started Memorial Day weekend.  The guests would be arriving soon, and I was in need of something to serve.  Something easy.  Fridge to table in minutes.  Done!   

Over the past few years, Memorial Day weekend has turned into a surprisingly important holiday in our household. College is out, grade/high school are winding down, and there are Three Whole Days to mark the approach of summer! So everyone is eager to get together and have some fun!  Salmon with Capers is a quick and elegant appetizer or light sandwich topper. Poach salmon and combine with a mayonnaise and caper dressing ahead of time, then serve when needed.

Enter a house full of guests.  Yes, my recent-grad daughter has even decided it’s enough fun to warrant driving 5 ½ hours from Minneapolis!

And it’s not just Memorial Day.  With family spreading out more and more, all the long weekends are becoming reunion time.  Whoda’ thought, a few years back, that 4th of July could be the new Thanksgiving!

All the more fun!

Salmon with Capers is a quick and elegant appetizer or light sandwich topper.  Poach salmon and combine with a mayonnaise and caper dressing ahead of time, then serve when needed.

Poach salmon and mix with dressing ahead of time

Of course, no one wants to put a wet blanket on activities by imposing rigid meal times or heavy preparation requirements.   And did I mention that I come from a family of foodies?  Random deli, tossed on the table, would never do!  

Luckily, this Salmon with Capers Salad, based on a recipe from Food & Wine, was perfect.  Sophisticated yet broadly appealing, you can prepare it ahead of time and serve whenever needed.  Just add it to a plate of artisanal cheese and charcuterie, with thin-sliced French bread and crackers.  Pickled asparagus optional.

Salmon with Capers is a quick and elegant appetizer or light sandwich topper. Poach salmon and combine with a mayonnaise and caper dressing ahead of time, then serve when needed.

And let the mini-golf/biking/bocce begin!  

Salmon with Capers
Yields 8
Salmon with Capers is a quick and elegant appetizer or light sandwich topper. Poach salmon and combine with a mayonnaise and caper dressing ahead of time, then serve when needed.
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Total Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr
186 calories
2 g
40 g
11 g
15 g
2 g
132 g
229 g
1 g
0 g
7 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
132g
Yields
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 186
Calories from Fat 96
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g
17%
Saturated Fat 2g
8%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 40mg
13%
Sodium 229mg
10%
Total Carbohydrates 2g
1%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 15g
Vitamin A
6%
Vitamin C
5%
Calcium
2%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 1 cup water
  2. • 1 cup dry white wine
  3. • 1 pound of salmon, fillet or chopped raw salmon
Dressing
  1. • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  2. • 1 small shallot, or a bunch of chives, minced
  3. • 2 Tablespoons capers, drained
  4. • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  5. • 1 garlic clove, minced
  6. • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice or 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  7. • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  8. • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large frying pan, bring the water and wine to a simmer. Add the salmon and poach over low heat until just cooked. Drain the salmon, move to a plate and refrigerate until cool. If using a fillet, remove any skin and obvious fat, then flake with a fork.
  2. In a large bowl, combine dressing ingredients and mix until blended. Fold in the flaked poached salmon and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Serve with crackers or open-face on French bread
Notes
  1. Can be made the day before and refrigerated until needed.
  2. Double if you are serving a crowd or are short on cheese/charcuterie!
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calories
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fat
11g
protein
15g
carbs
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6 thoughts on “Salmon with Capers Appetizer or Sandwich Spread

    1. Inger Post author

      Interesting observation, but I guess that’s why it works in my family. Yes, you’ll get to experience the “kids with good taste” phenomenon too (which is usually a positive 😉 )

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