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Smoked Salmon Roses with Endive and Creme Fraiche on a round white plate

Smoked Salmon Roses with Endive and Creme Fraiche

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This elegant platter of smoked salmon roses is perfect for any upcoming holiday breakfast, brunch or cocktail party. Healthy, low carb and scrumptious!

These Smoked Salmon Rolls are a beautiful addition to a Smoked Salmon Platter!

Smoked Salmon Roses with Endive and Creme Fraiche on a round white plate

Elegant Smoked Salmon Roses

You will nearly always find smoked salmon in my fridge. But I only do these fancy, schmancy smoked salmon roses when I have girlfriends over for breakfast or brunch. For a full fledged party, I go whole hog and serve these smoked salmon roses or smoked salmon rolls with endive and creme fraiche for a truly sophisticated presentation.

When I hosted a coffee recently, one of my friends decided this was something she could do (and you could, too!). She’s definitely capable of creating a smoked salmon platter for her guests. This is also a terrific low-carb appetizer for a cocktail party. It’s certainly one platter I’d gravitate towards when sipping on a chilled glass of wine.

Smoked salmon roses- arranged on a white serving plate with endive, creme fraiche, capers and red onion

Tips for Making Salmon Roses

Often I make smoked salmon platters for breakfasts and brunches, especially when I have company or overnight guests. Years ago, while having breakfast at the Woodstock Inn in Vermont, I was served smoked salmon with the cream cheese and accouterments displayed in endive leaves. I thought it was so elegant, and tucked away the idea for use at home.

  • To make the salmon roses, use thin slices of lox or the brined, cold smoked salmon that you’d buy for bagels.
  • I slice the salmon pieces lengthwise to get two roses from every slice. If the slice is super short, as the last slices tend to be, use two per rose. 
  • I roll each slice into a cylinder, from one of the short sides to the other, keeping the flat edge level to form the base of the “rose.”
  • Once all the roses are rolled, arrange them in the middle of a round serving plate.
  • Then place endive cups around the salmon rolls, fill with a dollop of creme fraiche and sprinkle with drained capers and minced red onion. Fresh dill is another beautiful addition to your platter.
  • To make your endive cups sit flat, you may need to cut a thin slice off the bottom so it’s level.
  • Feel free to use softened cream cheese instead of creme fraiche if it’s easier for you to locate, that’s what I did for years.
  • I often provide baguette slices or mini bagels for those who want a more substantial nibble with your smoked salmon platter.

Our Progressive Eats Cocktail Party

For this month’s Progressive Eats, an on-line progressive dinner party, I was to share an appetizer. I typically grab some puff pastry, wrap some brie or make some pesto palmiers. But for this pre-Halloween gathering, I thought some healthy fare was in order.

You’ll want to check out all the terrific cocktails, appetizers, and dessert bites created especially for this bash. You’ll find plenty of inspiration for your next party.

Close view of Smoked Salmon Roses with Endive and Creme Fraiche on a smoked salmon plater

Welcome to another edition of Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a progressive dinner party. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats, a theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out.

Here are this month’s splendid recipes:




Progressive Eats Logo*Note: I used California Endive in this recipe, a quality brand that is always top-notch.


Smoked Salmon Roses with Endive and Creme Fraiche

Smoked Salmon Roses with Endive and Creme Fraiche

This elegant platter of smoked salmon roses is perfect for any upcoming holiday breakfast, brunch or cocktail party. Healthy, low carb and, most importantly, scrumptious!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 10 servings


  • 16 ounces thinly sliced smoked salmon, 2-3 small packages
  • 8 ounces creme fraiche
  • 3 heads endive
  • 1/4 small red onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons capers


  1. Cut strips of salmon lengthwise and roll into rosettes. Place in center of round serving platter. Surround salmon with leaves of endive…like petals of a sunflower. Using a one teaspoon cookie disher or measuring spoon, scoop out rounds of cream cheese and place on endive leaves. Sprinkle arrangement with diced onion and capers. Serve with bagels or sliced baguettes.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 endive cups

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 147Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 983mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 9g


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46 comments on “Smoked Salmon Roses with Endive and Creme Fraiche”

  1. I love the look of these and they’re also some of my favourite ingredients! And yes, it looks very friendly to make to, especially if a second round is called for. Yes, I can see a boat of this and a baguette slice in one hand and an ice cold champs in the other. And it looks so pretty too. Wonderful!! The other recipes on the dinner party list sounds amazing also! Yum. 🙂

  2. These roses really fancy.. Elegant and yummy!

  3. How fun! This is a gorgeous presentation Liz:@)

  4. This is such a gorgeous platter! I love the salmon roses with endives – this would be definitely be the star at any holiday party 🙂 <3 it !

