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Healthy Holiday Recipes: Simple Smoked Salmon & Avocado Bites

 The holiday season is all about family, friends and food… especially food!

As a dietitian, I wish I could say it was all about healthy food, but it doesn’t always end up that way.

Don’t worry, I’m not here to ruin your holiday feast. Quite the contrary, I plan to help you make it that much better!

My goal with the holiday recipe series is to provide you with three simple, healthy and delicious recipes that you can feel good about serving your guests and that won’t require hours slaving in the kitchen to put together.

Our hope is that these recipes make their way into your holiday routine and become staples that you know will be an absolute hit.

With that being said, it only makes sense to start where your meal starts, the appetizer.

Using only a few easily accessible ingredients, I’ve whipped together the ultimate holiday appetizer: Smoked Salmon & Avocado Bites.

The Appetizer – Smoked Salmon & Avocado Bites

Appetizers set the tone for the whole evening but, in my experience, they don’t often end up being particularly healthy selections.

People also tend to prepare the same old things they’ve been doing for years.

My hope is that today’s recipe will change all that though.

My Smoked Salmon & Avocado bites are incredibly easy to prepare and require only a few easily accessible ingredients.

Here’s what you need

1 package of Ryvita Crisps (I prefer Sesame Rye)

1 package of Seaweed (I used T&T brand Red Laver, available at Loblaws)

1 bag small avocados, ripe

2 packages of Smoked Salmon ( ~ 250 grams)

Red Pepper Flakes, Parsley & Black Pepper to garnish



  1. Peel and mash avocados for easy spreading
  2. Plate the number of Ryvita crisps you plan to serve
  3. Spread mashed avocado on each crisp
  4. Fold over individual sheets of seaweed length wise and top with a small slice of smoked salmon
  5. Garnish appetizers with red pepper flakes, parsley and black pepper to your tastes.

A healthier, tastier appetizer

In addition to being simple to prepare and absolutely delicious, my salmon &  avocado bites are a great source of fibre, vitamin D, potassium, protein and healthy fats( from both the salmon & the avocado)in addition to a host of other nutrients.

From a combined taste and health perspective, they simply cannot be rivaled!

There is one downside though, they are so good that your guests may not have enough room left for the main course!

Andy De Santis RD MPH

Andy is a Toronto-based private practice dietitian and nutrition writer/blogger. He also holds a master’s degree in public health nutrition from the University of Toronto. If you are interested in learning more about Andy and his services, or you’d like to read more of this nutrition content, you can do so at


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