Light and fresh, my salmon wrap is a deliciously gourmet-yet-simple option that's perfect as a grab-n-go lunch. Whole wheat lavash is generously spread with a bright, lemon-dill cream cheese, then rolled up with flavorful smoked salmon, peppery arugula greens, alfalfa sprouts and cool cucumber to create this healthy and refreshing wrap!
Salmon Wrapped Up With Lots of Fresh, Flavorful Ingredients
Lavash and soft flatbreads are something I pretty much always keep on hand in my fridge for those moments that I get a hankering for a light, fresh sandwich that I can quickly wrap up and enjoy.
I adore healthy, veggie-filled sandwiches and wraps, and find them super refreshing and a terrifically easy option to whip up for myself on a work day when I'm not looking to put a lot of muss and fuss into my lunch, but still want something of substance...and something delicious, of course!
Since smoked salmon is a little treat we like to get from time to time to enjoy with bagels and cream cheese, I took my inspiration from this when I created my salmon wrap, the perfect little mid-week lunch.
Brimming with my homemade lemon-dill cream cheese spread (lemon and dill are terrific flavor partners with salmon!), plus spicy-peppery arugula greens, mild and delicate alfalfa sprouts, plus cool and sweet Persian cucumber, this salmon wrap recipe kind of reminds me of something I'd order up at a corner cafe to enjoy on the outdoor patio in the sunshine.
Quick and easy to make with just a few mouthwatering ingredients, it's a healthy wrap you can feel great about enjoying, no muss nor fuss required!
My Salmon Wrap with Lemon-Dill Cream Cheese Spread
For this tasty little salmon wrap, I'm opting for just a small handful of fresh, vibrant ingredients, but each of them have lots of flavor to add to this wrap party.
Smoked salmon innately has lots of savory-salty flavor, so a little goes a long way.
And then there's the lemon-dill cream cheese spread (which I love!) that has just enough brightness in it to balance things out, along with some fresh notes from the dill.
Arugula is my choice of greens here, because the slightly spicy and pepper flavor that it brings is so delicious, plus it plays well with the frizzy little alfalfa sprouts and crisp cucumber matchsticks that are also invited to the party.
Here's a sneak peek at my salmon wrap recipe: (or just jump to the full recipe...)
- To get started, I prepare my lemon-dill cream cheese spread and set that aside.
- Next, I place my lavash in front of me, and spread over that a nice, generous layer of the lemon-dill cream cheese spread, then sprinkle over some arugula, next layer on some smoked salmon slices, then top those with alfalfa sprouts and the thin cucumber sticks.
- Now that all my layers are in, starting from the bottom, I roll the wrap upwards nice and tight, so that it rests on its seam.
- To finish, I cut the salmon wrap on the diagonal, if enjoying immediately, or keep the wrap whole and wrap in parchment or foil if preparing for a later lunch, then slice in half and enjoy with your favorite side.
by Ingrid Beer
This salmon wrap is brimming with a bright lemon-dill cream cheese spread, smoked salmon, spicy arugula, alfalfa sprouts and cool cucumber!
Yield: 2 wraps
Nutrition Info: 580 calories per wrap (with 3 tablespoons of cream cheese spread)
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 0 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Salmon Wrap Ingredients:
- 2 whole-wheat lavash
- 2 cups wild arugula greens, loosely packed
- 8 ounces sliced, smoked salmon
- ½ cup alfalfa sprouts
- 2 small Persian cucumbers, sliced length-wise into thin matchsticks
Lemon-Dill Cream Cheese Spread Ingredients:
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 2 teaspoons mayonnaise
- 2 ½ teaspoons lemon zest
- 2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoon fresh, chopped dill
- Pinch salt/pepper
- To begin, gather and prep all of your lemon-dill cream cheese spread ingredients according to the ingredient list above to have ready and organized for use.
- Add all of the ingredients into a small dish and mix/fold together thoroughly until well-blended and creamy. Use immediately, or cover with plastic wrap and store in fridge until ready to use.
- Next, gather and prep all of your salmon wrap ingredients to have ready and organized for use.
- To make your wrap, place the lavash vertically in front of you, and spread a generous amount (about 3 tablespoons) of the lemon-dill cream cheese spread over the entire lavash. Next, sprinkle the arugula leaves into a neat row about 1” from the bottom of the lavash, and top with the sliced, smoked salmon.
- Add the alfalfa sprouts over top of the salmon, and finish off with the matchstick cucumber slices.
- To roll, fold the bottom of the lavash over the ingredients, and continue to roll the lavash upwards, wrapping all of the ingredients fairy tightly. If enjoying immediately, cut the wrap in half diagonally and enjoy with your favorite side. If prepping ahead, then keep the wrap whole (uncut), wrap it in plastic wrap, foil or parchment, and keep refrigerated until you're ready to eat. Then, slice it in half once you're ready to eat, and unwrap from paper, plastic or foil.
Tips & Tidbits for my Salmon Wrap recipe:
- Thinly-sliced smoked salmon for lots of savoriness: I'm just opting for good quality, pre-packaged smoked salmon for this wrap, because I love how easy it is, and I love that smoky flavor. I use about 4 ounces of it per wrap. If you prefer, you can substitute a small salmon fillet that you've broiled, baked or seared off, and then chunk that up into bite-size pieces to make it easier to wrap.
- Persian cucumbers for sweet, fresh taste: Persian cucumber with its teeny, almost non-existent seeds and sweet flavor is pretty much the only cucumber I use in my kitchen, so I'm opting for that here. The skin is very easy to bite through and doesn't need peeling, which is a plus. Feel free to use an English cucumber or other larger variety, just take care to peel it and remove excess seeds for a more enjoyable wrap experience!
- Fresh, vibrant greens: Arugula has a bit of “kick” to it, which tastes great in this wrap. However, you can substitute mixed greens or romaine here, if you prefer.
- Where to find lavash: I typically find packages of lavash, a Middle Eastern-style of flatbread, in the bread section of the market, near pita bread and other flatbread-style wraps. If you can't find that, feel free to sub pita or another flatbread of your choice.
Craving more healthy and delicious wraps? Check out Chicken Kebab Wraps with Tzatziki, this Crispy Chicken Wrap, these Grilled Lemon Chicken Flatbread Wraps, this BBQ Chicken Salad Wrap, or this Falafel Wrap!
Cook's Note: This recipe was originally published in 2013, and has been updated with even more love!