New Year’s Appetizer: Smoked Salmon Cheese Balls


I am a huge salmon lover and this appetizer recipe is a great homemade dish worthy of any fine dining experience. I found this recipe from Whole Foods and made it for a recent holiday potluck. It was a hit.

Salmon Cheese Ball

If you love salmon and cheese, then this is a perfect recipe to serve for a holiday get together. It is full of flavor and is surprisingly low calorie for a dip. Only 70 calories per serving. Even better, it is gluten free, low in sugar, and wheat free! Serve with crackers, flat bread, or pita chips.

I’ve added a link to a coupon for the salmon below as well.


Smoked Salmon Cheese Balls Recipe

Makes 2 large cheese balls. Serves 12 to 16.

Ingredients: Salmon Cheese Ball 2

  • 1 (8 oz) pkg Changing Seas Norwegian Smoked Salmon, roughly chopped (Coupon included below!)
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg Neufchatel cheese
  • ¼ cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 green onions, roughly chopped
  • ¾ cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley, divided


  1. Put all ingredients except for parsley into a food processor and pulse until combined, but not perfectly smooth.
  2. Transfer to a bowl, cover, and chill until very cold; about 4 hours.
  3. Arrange half of the parsley on a plate.
  4. Keeping half of the salmon mixture chilled, spoon other half onto parsley, sprinkle parsley over to coat and shape into a ball.
  5. Repeat with remaining parsley and salmon mixture. (If you choose to make smaller cheese balls, keep the cheese mixture very cold and work quickly.)
  6. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts:

Per Serving:70 calories (40 from fat), 4.5g total fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 15mg cholesterol, 240mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0g dietary fiber, 1g sugar), 5g protein

Ready to give it a try? Here is a coupon from Whole Foods to get you started:

$1.00 dollar off 8 oz Changing Seas Smoked Salmon at Whole Foods:

Bon Appetite!

What is your favorite appetizer to bring to parties?


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Jocelyn Lieppman

Jocelyn is a recent college grad who is passionate about writing, traveling, and teaching. Right now, she works as a private tutor in Southern California as she explores her career interests. She spends her free time exploring new places and finding new adventures wherever she goes.


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