Smoked salmon & avocado terrines

Smoked salmon & avocado terrines

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(50 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins


Serves 8
A light, elegant make-ahead starter to ease you into the Christmas Day blow-out, or to kick off a dinner party menu

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal330
  • fat22g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs16g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre0g
  • protein18g
  • salt3.67g


  • sunflower oil, for greasing
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • 300g and 150g pack thinly sliced smoked salmon
  • 100g pack Chevre or other mild goat's cheese, broken into small pieces
  • 3 tbsp snipped chives
  • 3 large ripe avocados, peeled, stoned and finely chopped



    Although it's technically a fruit, the mild-flavoured avocado is used as a vegetable. Native…

  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • sweet chilli sauce, for drizzling
  • salad leaves and vinaigrette, to serve


  1. Lightly oil 8 small ramekins. Line with cling film, then the salmon (either 1 large or 2 smaller slices), allowing plenty of overhang.

  2. Gently mix together the cheese, chives and avocado with the lemon juice and plenty of seasoning. Spoon into the salmon-lined ramekins, press down, fold over the overlapping salmon, then cling film to seal in the mixture. Can be made the night before, but if making on the day they should be chilled for at least 4 hrs.

  3. On the day, gently lift the terrines out of the ramekins using the cling film, then remove the film. Place the terrines on plates with some baby salad leaves tossed in a little vinaigrette. Drizzle the terrine and plate with sweet chilli sauce. Serve on their own or with toast.

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8th Apr, 2020
Perfect definitely recommend it
26th Dec, 2019
Lovely recipe. Used double of salmon & cheese. Everyone enjoyed as Boxing Day Starter.
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Ariana Hannah
27th Dec, 2018
I made this many times now and it was a hit every single time. A perfect starter, or if you use a mini muffins tray to make them in, a fabulous addition to a bigger buffet. Excellent recipe!
28th Nov, 2016
Made for sister's 50th Birthday meal, she is gluten intolerant so this was ideal. My ramekins maybe quite large (made 5) but as Salmon is on offer with lead up to Christmas it wasn't too expensive. Was a little concerned initially as goats cheese was very soft by the time I mixed with avocado. Make sure you leave plenty of salmon to fold over and twist cling film to shape as can be fiddly. Left in fridge overnight and plated up 1/2 hour before meal. They were lovely and firm, beautiful shape and tasted divine. I added mixed baby leaf herb salad with a drizzle of good balsamic and everyone was happy. Tasty, easy recipe ideal for Christmas.
20th Jan, 2016
I made this for a dinner party and it went down a storm. It looks and tastes very professional even though it's easy to assemble. I used Philadelphia instead of goats cheese and included a handful of chopped prawns. Delicious!
25th Jan, 2015
Made this for a special lunch, very tasty and so easy to make! I used cream cheese instead, as I'm not a huge fan of goats cheese. Loved the idea of making it ahead of time, less stress on the day. Will definitely be making this again.
23rd Feb, 2014
We served a smaller version of these as a canape prior to the main meal and in general people seemed very impressed! They were great served alongside (gluten-free) cheese crackers.
12th Jan, 2014
Very nice flavour and so easy to make.
4th Apr, 2013
I thought this was a bit of a weird combination but with all the good ratings gave it a try for an Easter starter. Very easy to make, looked amazing and was delicious. Definitely one to make again.
20th Jan, 2013
Love these. Very easy to make and can be done in advance.perfect!


13th Nov, 2017
Can these be frozen and reheated. If so how long to reheat and at what temperature
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16th Nov, 2017
Thanks for your question. We do not suggest freezing this recipe. It can be made a day ahead and should be served chilled.
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