Chunky Salmon Dip

Chunky Salmon Cucumber Dip

It’s turning out to be a long, hot summer.  We took a vacation in May, but here it is, July and that trip feels like a distant memory.  And there’s still nearly two months of summer left!   Without a weekend getaway in site,  our summer celebrations will be happening in our own back yard, literally.  Luckily, we have a grill and swimming pool (in Florida, pools are as common as a garage)– so that’s almost like vacation, right?  Especially when you’re munching on Chunky Salmon Cucumber Dip.

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smoked salmon, cucumber and dill on a cutting board.

Anytime we’re relaxing and entertaining in the summertime, it’s most often done poolside.  With everyone in their bathing suits, icy drinks in the cooler, music in the background, Scott attending the grill and plenty of tasty bites to chow before the main course.  I like a mix of healthy options along with salty, crunchy nibbles, like pretzels, nuts and chips.  A homemade dip makes it festive.

two bags of potato chips

Cape Cod® Potato Chips are my go-to chip when I’m making dips for a crowd.  They’re sturdy, uber-crunchy and they’ve got the fortitude to stand up to even this chunky salmon cucumber dip.  

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salmon and diced cucumber in a bowl.

If you have a thing for smoked salmon, like we do, you’re going to go ga-ga over this dip.  It only takes a few ingredients and it’s ridiculously easy to make.  Plus it can (and should) be made ahead of time, so you don’t have to fuss at the last minute when you’re having guests.  

Isn’t that what entertaining is all about?  Actually enjoying your company?  With this 10-minute dip and a selection of Cape Cod Potato Chips or those outrageous Kettle Brand Potato Chips, you’ll have something to satisfy everyone’s summer snack cravings.

steps to making smoked salmon dip

Did I mention how quick and simple it is to make?  Only 10 minutes — and that’s if you’re a slow-chopper.  Just add salmon, cream cheese, greek yogurt, lemon and horseradish to your food processor and pulse it until it’s smooth, then stir in the diced cucumber and extra salmon.  

The extra salmon and cucumber gives the dip a chunkier consistency and because half of the salmon is diced, the dip tastes less fishy than some other salmon dips I’ve tried.  

Refrigerate the dip so the flavors can come together — and go work on your music playlist for the party.

Spoon the creamy, chunky dip into serving bowls and sprinkle with the garnish.  

I like to use a little extra cucumber, salmon and dill, so the guests get an idea as to what’s in the dip, but you could switch it up with finely diced red onion, red or yellow bell pepper, and/or some “Everything Bagel” seasoning mix.


Cucumber adds a lovely crunch to this dip, but since cucumber is made mostly of water, it can loosen the consistency of the dip. To combat this, Chop the cucumber and lightly salt it. Lay them on a bed of paper towels for 10-15 minutes to soak up the excess liquid, then add them to the chunky salmon dip.

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Chunky Salmon Cucumber Dip
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5 from 12 votes

Chunky Salmon Dip

This savory salmon dip isn’t too “fishy,” the major complaint for most salmon dips.  That’s because only half of the salmon is pureed.  The rest is finely diced and stirred into the dip.  Finely diced cucumber, lemon juice and dill add freshness.
Author: Lisa Lotts
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword dip
Dietary Restrictions Egg Free, Gluten-Free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8


For Dip

  • 4 ounces smoked salmon (I used Nova)
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (you can use neufchatel to save on calories)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (plus more to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh dill chopped
  • 2 teaspoons horseradish
  • ½ cup english cucumber finely diced


  • english cucumber very finely diced
  • smoked salmon very finely diced
  • fresh dill chopped

Serve With:

  • Cape Cod Potato Chips
  • Kettle Brand Potato Chips
  • Assorted Crudite such as bell pepper, cucumber spears, celery, carrots, etc.
  • red onion very finely diced
  • bell pepper very finely diced
  • sprinkle Everything Bagel Seasoning


  • Finely chop half of the smoked salmon and set aside.
  • Into the bowl of a food processor, combine the remaining smoked salmon, greek yogurt, cream cheese, lemon juice, dill and horseradish.  Process until smooth and creamy.  Taste for seasoning, adding more lemon or horseradish as desired.
  • Transfer the dip to a medium bowl and stir in the finely diced salmon and cucumber.  Chill for several hours so the flavors have a chance to marry. 
  •  Spoon dip into a serving bowl and sprinkle with garnishes – or let the guests choose their own.  Serve with chips and assorted crudite.


