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Salmon and Cream Cheese Flatbread

I made this for our staff potluck last month. The theme was April Fool’s food, but I was far too busy and tired to be creative so I made this instead. Actually, nobody followed the theme except for one person (she made cookie sandwiches that looked like hamburgers), so whoever wrote the theme down on the board should be banned from choosing themes in the future. That’s my two cents so there. Anyway, this recipe is from my friend’s mom, who served them at an engagement party last year. These flatbreads are simple, refreshing, and oh so tasty!

For this recipe, I’ll only be listing the ingredients and directions, without any measurements. Please feel free to add as much or as little of each ingredient as you’d like, depending on your preferences. If you like a lot of cream cheese, slather it on! If not, then a thin layer is the way to go. This goes for all the components of the flatbread. Have fun and enjoy!

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Flatbread


  • smoked salmon
  • whipped cream cheese
  • alfalfa sprouts
  • grape or cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • capers
  • red onion, thinly sliced
  • flatbread (also called lavash)


Set oven to broil. Lightly toast the flatbread for 2-3 minutes. Let cool.

Spread an even layer of cream cheese on the flatbread. Next, sprinkle as many capers as you’d like on it. Layer on the sprouts, tomatoes, red onion, and smoked salmon (in that order) until you’re happy. Cut into squares and enjoy as a light lunch or brunch side dish!

I made these at work in my classroom kitchen. I have amazing lighting in there!

I made these at work in my classroom kitchen. I have amazing lighting in there!

See? Amazing light!

See? Amazing light!

Quick photo shoot before the potluck.

Quick photo shoot before the potluck.

My colleague, who was making his dish in my oven, said that I work out during shooting because I do squats to get the right angles. I am such a multi-tasker! ;)

My colleague said that I work out while taking photos because I do squats to get the right angles. I am such a multi-tasker! πŸ˜‰






  1. CTachera says

    I have tasted most of Patty’s gourmet dishes, and I love it when she makes light dishes only because her other meals are so delicious I can’t stop eating them. She, usually, will twist my arm to take some home. What can I say!!

    • That’s so fun that you actually get to eat her food! I wish I could….I love what she creates!

      • Lori, you must come visit if you’re ever in my neck of the woods! We will cook up a storm together! Okay??

      • That would be SO great! I just know we would have so much fun together Patty!

      • I agree!! So come visit and we’ll hang out! I get to meet Ngan on Saturday at the SF farmer’s market. I’m so excited!

      • Oh wow! How neat! I am so excited for you guys! Where do you live in Cali? It would be fun to see you when you stopped by here, but I know it is a quick stop and you want to see your fambam!

      • I’m in Sacramento! I’m actually going to meet up with another blogger friend while I’m in Portland. So much fun to be meeting up with people in real life! Since we’re not getting back to Seattle until Saturday evening, the only time I will be free is on Sunday before my flight, which leaves in the early afternoon!

      • That’s fun that you will be meeting up with another friend in Portland! Yay! Unfortunately Sunday I will be at church….so wish I could see you! I actually grew up in Grass Valley, Ca not too far away from Sacramento!

      • No, I actually don’t…..but, my hubby and I were thinking about heading that way sometime this summer so I can show him where I grew up. I just told him we would have to go see you! πŸ™‚ He’s up for it! πŸ™‚

      • Eeeek! Yes! We must meet up!! Hopefully you’ll come when I’m in town since I have a couple of trips between June and August! We need to coordinate!

      • Hehehe…:-). That really would be so much fun! Hey, when is your trip to Portland?

      • I so wish there was a way I could see you for even 10 minutes! πŸ™‚ Will you have someone taking care of Bailey? I hope you have so much fun Patty!

      • Me too, Lori!! We will have to make it happen, whether in Seattle or CA! πŸ™‚ Grandma will be taking care of Baybay. I always miss him so much when I’m gone!

      • Sounds good my friend! So glad Grandma will be taking good care of him! I know what you mean…I feel that way about our cat when we have to leave her. I have been known to leave her phone messages….hahahaha!

      • My mom actually left a message once when we were flying back home that said something like, “Calle (that’s our cat’s name), mommy and daddy are on their way home. You need to pick everything up and send your friends home quickly.” Hahaha! My mom is so funny!

  2. Laura says

    You’ve got both mom & gram (cranberry bread) on your blog now. I need to cook for you soon so I can get 3 generations up on the board!

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  4. Oh yum, Patty! These look awesome — never mind that theme bit. I love the combination of salmon and capers and tomatoes. Your classroom kitchen does have great lighting — I could tell from these photos as well as from your previous post about your students frying up some breaded shrimp. Yes, someday, we will all get together for real and cook and eat together….until then though, we’re getting some bombolinis in two days, girl! I’ll email you tomorrow, k? Have a great night!

    • Haha, we’ll go cook in my classroom kitchen so we can take awesome photos! I’m sure my principal won’t mind as long as we invite him and that it’s after school hours! πŸ˜‰ And I am sooo excited for Saturday!! GAH! πŸ˜€ Goodnight, my friend!

  5. Oh, Patty… this looks really delicious!! And the cream cheese?? Yum!! ❀

    Amazing photos, as always!!

    PS: It's good to hear that you'll be meeting with Ngan very soon and with Lori in the future. We are looking forward to seeing the photos. πŸ˜‰

    • Come teach at Yolo and I’ll make you some. Hah! I asked if you wanted me to make one for you and you said noooo. So there.

    • Aggh, how I wish I had more time in Seattle! We’ll be in Portland for a conference and will only be in Seattle for less than 24 hours! We need to get together and have a calamari fest, Stacey!!

