Smoked Salmon and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

So I was just listening to the news on the television and I heard these words, “Look for record breaking temperatures in the low 100’s this coming week.” Are you serious? Now I know these temps are the norm for some of you in various parts of the US, but for us Ohioans, this is HOT, scorching hot. And it makes me want to nothing more than lounge around in the air conditioning sipping a Frozen Cherry Mojito.

I don’t know about you, but when it’s this hot, food is certainly not the first thing on my mind – especially heavy foods. So this week, I’m going to try to feature a variety of light recipes that are quick, simple and don’t require extensive cook times. And don’t worry, I have two delicious desserts that also fit into this easy-breezy category.

I have a thing for bread – give this girl a baguette and some cheese and I’m good to go. So when thinking of recipes for this week, I naturally thought I’d take some help from the market and let them do the baking.

This recipe was inspired by a pricey appetizer at a high end steak house and if I’m being honest, I like my version a little better. It requires less than 6 ingredients and comes together in about 20 minutes, which is perfect for when you really feel like hanging out in the kitchen all day.

Cream cheese and goat cheese are combined with garlic and fresh chives to create a deliciously creamy and flavorful spread to top toasted slices of baguette. Finish it off with smoked salmon and you’ve got yourself a sophisticated and delicious appetizer that’s perfect for a weeknight at home or casual weekend entertaining.

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Smoked Salmon and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Yield: 4-6 servings


8 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 ounces goat cheese, softened
1 clove of garlic
1 tablespoon finely chopped chives
salt and pepper to taste
12 slices of baguette
softened butter


1. In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the cream cheese, goat cheese, garlic and chives. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

2. Preheat oven or toaster oven to 400 degrees. Lightly butter one side of the pieces of baguette and arrange butter side down on a baking sheet. Bake the baguette until lightly toasted, about 5-7 minutes. You can also grill the bread, just keep your eye on it so it doesn’t burn.

3. Allow the bread to cool slightly. Slather on a layer of the goat cheese spread and top with smoked salmon and garnish with chives.

27 Responses to “Smoked Salmon and Goat Cheese Bruschetta”

  1. Tracy — July 17, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    We’re just a little east of you over here in NY, and I just heard about the upcoming heat wave too. I’m definitely adding this to my list of things to make this week to try to beat the heat!


  2. Karinvd — July 17, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Ah, there is nothing I love more than smoked salmon I think. I used to love chocolate more, but lately I am more a savory kind of gal. And oh my, this looks delicious. I am lying in bed with my laptop, going to sleep in a minute, but now I am tempted to get out of bed and make some of these :)


  3. Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — July 17, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    This looks awesome! I am definitely going to make this the next time I need an appetizer recipe. I love smoked salmon.


  4. Mellie — July 17, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    This looks AMAZING! French bread is the best.


  5. Casey@Good. Food. Stories. — July 17, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    I’m so with you on the bread and cheese thing. That, or cheese and crackers, is often my dinner for one on supremely lazy nights.


  6. Divya Yadava — July 17, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    These look delicious! Beautiful pics too.


  7. Maris(In Good Taste) — July 17, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    This cheese combination is fabulous! Perfect for a hot summer night


  8. Courtney — July 17, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    You know, I’ve never tried something like this. Of course I’ve tried cheese and bread, but not the salmon. Sounds delish!


  9. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — July 17, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    I love smoked salmon, and what a great summer treat.


  10. Katrina — July 18, 2011 at 12:34 am

    This is so professional looking! Wonderful recipe!


  11. Lauren at Keep It Sweet — July 18, 2011 at 6:51 am

    I love this as an appetizer or even just a snack! Actually, I’d eat it for breakfast, too:-)


  12. Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — July 18, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Great appetizer and I love the presentation, too!


  13. Atria — July 18, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Hello There.
    I’ve just found your blog and its just.. awesome! Really!
    I love pictures, layout, recipies.. I’d like to mention that goat cheese and salmon are one of my favourite combination of flavours..
    Greetings from Poland:)


  14. MICHAEL BLACK — July 18, 2011 at 12:34 pm



  15. Savorique — July 18, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Salmon is my favorite fish. Chives? Check! Nothing’s missing here. Simple is better.


  16. Pretty. Good. Food. — July 18, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous photos! This is definitely a favorite combination of mine. Although, anything with goat cheese and I’m in :)


  17. Amanda — July 18, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    This sounds/looks/is amazing. Plus I am DYING over that gorgeous round cutting bored!!! You have such a great eye!


  18. Ann — July 18, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Beautiful! I’m allergic to salmon so I can’t indulge, but paired with goat cheese? Yummy!


  19. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — July 20, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Perfectly simple… This is the kind of cooking I’ve been doing lately due to the heat. Looks like my kind of dinner right now!


  20. Steph — June 28, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Hi, ok so I just made these, and no surprise- they’re awesome awesome awesome. I just want to give my two-cents:

    1. It says “lightly toasted” on the baguette but I would recommend toasting it entirely to get a hearty crunch. The spread and the salmon are both so soft, so when my bread was also kind of soft it made for a very mushy bite of food:/
    2. If you are an obsessive fan of goat cheese like I am, I would omit the cream cheese entirely. I was disappointed in the loss of delicious goat cheese taste when it mixed with the cream cheese.
    3. Don’t plan on kissing anyone after eating these!! hahah. Soo delicious though.

    Will definitely continue to make these, next time with a glass of chilled dessert wine!


  21. Wendy — July 3, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    The list of ingredients doesn’t list the salmon, about how much did you use, or did you just eyeball it?


    • Jamie — July 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      Thanks for stopping by. You can totally use your judgement on the amount of smoked salmon you use. I hope you enjoy it.

  22. Dave — September 3, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Made these this morning! I usually just serve the salmon on a bagel with cream cheese but the goat cheese gives it quite a unique taste. Love it.


    • Jamie — September 4, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      I am so glad to hear you enjoyed the bruschetta – thanks for coming back and letting us know the recipe was a success in your kitchen! Have a great day.

  23. Julia | — October 10, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    This would also make such a great breakfast addition!


  24. Todd Sinclair — June 16, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    I may be late to the game here. But where is the smoked salmon on this recipe? How much to buy?


    • Jamie — June 18, 2015 at 5:50 pm

      You can totally use your judgement on the amount of smoked salmon you use. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by.


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