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Healthy Holiday Recipes: Salmon Cake Sliders with Creamy Herb Sauce

November 18, 2011

Jennifer is a mom to a 5- and 7-year old and is the kind of mom you wish you had growing up. A self-proclaimed science lover turned foodie, she sends her kids to play dates with batches of deceivingly healthy snacks like brown rice crispy treats, and teaches them through example that eating healthy doesn’t involve sacrificing fun or flavor. And hey, we all know that getting picky eaters to well, eat, is a science. Be sure to stop by Savor the Thyme every day if you like to eat yummy food and giggle.

This recipe calls for: Flatout HungryGirl Foldit Sliders in Classic White

My absolute favorite part of the holiday season is the amount of time I get to spend with family and friends. My second favorite part usually involves a lot of food and laughing. In all my years of entertaining, it has also been evident that people love to have finger foods that do not require a utensil.

One of my most requested recipes when entertaining is for my Salmon Cakes. The best part about the Salmon Cakes is that they can also be quite healthy for you. Salmon provides Omega-6 fatty acids, and the fact that the recipe also contains old fashioned oats makes them a good source of fiber. I also use scallions, celery and parsley as well as light mayonnaise so they are not loaded with fatty binders.

If you wish to add even more nutrients to this recipe, consider making whole wheat Panko style bread crumbs by toasting whole bread and pulsing them in a processor into large pieces. You can also lower the fat in this recipe even more by baking the Salmon Cakes, although I did not try it with this recipe.

To make the Salmon Cakes a fun holiday finger food, I decided to turn them into sliders using the Flatout HungryGirl Foldit Sliders.


Salmon Cake Sliders (Yield: 24 sliders)


  • 1 pound Sockeye Salmon
  • 2 cups Panko bread crumbs
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 2 small ribs celery, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons old fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup light mayonnaise
  • A few dashes of Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons grapeseed oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  • Creamy Herb Sauce (recipe follows)
  • 24 Flatout HungryGirl Foldit Sliders in Classic White


Cook salmon at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes depending on the thickness of the filet. Set aside to cool. Once the salmon is cool, flake the salmon into a large bowl. Using a fork, mix together 1/2 cup of the bread crumbs, scallions, celery, oats, parsley, mayonnaise and Old Bay. Refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes. You can even leave this mixture in overnight, just be sure to cover it with some plastic wrap.

Beat the eggs with a tablespoon of water and place aside. In a separate bowl, mix the remaining bread crumbs with salt. Form the salmon mixture into 24 patties and then dip each patty into the egg and then the panko bread crumbs. Repeat for all 24 patties.

In a heavy skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium heat. Once you are ready to add the patties, lower heat to low. Add 6 salmon patties and cook until golden, about 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with the remaining oil and patties. Place patties on a slider, top them with a dollop of the creamy herb sauce, fold the slider bread over and share!

Creamy Herb Sauce


  • 1 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon white or rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3-4 teaspoons fresh herb (dill, cilantro or parsley) chopped
  • Fresh ground pepper


Combine the mayonnaise, vinegar, lemon juice, herb and pepper. Place a dollop on each patty and place onto the slider bun.


We’d love to hear your fresh perspective!

  • What are your favorite holiday finger foods?
8 Comments leave one →
  1. Judy Gargone permalink
    November 18, 2011 10:57 am

    they look really good. can you use canned salmon (I know, a poor substitute)…but….if so, how much?

  2. November 18, 2011 2:01 pm

    Those looks delicious!

  3. November 18, 2011 7:33 pm

    OH!! these look so great–we get a LOT of salmon during the summer so we eat lots of them–the oils are so healthy for you too

    and aren’t you the cutest thing ever!?!

  4. November 19, 2011 8:26 am

    LOVE salmon sliders and patties. My kids favor salmon burgers in the summer. will definitely have to try.

  5. November 20, 2011 8:07 pm

    These look so yummy! I recently started acquiring a taste for salmon, so the little cakes sound wonderful!


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