DeeDee Dalrymple, hostess extraordinaire and author of Effortless Entertaining, offers a new appetizer to serve this spring and summer.

Last week Gigi Sireyjol-Horsley, the lovely owner of the Paysage interior design and home stores invited me to speak. Gigi, who is one of the most stylish women I know, is from France and is a fabulous cook. For her event in Raleigh, Gigi hired Florence Melin, a very talented and delightful French caterer. Everything she served at Gigi’s event was perfection! Although hard to choose a favorite, I asked Florence to share her recipe for the Salmon and Green Apple Tartare. I predict this will be one of my summer addictions … along with Gigi’s Watermelon Gazpacho.

Effortless Entertaining truly is a community we share with one another. If you’re in Raleigh or Wilmington, be sure to stop by and meet Gigi – you will love her as much as I do!

With gratitude, 

DeeDee and Gigi


Serves 8–10 Florence Melin


5 oz fresh pacific salmon, diced
2.5 oz smoked salmon, diced
½ bunch of chives, chopped
2 tbsp finely diced red onion
⅓ cup peeled and finely diced green apple (Granny Smith)
5 tsp olive oil
4 tsp lime juice
½ tsp fleur de sel or kosher salt
1 pinch ground pepper
2 oz beet sprouts or other colorful microgreens
Lime zest, optional


In medium bowl, mix fresh and smoked salmon. Add chives, red onion, and green apple, olive oil, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Mix. Voila! An easy hors d’oeuvre!

Serve in a martini shot glass, on a small plate, in a choux (small French pasty), or on a very light cracker on top of microgreens to add color. You may also top with lime zest.


  • To prepare in advance, Florence recommends mixing all the ingredients 2-3 hours in advance except the lime juice. Add the lime juice prior to serving as she says the lime juice will “cook” the salmon.
  • Florence also says this recipe may be prepared with smoked salmon only.
"I had my first French meal and I never got over it. It was just marvelous." Julia Child

DeeDee is the author of Effortless EntertainingOpen Your Home, Open Your Heart, and Give the Gift of Hospitality, your complete and beautiful guide for entertaining easily and graciously in your home with inspiring ideas and practical resources. DeeDee also speaks to groups of women sharing her Ten Steps To Effortless Entertaining.

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