This egg salad cucumber canapé recipe is the perfect appetizer for Easter and Mother’s Day brunches. It is gluten-free and dairy-free and can be made in just 10 minutes.
With Easter and Mother’s Day coming up, brunch recipes are at the top of my mind.
There is nothing better than a bite-size appetizer to get the party started. A one to two-bite hors d’oeuvre was my goal with this egg salad cucumber canapé.
It’s not only delicious, these are easy canapés to make ahead.
Canapés are the perfect tiny appetizer or finger food.
Traditionally, you start with a small piece of bread or toast and add toppings.
For this recipe, we are using cucumber slices instead of toast for the perfect gluten-free brunch treat.
If you have gluten-free or dairy-free friends and family, you may have struggled with adding items they can eat to the menu.
I know I have – I usually make my mom’s potato egg salad but this is a delicious substitution.
Egg Salad Cucumber Canapé Recipe
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The first thing you need to make this easy recipe is egg salad.
Egg salad is a popular and versatile dish made primarily from hard-boiled eggs.
The hard-boiled eggs are typically chopped or mashed and mixed with other ingredients to create a creamy and flavorful salad.
While there are many variations, a basic egg salad typically includes the following ingredients:
- hard-boiled eggs
Additional ingredients and seasonings vary widely based on personal preferences and regional variations.
Some people like to add fresh herbs, paprika, chopped pickles, or even a hint of lemon juice for extra flavor.
Egg salad is often served in sandwiches, on crackers, as a filling for wraps, or as a topping for salads.
It’s a classic and beloved dish, appreciated for its simplicity and versatility.
Egg Salad Cucumber Canapé Ingredients
- Hard-Boiled Eggs: Hard-boiled eggs serve as the primary ingredient for the egg salad. They provide a creamy and protein-rich base for the canapés.
- Light Mayo: Light mayonnaise binds the ingredients in the egg salad, offering creaminess and a slight tang. You can substitute regular mayo, but I am always trying to watch my fat intake.
- Finely Diced Celery: Diced celery adds a fresh and crunchy texture to the egg salad. It also contributes a mild, vegetal flavor.
- Fresh Dill: Fresh dill is an aromatic herb that infuses the egg salad with a delicate, herbaceous taste and pleasant aroma. It complements the other ingredients and enhances the overall freshness.
- Dijon Mustard: Dijon mustard adds a subtle tang and a hint of spiciness to the egg salad. It provides depth of flavor and balances the richness of the eggs and mayo.
- Salt and Pepper (to taste): Salt and pepper are used to season the egg salad according to your preferences, enhancing the overall taste.
- Large Cucumbers: Cucumbers serve as the edible base for the canapés. They provide a crisp and refreshing foundation for the egg salad.
- Additional Dill (for garnish): Extra sprigs of fresh dill enhance the visual appeal and add a touch of extra dill flavor to the canapés.
How to Make Egg Salad Cucumber Canapés
These detailed instructions guide you through creating Egg Salad Cucumber Canapés, ensuring that every step is straightforward and easy to follow for a delicious and visually appealing appetizer.
Enjoy your refreshing and creamy canapés!
Preparation of Hard-Boiled Eggs: Begin by peeling the hard-boiled eggs and then finely dice them.
This step sets the foundation for the creamy and flavorful egg salad that will top the cucumber canapés.
Making the Egg Salad: In a medium mixing bowl, combine the diced hard-boiled eggs with light mayo, finely chopped celery, fresh dill (for a delightful burst of herbal freshness), and a hint of Dijon mustard, which adds a subtle zesty kick to the salad.
Use a spatula to stir and gently fold these ingredients until they form a cohesive mixture.
This step is crucial for blending all the elements into a flavorful and creamy egg salad. Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste, ensuring the flavors are perfectly balanced.
Cucumber Slicing and Preparation: If desired, peel the cucumbers to create a smooth and uniform appearance for the canapés.
Grab a vegetable peeler and your cucumbers and peel the cucumber skin. I like to do this in 4 sections for decoration.
Once prepared, cut the cucumbers into slices, each measuring approximately 1 inch to 1.5 inches. These fresh cucumber slices will serve as the crisp and refreshing base for your canapés.
Egg Salad Topping: With your creamy egg salad mixture ready, it’s time to assemble the canapés.
Place a generous tablespoon of the egg salad on top of each cucumber slice.
This step not only adds a creamy, savory layer to the canapés but also offers a pleasing visual contrast with the vibrant green of the cucumber.
Finishing Touch: For a final touch of freshness and a subtle burst of herbaceous aroma, garnish each canapé with additional dill sprigs.
This step enhances the presentation of your egg salad cucumber canapés and adds a delightful, fragrant element to each bite.
You are going to want to add this easy appetizer to ALL of your parties and brunches.
You are probably going to want to make this for lunch too.
How To Hard Boil Eggs with Steam
I always steam my eggs to hard boil them. I find this to be the fastest way to get an easy-to-peel hard boiled egg.
To steam your eggs, put about 1-inch of water in the bottom of a pot.
Add your eggs to a vegetable steamer and then add the steamer to the pot. Place the cover on top and place it on the stove.
Turn the heat to medium-high and steam them for 11-12 minutes.
When they’re done, remove the entire steamer and place it in the sink under cold running water.
Before you know it, your eggs will be cool enough to peel and you can get started.
- 6 hard boiled eggs
- ½ cup light mayo
- ½ cup finely diced celery
- ½ tablespoon fresh dill
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 large cucumbers
- additional dill for garnish
- Peel and dice the hard boiled eggs.
- Place the eggs, light mayo, celery, dill, and dijon mustard in a medium bowl and stir well with a spatula. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Peel your cucumbers if desired; then cut them into 1 inch to 1.5 inch slices.
- Place one tablespoon of egg salad on each of the cucumber slices.
- Garnish with additional dill sprigs.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 85Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 114mgSodium: 188mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g