Vital Choice - Wild Seafood & Organics
Click to Call
BLACK FRIDAY & BEYOND SALE
15% OFF STOREWIDE
Use Code BFNX20 thru Dec 2, 2020
Easy, Alluring Nova Lox Appetizers
Three smoked sockeye appetizers you can whip up in minutes

Image of Nova Lox on toast with text Easy, Alluring Nova Lox AppetizersWelcome to Vital Choice at Home!

 
This series features me, Michelle – a writer and soccer mom from the Rocky Mountains – my husband and two kids, some beautiful Vital Choice seafood and lots of regular home cooking.
 
(Click here to learn more about me, below.)
 
I want to feature the products and preparations you're curious about.
 
Have a suggestion? Question? Recipe you want me to test?
 
Email me and help to shape this series.
 

 
As we head into the holidays, it's great to have a quick, delicious, – and unusually healthful – appetizer in your back pocket.
 
Recently, I tested three no-cook appetizers, all featuring Vital Choice Sockeye Salmon Nova Lox, all excellent, and with not a bagel or caper in sight.
 
I've made many yummy dishes with Vital Choice seafood, but this may have been my tastiest experiment to date.
 
In the interest of culinary science, I timed myself while making these. I put together all three and got the dishes done in under an hour – not bad!
 
If you have Vital Choice nova lox on hand, I promise you can whip these up in just minutes and socialize at the same time!
 
You can either get 4-oz packages of lox, or their large, 26-oz. lox fillets
 
Appetizer #1 – Cucumber boats with nova lox and tomato
This light and refreshing appetizer is crunchy, fresh and beautiful to look at as well. I used little English cucumbers for this recipe, but regular small pickling-type cucumbers would also work.
 
One 4 oz. package of sockeye nova lox is enough for four, and this recipe is easily doubled or tripled.
 
You can serve this with a dab of sour cream and pumpernickel triangles or some other high-fiber bread to catch the extra bits of filling.
 
4 small English cucumbers
2 tomatoes
Fresh basil
Salt and pepper
8 small slices pumpernickel bread
Sour cream
  1. Halve each small cucumber lengthwise and scrape out the seeds to create small boats.
  2. Cut the salmon into ½ inch squares, seed and dice the tomatoes and finely chop 3-4 few basil leaves.
  3. Gently stir the salmon, tomato and basil with a dash of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Fill each boat with the salmon mixture and serve with a dab of sour cream and pumpernickel triangles. My rating: 3½ out of 4 stars 
Appetizer #2 – Nova lox and avocado toasts
If you have time to make toast, you have time to make this delicious appetizer (which would also make a really tasty healthy snack).
This comes together in just minutes and is rich in healthy fats and flavor. I used a spelt and flax high-fiber bread for a little extra nutrition. Pick a sliced bread of your choice!
 
8 slices whole grain bread
2 avocados
1 lemon
Ground cumin
Salt and pepper
½ red onion
  1. Toast the whole grain bread and thinly slice the red onion.
  2. Scoop the flesh out of the avocados and mash gently with a fork. Season with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, a dash or two of ground cumin, salt and pepper.
  3. Top each toast with mashed avocado and top with a slice of salmon and garnish with thinly sliced red onion and a bit of lemon zest.
My rating: 4+ out of 4 stars
 
Appetizer #3 – Kettle chips (or sliced veggies) with lemon crème fraîche and nova lox
This creative "recipe” – inspired by a preparation from Bon Appétit magazine – takes 2-3 minutes to make and is remarkably scrumptious.

If you'd rather avoid potato chips – which are really not healthy – you could substitute slices of cucumber or zucchini.

One tip: to prepare the chives, try snipping them with scissors instead of using a chef's knife. I find this is gentler on the chives and quicker and easier.
 
Sea salt and black pepper
Kettle chips
½ cup crème fraîche
Zest of ½ lemon
4 oz. fresh chives
  1. Combine the crème fraîche and lemon zest.
  2. Gently chop or snip the fresh chives.
  3. Cut the smoked salmon slices into ½-inch to 1-inch pieces. 
  4. Dab a bit of crème fraîche on a chip, top with a piece of salmon and sprinkle on some chives. Enjoy!
My rating: 4 out of 4 stars
 

 
A Note from Michelle
 
Like you, I have a passion for beautiful-yet-healthy food that's easy to prepare.
 
 
 
While I do love making the occasional "fancy” dinner, most of the time I'm short on time and have a house full of hungry people who want to eat NOW.
 
I'm not a professional chef – just a busy mom who loves to cook and who's focused on that intersection of healthy and delicious.
 
I want this series to feature the products and preparations you're curious about.
 
 
 
 
Have a suggestion? Question? Recipe you want me to test?
 
 
 
 
Email me and help to shape this series.
 
Check out these customer favorites

WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING:
quote-icon
I would not buy my fish from anywhere but Vital Choice…I’m so happy to have a source for great tasting, healthy fish.
quote-icon
WHAT HEALTH & NUTRITION EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
quote-icon
Vitalchoice.com is my favorite source for wild Alaskan salmon, sablefish, sardines, and other fish rich in omega-3s... I can't tell you how many messages I get from people thanking me for recommending Vital Choice.
quote-icon
WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING:
quote-icon
Simply put Vital Choice offers the best seafood and related products available. We have always recommended Vital Choice to clients, friends, and family. As health practitioners we value the sustainable practices and trust this company implicitly!
quote-icon
WHAT THE MEDIA IS SAYING:

quote-icon We’ve done the work for you to find the healthiest meat products on the market. quote-icon

WHAT HEALTH & NUTRITION EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
quote-icon
Unlike anything you've seen from the grocery store…I recommend Vital Choice—my personal favorite for delicious, fresh, healthy, and completely safe canned tuna and salmon.
quote-icon
WHAT THE MEDIA IS SAYING:
quote-icon
Vital Box captures the fresh-caught quality of succulent, sustainably harvested Alaskan salmon and northwest Pacific seafood by cleaning and flash-freezing it within hours of harvest.
quote-icon
WHAT HEALTH & NUTRITION EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
quote-icon
I love the stellar quality of Vital Choice salmon! I've been recommending Vital Choice Seafood for many years now.
quote-icon
WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING:
quote-icon
Vital choice has never disappointed. Love every item I get... since eating your food, my hair, skin, and energy revitalized from clean fish and meats… it’s ALL great. Never a problem with the food arriving in great condition.
quote-icon
WHAT THE MEDIA IS SAYING:

quote-icon The Best Places To Buy Seafood Online, Including Fresh And Frozen Fish quote-icon 

Find out what others are saying about Vital Choice
Trustpilot
Ad