  5. This is gorgeous!! It would put any of my appetizer plates to shame.

  6. What a beautiful presentation Liz – I just love it! We’re hosting a book signing party in a few weeks and I know this would be a hit!

  7. So easy to prepare but such pop in the presentation! Just lovely, Liz. It reminds me of a big sunflower. I also adore that you finished it off with capers! YUM!!!

  8. I’ve been having trouble with my comments going through and wanted to stop back by to let you know that I loved the pretty presentation of your smoked salmon dish.

  9. What a beautiful and inventive presentation for smoked salmon and endive. I’ve got to put this on my must make list for our Christmas Party.

  10. Liz!!! oh my goodness!!! I LOVE this!!! so stunning and beautiful . . and delicious!! My dad loves smoked salmon. . I’m going to have to make this as an app for Thanksgiving!!! love and soooo pretty!!!

  11. Liz, this is absolutely gorgeous! What a perfect presentation!!!! I love smoked salmon, and want to do this for a party now 🙂

  12. Elegant, gorgeous, delicious! Need I say more?

  13. This looks gorgeous! Perfect for an elegant evening with wine!

  14. oh my gosh it could not be prettier and I love the cream fraiche with it! Awesome

  15. simply delicious with absolutely elegant presentation!!!

  16. Delish, perfect for brunch and this is just gorgeous…like a sun.

  17. Elegant is the word! So pretty too!!

  18. So chic Liz ! Love the presentation, is a great idea ! It’s a nice idea for Christmas time 😉

  19. Your appetizer display is absolutely lovely!

  20. That’s the most attractive plate of delicious food. I like that you serve the bread alongside.

  21. Hi Liz, what a fabulous appetizer, it’s beautiful and delicious!

  22. Elegant as always, Liz. <3

  23. Liz, that is so beautiful, and healthy too.

  24. Beautifully done! Love how decorative this is!

  25. That is so beautiful, Liz. It’s just gorgeous. I love your salmon roses and the endive leaves are a great way to serve the salmon. This entire platter would be such a scene-stealer. Not only that, the flavours are a winning combination – creme fraiche, salmon and capers work so well together xx

  26. This definitely merits a comment and way-to-go,Liz – high-five. I am wondering if I can so this or would I do it and it would look amateurish (Is that a word?) The ingredients are simple enough to buy and, you’re right, much of it is already in my fridge. Maybe when the holidays get closer, I will visit this Post again and try to copy this beautiful looking food platter.

  27. Sooo pretty, Liz. Lovely for a special occasion. (Endive is super duper expensive but oh, so very elegant.)

  28. How very beautiful, Liz! Well done. I wish I liked endives.

  29. What an elegantly beautiful presentation of a delicious appetizer!

  30. Lizzy,
    This dish looks so pretty. I’ve never had smoked salmon but this would certainly tempt me.

  31. Liz, not only are you incredibly elegant, chic and stylish but your appetizer trays are too! This is just gorgeous! I need to take some party planning tips from you – I’d have just ripped the plastic wrap off my smoked salmon and forced my guests to try ‘n peel the pieces apart by themselves 😉 This looks beautiful and delicious!

  32. What an elegant dish… beautifully done by an elegant lady. 🙂

  33. Elegant is putting it mildly Liz!

  34. The rosettes are so pretty! I love smoked salmon, and I would make a beeline to this platter at a cocktail party.

  35. Hey Liz, I made this too in 2013 for my party when I stumbled upon the pretty photo while I was googling for ideas. Don’t recall the link, but I used Philidelphia Cheese instead. Yours looks real nice too!

  36. Such a creative and beautiful work of art!

  37. such a creative pretty platter and work of art!

  38. This platter looks fabulous! so pretty!

  39. They look so elegant! Perfect for a dinner party!!

  40. Delicious and gorgeous! I tested this over the weekend for Easter. It is a winner. On the menu for Easter brunch!

  41. This is a beauty and everyone goes crazy for it! 

  42. Thank you so much for the tips! This is really pretty!!

  43. Love how simple but impressive these are!

  44. Such a stunning dish! Almost too pretty to eat…almost.

  45. This will really wow your party guests!

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