Did you know that only 8 percent of people keep their New year’s resolutions? I have a theory about this. Almost every resolution (at least, the ones about diet and eating) involves depriving oneself of something delicious. (for example, “carbs are evil and so I will not eat carbs even though pasta is my favorite thing in the world”). That’s never going to work. Unless you are a masochist.
Instead, how about committing to eating more of something you know is good for you? For example, “I will eat more leafy greens” or “I will eat more salmon.” By eating more of the healthy stuff, you will naturally eat less of the unhealthy stuff and may even discover a love for new foods you wouldn’t have tried otherwise.
Eat more salmon, you say?! Well. I have the perfect thing. Smoked salmon and caper cream cheese toast!
Smoked salmon is one of my favorite foods. It’s not cheap, so it’s something I treat myself to every once in a while. It has all of the health benefits of fresh salmon (it’s high in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B, D, and magnesium, among other things).
Is it weird that I loved smoked salmon when I was a little girl? Um, and sardines? But for some reason, I hated mashed potatoes. Weirdest. Kid. Ever.
Anyway. You’ve probably had the traditional lox and bagel combo- usually topped with cream cheese, sliced red onion, and sometimes capers and tomato. The difference between lox and smoked salmon? Lox is traditionally made from the belly of the salmon, whereas smoked salmon is a more generic term for any part of the fish that has been smoked.
This recipe differs just a little bit from the traditional bagel shop assembly by creating a cream cheese spread that includes all the good stuff- capers, onion, and some light seasonings- so none of it wanders away onto your plate when you take a bite. The cream cheese binds it all together to make it easier to eat and ensure you get all the tasty morsels in every bite.
You could also use a homemade veggie cream cheese as an alternative, if you prefer.
This is a great dish for breakfast, a light lunch or dinner paired with a salad (more leafy greens!), or as an easy appetizer for a get-together on small slices of toasted bread, such as from a baguette.
Smoked Salmon and Caper Cream Cheese Toast
- Mix together softened cream cheese, capers, onion, herbs, and salt and pepper.
- Spread on toasted bread and top with smoked salmon.