  6. Patty, these look gorgeous. Delicious combination of flavours. I can’t believe that you just shot them in your classroom! Such beautiful light. X

    • Selma, I want to do all my food photography in there now! The windows are frosted so I don’t even have to worry about harsh lighting or shadows!

  7. Patty.. What a beautiful flatbread.. I love the ingredients.. They’re all perfect for each other! You are not kidding.. That is perfect lighting for photos.. You have that talent for taking absolutely beautiful photos!! You could take them in pitch darkness.. And they’d come out perfect!! πŸ™‚
    Seriously though, I love this recipe. It’s a perfect dish to take to a party… Or to make and sit out on the porch on a summers evening with a glass of wine… Just lovely…

  8. This looks like such a perfect recipe for a potluck! Agree with Prudy above, its great lighting, but its also your photography skills that are amazing!! Wow!!

  9. It seems if everyone is in agreement on this one Patty: delicious food and perfect photos! My, oh my, I would love a wedge of this right now! This looks the perfect dish to grace an Easter Brunch, Mother’s Day or who am I kidding…any day πŸ™‚ So simple to prepare, yet gorgeous and delicious results!

  10. Hi Patty! This looks so good! I don’t care for Salmon (can never find it prepared to my liking) But this, it looks like something I would surely find delicious! Your pictures are always so pretty!

    • Arlene, add BACON instead of the salmon! Or just keep it vegetarian! πŸ˜€ Thanks for the compliment about the photos. Sometimes I want to pull my hair out when they don’t turn out the way I want! πŸ˜‰

  11. Capers always for the win. How elegant is this, but so simple and easy?! I love it. I’m planning to try your (Greg’s) homemade alfredo this weekend, I can’t wait! Also, that strawberry cupcake recipe I was talking to you about a few weeks ago is finally up!

    You have inspired me to get so much better at photography. Or to at least start using better tools! This phone camera is just not cutting it anymore, thanks to the example you set! πŸ™‚

    • Aww, Lina, you are so sweet! I can’t wait to check out those cupcakes of yours. And you’ll have to tell me how your pasta turns out. If it’s too rich for your liking, you can thin it out with some of the pasta water! Or just use half and half instead! πŸ˜€ It also sounds like you’re ready for a camera upgrade? Oohwhee!

      • I sure am Patty! Ive been doing a little research, but feel no closer. Any suggestions for a first camera, not too expensive, for someone with zero knowledge πŸ™‚

  12. Absolutely gorgeous, Patty! I love everything about this recipe, and it’s easy! It doesn’t get much better than that! And wow, I want some of that light!

    • Julianna, I’m trying to figure out how to do more cooking shots in my classroom now! Either that or install those same windows in my house! πŸ˜‰

  13. I love your combination of ingredients and served on flatbread – how perfect as it is definitely a great recipe for lunch, dinner or even as an appetizer. Like Juliianna I wish I had more natural light. Have a great week πŸ™‚

  14. Wow! These look so good, Patty. So easy, quick, fresh & clean. Love the pictures and your colleagues comment on working out πŸ˜‰

  15. Such gorgeous and bright pictures Patty. Why am I not surprised ;)?
    And Yeh best part is that the recipe is simple but elegant and can be so well adapted :).

  16. Patty patty…sighs…again making something delicious and I CAnNOt believe that I was not following your blog already, OMG one of my childlren must have unfollowed me or something, shall i go and spank them, or maybe the dogs…sighs. Beautiful post as always and no I am NOT going to attempt it…hehe xxx huggles x

    • What?! You weren’t following me, Justine!? OMG I am going to be butthurt forever. How can I ever get over this?! SIGH. πŸ˜‰ Huggles!! β™‘β™‘β™‘

      • I spanked Teddy’s bott bott because he was the only person who didn’t deny it and I only tapped his bottom really as I don’t want it falling out jabs. Actually I end up unfollowing a lot of people by mistake as I use my reader in my phone and if I want to go to the persons blog their name is right by the follow button and simetimes I have to press the name a few times before it works and inadvertently unfollow or follow someone it’s very annoying xx

    • I’m so glad I started using my macro for food shots. And all because my lazy butt didn’t want to change out lenses one day. πŸ˜‰

  17. Patty, you just blow me away, each time with your beautiful, beautiful photography!!! I am just so inspired each time I have a look at your posts, the composition of the food and the use of the light, so dreamy! Thank you! πŸ˜‰

  18. These pictures came out really beautiful. You could probably make cardboard look edible.
    Sometimes my favorite recipes are those which list only the ingredients because they allow your own senses and personal taste to be your guide. Thanks for sharing.

    • Meghan, that’s so funny. We could dress up the cardboard with plenty of frosting and slivered almonds. I think that would be a good flavor combo! πŸ˜‰

  19. Just to repeat what the others have said, awesome lighting!! And I wish I lived closer to you guys so we could have a Fiesta Friday meet up, which would be a blast! πŸ˜€

    • I didn’t learn to like sprouts until a few years ago. I used to pick them out of everything! I’ll send a few stacks right on over, Laura! πŸ˜€

  20. I love lox. This looks outstanding… a perfect lunch with a green salad. πŸ™‚ I don’t eat cow’s milk cheese, but I’ll try this with a smooth and creamy chevrΓ© for brunch soon. Have you made your own lavash before? I’d love to try a recipe if you have one.

    • Shanna, that would be delicious! Especially with the richness of the salmon. Yum. I’ve never made my own lavash. I have a horrible fear of making bread and pie crusts. I don’t understand the concept of kneading. I am afraid I won’t know when to stop and I hate dry bread. I think I shall try to conquer my fear this summer. I’ll have more time to experiment then!

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