Hi Food Tastes Yummy readers! I have a special line up of holiday appetizer recipes coming your way. All brought to you by California Walnuts. As a huge fan of walnuts I just loved the idea of using this nut as a main ingredient in these appetizer recipes. I know a lot of you have asked for more party appetizer ideas so hopefully this will help solve your party dilemma. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

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Makes 15 to 18 pieces

Smoked Salmon Ingredients:
  • 1 cup hot smoked salmon, flaked
  • 1-1/2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 slices rye bread
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted

Walnut Salsa Verde Ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup California walnuts
  • 2 tbsp sweet gherkins, minced
  • 2 tbsp each: chopped fresh dill, mint and parsley
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp capers, minced
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch of red pepper flakes

Combine the salmon, mayonnaise, honey, dijon mustard, shallot and lemon juice in a medium sized bowl and set aside.

In another bowl, combine the walnut salsa verde ingredients.

With a cookie cutter or shot glass and a knife, slice the rye bread into 1-1/2 inch (3.5 cm) rounds and brush each side with melted butter. Toast the rye bread rounds in a non-stick skillet on medium heat until browned on both sides.

Place rye bread toasts on a plate and spoon 1 tbsp (15 ml) of the smoked salmon mixture on top. Follow with 1 tsp (5 ml) of walnut salsa verde.

Garnish each with a sprig of dill.

Serve immediately.

Tip: Smoked salmon can be substituted with canned or leftover baked or grilled salmon. The smoked salmon and walnut salsa verde can be made a day ahead and refrigerated. Cut out rye toast rounds, butter and toast right before serving, or serve on store-bought crostini.




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