Smoked Salmon Dip

Want to impress without too much fuss in the kitchen? This simple dip made with just a quarter-pound of silky smoked salmon is perfect for entertaining and goes with everything from cucumbers to crackers.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 15 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: about 2 cups
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8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

1/3 cup buttermilk or regular whole milk

1/2 teaspoon lemon zest plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice (from 1 lemon)

2 tablespoons horseradish, drained well

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

4 ounces smoked salmon, finely minced (about a packed 1/2 cup) 

1 tablespoon fresh dill fronds, finely chopped

4 sprigs fresh chives, thinly sliced

Sliced cucumbers, quartered radishes, sliced bell peppers and/or crackers, for serving 


  1. Whisk together the cream cheese, buttermilk or regular milk, lemon zest, lemon juice, horseradish and a large pinch of salt and pepper in a medium bowl until smooth. Fold in the smoked salmon, dill and chives until completely combined. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper if needed. Transfer to a small serving bowl and serve with vegetables and/or crackers.