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This canape dish is a beautiful recipe for entertaining because of its amazing array of colors and flavors. Smoked salmon and cream cheese is a classic combination that creates the perfect vehicle for this appetizer. Already full of color, the addition of beets and red onion take this recipe up a notch and make it a delight to eat. Beets can be a bit of a polarizing ingredient because you find people either absolutely love them or find them off putting (we love them!), but if you’re at all a proponent of beets and their lovely flavor and color, you’ll go crazy for these crackers!

Salmon And Beet Crackers

Yields approx. 2 dozen


  • 20-24 wholegrain crackers
  • 2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese
  • 6-8 oz. smoked salmon, finely sliced
  • 2-3 peeled and cooked beets
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained


  1. Grate peeled and cooked beets into a medium bowl, then set aside.
  2. Lay crackers out on a flat surface and spoon cream cheese into a piping bag fitted with a star tip. (Or use a Ziploc bag with the corner cut off.)
  3. Pipe a small amount of cream cheese onto each of your crackers. Careful not to add too much or crackers will be overloaded.
  4. Gently press grated beets into the cream cheese so it adheres and doesn’t fall off.
  5. Top beets with 1-2 pieces of very thinly sliced salmon, then garnish with a slice of red onion and a caper.
  6. Continue with remaining crackers, then transfer to a serving platter and chill or serve immediately.