Calories: 381kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 199mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 210IU | Vitamin C: 3.3mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Cucumber dip is one of my favorite dips and now I get to add Salmon to it? Now thats a win in my world. It just so happens my sister Brough some fresh caught salmon from Alaska on Sunday so we have been looking for new ways to use our delicious bounty! I can’t wait to make this for her, finally a recipe she hasn’t shown me how to use all that delicious salmon!

  2. 5 stars
    Poolside entertaining is the best and I can’t wait to make this! We love Nova, and I hadn’t thought to use it in a chip dip. What a great idea! Cape Cod and Kettle chips are our favorites…there are 2 bags downstairs in the pantry right now, actually. All they’re missing is this dip!

    1. You’ll have to let me know how you like it, Amanda — put those chips to good use!

  3. Looks like a pretty tasty snack! I love smoked salmon but I’ve never made a dip with it before. The combination of flavours definitely sounds refreshing and tasty, and the perfect accompaniment to a nice crisp kettle chip!

  4. 5 stars
    Ok, I have been experimenting with smoked salmon recently. It took me a bit to convince myself I would like it. The combination of salmon, cucumber and cream cheese works so well. Dill (which I LOVE) just pulls it all together.

    1. Thank you, Gloria! I think this is a classic combination and one I revisit often!

    1. I know – aren’t those the best chips? Thanks, Peter!

  5. 5 stars
    LISSSSAAA!! I LOVE this! I especially love that the base is Greek yogurt- I won’t make cream cheese based dips because then I can only eat one bite, instead of the whole bowl like I want to hahaha. And I happen to have smoked salmon in my freezer, cucumbers growing in my garden, and a love for kettle brand potato chips hahaha. (Also, our vaca was in May too and I want another!)

    1. I want another vaca too! Enjoy the dip, Sarah!

  6. I absolutely adore salmon, but I’ve not been able to eat salmon or sushi for months thanks to being pregnant. Your delicious dip is killing me! I’d give anything to eat it right now. I’m definitely bookmarking this for a few months time when I can revert to my normal eating habits!!

    1. Congratulations on your pregnancy! Believe it or not, you’ll be eating sushi and drinking wine before you know it… With an adorable baby in your arms!

  7. 5 stars
    This sounds so wonderful and fresh for the summer! Kettle Chips are my favorite, and any way I can get more Kettle Chips in my belly is a good thing!

    1. I agree — and chips with dip always feels celebratory to me.

  8. 5 stars
    This looks so good! And this may sounds a bit wild, but I think I may like it in sandwich even, or with some pita bread.

  9. 5 stars
    OMG!!! This looks like heaven to me!! I love that it has smoked salmon in it!!!

  10. Beautiful pictures of this dip, great dip even for some vegetable crudites!

  11. best description for a dipping chip – STURDY. they must be sturdy, because my chip to dip ratio… well… 😉

    my favorite kind of dip for chips like these? spinach dip or some kind of onion dip… or THIS one looks perfect!

    1. OMG – my cousin made a caramelized onion and bacon dip last weekend… I’ll get the recipe from her to share with you!

  12. Jenn - Peas and Crayons says:

    5 stars
    LOVING this dip and cape cod chips are one of our favorites for snacking and dunking! Thanks girly!

    1. Yes, those Cape Cod chips are a constant in our house.

  13. 5 stars
    You know, I’ve never had salmon dip and now I think I’m missing out – big time! I’m going to whip up a batch for our next backyard BBQ! Thanks for sharing! #client

    1. LOL! Yes, you’ll definitely want this for your next BBQ! Enjoy!