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I wanted to make something pretty but fast. Something healthy but yummy. Something that says, OH, wow, that was good! What was in there? I love bagels and lox, capers, the whole bit. One of my favorite stops in the morning in Key West was these bagels. I wanted to recreate that taste without the bread. Something you can pop in your mouth like sushi and say mmmmm. These little smoked salmon towers did just that.


You will need:

  • 1 small cucumber sliced into strips and de-seeded
  • 1 scallion sliced into strips then some tips reserved for garnishing
  • 1 8oz pkg herbed goat cheese
  • 1 4-8oz package of smoked salmon

Let me point out that you can essentially make as many of these as your package allows or stop at your desired number. These ingredients will make quite a bit.

salmont2First, cut the ends off the cucumber and peel the outside with a peeler.

salmont3Slice into quarters like a pickle slice and cut the seeds out like so.

salmont4Start slicing into as many strips as you think you will need. They will be about 1 1/2 inches long and you will use three per roll. Save the remainder for a salad during the week!

salmont5Next slice the scallions

salmont6These you can do a little longer and you will only use one. Remember reserve some of the tips for later.

salmont7Lay out your salmon slice. If the slices seem thin, use two slices per roll. This is two pictured.

salmont8Spread the goat cheese from top to bottom in one thin coat. You don’t want to go overboard as it will be a rolling mess.

salmont9Next add your scallion and cucumber slices like so.

salmont10Now you are ready to roll, It is always easier bottom to top I find rolling away from you.

salmont11Looks like a little tower or flower, you choose. Next you will slice this roll in half, right down the middle.

salmont12Isn’t the inside pretty?


Tastes even better and now you have two towers! Take those remaining scallions and dice the tips.

salmont14salmontfinalDecorate each tower with a little sprinkle.

salmonfinal2salmont15This makes a perfect appetizer and I love the ability to stop when you think enough is enough. These are sure to be a crowd pleaser. So elegant and simple, as well as delicious. But don’t take my word for it! Go make them!