I do love the presentation, but would like the flavors to live up to the looks of these. I used an alteration, as mentioned in the recipe intro (hot smoked salmon) and used dried dill b/c that's what I had. Carving the cucumber into cups was easier than I had expected. I think the salad needed a little something more (salt &/or another flavor). I'm pretty sure cold smoked salmon would be better, but I saved lots of $$ with the salmon I bought... I guess you get what you pay for. The other disappointment was that the water seeps out of the cucumber if it sits for a while. This started on the day I made the recipe, but got worse with leftovers I kept overnight, leaving the cucumbers a bit soggy.
Made this for wine/cheese party, and got rave reviews!! This was also the 'lightest and freshest' choice on the table top...so much so that I did it again for another group! Came away with same results! Unique, tasty and has become fave, as well as my new easy 'fall back' choice!! Thanks!!