Who doesn’t love a good charcuterie board? The assembly of a variety of smoked or and carefully cured meat products, accompanied by a fine selection of additional snackable finger food items can be the ultimate dinner party or event accessory. A good charcuterie board can make a long-lasting impression. So let’s expand our horizons and try a smoked SALMON charcuterie board!
A smoked salmon charcuterie board puts a unique twist on the traditional cheese or charcuterie board for your next event. We personally like the idea of creating smoked salmon charcuterie board for breakfast events, brunch, or even an Asian or sushi themed event. The rich flavor of the smoked fish complemented by an assortment of other ingredients is a great way to wow your guests and give your party that little something special.
Ready to get adventurous with your next charcuterie board? Here’s how you can put together a smoked salmon charcuterie board that will make your taste buds tingle!
How To Make An Epic Smoked Salmon Charcuterie Board:
Start with a high quality smoked salmon.
Smoked salmon might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re thinking about assembling a charcuterie board. Since most of them use pork-based products such as salami and prosciutto. However, the refreshing taste of cold-smoked salmon and the intense flavor of hot-smoked salmon can add an extra layer of depth to your charcuterie board. Salmon also pairs incredibly well with most accompaniments, such as crackers and cream cheese! It can make for the perfect combination you never knew you needed. But, trust us, you will soon realize what a wonderful thing you have been missing out on!
The most important thing when choosing a salmon for your charcuterie board is to choose a high-quality, super nutritious, flavorful, and of course sustainable salmon. We personally recommend Oshēn Salmon which can be delivered directly to your door. You can learn how to cold smoke salmon HERE.
Choose the right board, dishes, & tools.
How you display your salmon charcuterie board can make all the difference. Choose a beautiful board or slate. Then choose matching dishes for your spreads, nuts, toasts, etc. Make sure to also choose spoons or knives that are smaller. We love forks for people to be able to easily fork their smoked salmon onto their own plate of toast.
Choose flavors that pair well together.
Making a charcuterie board requires a lot of attention to detail! You have to make sure that the flavors go well together to avoid any clashes between them. Assuring that your accompaniments pair well with your meat is also crucial when assembling your charcuterie board.
Taste preferences vary according to each person but feel free to use the guide below as a starting point for your next smoked salmon charcuterie board. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try out different flavors, too!
What to include on a smoked salmon charcuterie board:
Let’s dive right into the crackers. Getting a variety of different cracker flavors can go a long way when assembling a charcuterie board. Artisan crackers, simply salted, or everything flavored crackers are a classic baseline that pair well with most accompaniments and spreads. Getting gluten-free and buttered crackers aren’t a bad idea either if you’re looking to maximize the variety of your board.
You just can’t go wrong with toast, it’s a crucial addition to any charcuterie board out there.
Bagels are also perfect for a salmon charcuterie board since they pair nicely with most spreads. Getting toasted sourdough bread, bagels, or breadsticks are great options to add a little crunch to the meal. We also recommend you find mini bagels or mini toasted bread slices. These are better for the finger food style of a charcuterie board. You can find them at almost any grocery store or food market.
Having at least three different cheeses on your charcuterie board can help with building a nice variety. But the bigger the board, the more cheese you need. Getting soft cheeses like Neufchatel cheese, brie, and cream cheese is an amazing way to pair them with the smoked salmon! We also definitely recommend you try some sort of cheese spread. You can do plain cream cheese, or something flavored and more elevated. For example perhaps a creme fraîche with dill.
Hummus or olive paste.
Cream cheese doesn’t have to be the only spread included in your smoked salmon charcuterie board. Hummus is a tasty, and healthier, option to add to the assembly. Olive paste, whether it’s made from black or green olives it’s up to you, are also fantastic ingredients to pair with a slice of delicious smoked salmon on top of toast.
A broad mix of fruits and vegetables.
Adding an assortment of vegetables and fruits to the mix makes the board look and taste a lot more complete. Sliced cucumber, chopped onions, celery, and carrots are great vegetable choices. For fruits, sliced avocado, sliced tomatoes, zesty pomegranates, and other summer fruits are perfect to pair with smoked salmon. Dates are always a classic, as well, so consider including this delicacy in your assembly. We definitely recommend you include lemon. Lemon is a staple when it comes to smoked salmon. Your guests will love it!
Try a hard-boiled egg for some extra protein.
Eggs are a fan-favorite, there’s no doubt about that. You can prepare very thin slices of hard-boiled eggs to pair with the smoked salmon, vegetables, and spreads of your charcuterie board in case you wish to add more protein to your meal. If you’re not into eggs, you can also try sliced or cubed chicken or turkey.
Even the smallest details can completely elevate your smoked salmon charcuterie board. Try a little dill, rosemary, thyme, or chimes to include a colorful and aromatic detail to your board. It’s a simple yet classy touch.
The Traditional Charcuterie Board Items
Don’t be afraid to include the traditional cheese and charcuterie board items on your salmon charcuterie. Salami, prosciutto, jamón, peppers, honey, flavored or unflavored nuts, dijon mustard, and of course all the cheeses! These all accompany salmon beautifully and give your guests something familiar to choose from.
What would you put on your charcuterie board with smoked salmon?
We hope this guide has helped you gather some inspiration for your next culinary endeavor. Smoked salmon charcuterie boards are versatile, flavorful, and perfect for sharing a delicious meal with your loved ones. With such a broad variety of food components and a variety of flavor combinations, there’s no limit to what you can achieve by assembling one yourself! Also, definitely let us know in the comments below what you would include in your charcuterie board! Finally, for more smoked salmon recipes see this list of smoked salmon appetizers.