Use this recipe as a guide to make an amazing salmon platter like a pro! If you're serving more than 6 people, you can double or triple the amounts used here. And don't be shy to make this platter your own by using what vegetables you have on hand or adding more of your favorite marinated items...
1bell pepper (any color), thinly sliced into rounds
1vine-ripe tomato,thinly sliced into rounds
5radishes,thinly sliced into rounds
¼ cup assorted olives
⅓cup marinated artichoke hearts
1small red onion, thinly sliced into rounds
1lemon, cut into wedges
Boil the eggs. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil over medium-high heat (make sure the saucepan can hold all the eggs in one single layer). Using a spoon, very gently lower the eggs in the boiling water large. Cook for exactly 6½ minutes, adjusting the heat as necessary to maintain a gentle boil. When the eggs are ready, transfer them to a large bowl of iced water and let them sit for about 2 minutes. Peel the eggs and cut them in halves and season with kosher salt and a pinch of red pepper flakes or Aleppo pepper (which is milder and has a slightly sweeter finish).
To assemble the salmon platter, place a small bowl of cream cheese or labneh in one third of the the platter. Place the feta cheese in another corner of the platter. Arrange the salmon, cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, radish, onions, olives, artichoke hearts and lemon wedges around the cheese. Sprinkle a little more red pepper flakes or Aleppo pepper.
Tip for buying smoked salmon: examine the package carefully. Avoid buying it if the fish has brown edges or spots or if it looks too oily or slimy. Also check out the list of ingredients, there should not be too much added salt or sugar or other additives.