Trust me when I say that I do not like cucumber.
I put a call out to some of my friends… “How can I possibly enjoy this vegetable?” Many of you may love cucumber and you’ve eaten it your whole life and you think I’m crazy.
Well you know what? YOU’RE crazy.
Okay, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean it.
I figured out a few things that DO work with cucumber, and then I played around with the consistency and color until I reached this pretty little bite. And OH MY, I literally ate 8 of these in about 5 minutes.
I know what you’re thinking…. “That’s too fancy for me.” Listen listen, it is not fancy. It just looks fancy. It takes less than 10 minutes to whip up about a dozen of these.
After the recipe, I included some notes for your baby!
- 1 5-ounce can of salmon
- 2 heaping tbsp cream cheese
- pinch of salt
- 1-2 tsp lemon juice (to taste)
- fresh dill (dried will work, too)
- 1 cucumber
- 5-6 cherry tomatoes
- In a bowl, mix the salmon, cream cheese, salt, lemon, and a few pinches of the dill (if it’s dried, use a tiny pinch).
- Use a vegetable peeler to peel the cucumber so it looks light/dark/light/dark, like the pictures. That’s just for looks!
- Slice the cucumber into about 1/4-inch discs.
- Optional: scoop out a hole in the middle of each disc. I did this because I wanted more of the salmon and cream cheese!
- Use a spoon to transfer a dollop of the mixture into each cucumber disc.
- Garnish with a pinch of fresh dill (don’t use the dry dill as a garnish) and a quarter of a cherry tomato.
MAKE AHEAD? You could make these a few hours before you wanted to eat them. Otherwise, I would make the salmon cream cheese mixture ahead of time if you don’t plan on eating them for several days, or if you want to make bulk.
What about my baby?
This isn’t a traditional BLW recipe. But it certainly can be baby-friendly! What I would do first is just put it, as is, in front of your baby. See what happens!
If that doesn’t work, put some of the tomatoes in front of her. Leave the cucumber slice in that shape for younger babies, but you can cut it into smaller pieces for older babies.
Since cucumbers are not super soft naturally (not like a banana or avocado), I would make sure the slices are thin enough so that, if a piece were to break off, it wouldn’t be an issue.
Salmon is FINE at 6 months, as long as there’s no possible allergy to fish.
Dairy allergy? You can find some non-dairy cream cheeses. I’ve not tried them, but I would trust the brand Daiya if you can find it. Additionally, a soy-based cream cheese would work, if soy is not an issue for you!