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Salmon Bagel Sandwich

This Salmon Bagel Sandwich is loaded with a Lemon Herb Cream Cheese. It's quick, easy and perfect for lunch!
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Course: lunch
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 4 sandwiches
Calories per serving: 637kcal
Author: Chris
Cost per serving: £2.50 / $3


  • Small Mixing Bowl & Fork (for herb cream cheese)
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Zester


Lemon Herb Cream Cheese

  • 7oz / 200g Cream Cheese (full fat)
  • 1 tbsp EACH: Fresh Chives, Fresh Parsley, finely diced
  • zest of 1/2 Lemon (see notes)
  • 1/8 - 1/4 tsp Cracked Black Pepper, or to taste

Salmon Bagel Sandwich

  • 4 Bagels, halved & toasted (see notes)
  • 7oz / 200g Smoked Salmon, roughly torn
  • 2 small/medium Avocados, halved, pitted, peeled & sliced
  • 1 medium Red Onion, peeled & sliced into very thin rounds
  • 1/2 small Cucumber, shaved into ribbons using potato peeler (optional)
  • 4 pinches of Fresh Dill
  • squeeze of Lemon Juice, to taste


  • In a small mixing bowl add cream cheese, lemon zest, parsley, chives and black pepper. Mash with a fork until smooth then place to one side.
  • Spread cream cheese on the bottom half of your bagel. Top with sliced avocado, followed by some finely sliced red onion. Top with smoked salmon and add a squeeze of lemon juice. Sprinkle over some fresh dill (careful, a little goes a long way) then finished with cucumber (optional).
  • Add the top half of your bagel and enjoy!

Quick Demo


a) Bagels - You can use any bagels you fancy. Here I've used sesame seeded bagels, but regular work just fine. In all cases make sure you've toasted the bagel halves. The filling is quite soft so it's good to have a nice toasty casing to contain it all. I toast mine in high heat on a dry griddle pan, but you could also toast them in the toaster or broil under the grill.
b) Lemon Zest - Important to use a zester and get the zest super fine. You want the flavour, but none of the texture. You could finely grate it but I recommend dicing it with a knife until it starts to mush into a paste. Failing that you could just squeeze in lemon juice to taste (cream cheese will be slightly thinner).
c) Fillings -  I sometimes use cucumber sometimes don't, both versions taste great. Sometimes I'll add a tsp of capers per bagel, but consider reducing or omitting the onion otherwise the sandwich gets a bit tangy. Rocket/Arugula also works nicely here!
d) Calories - Per bagel using full fat cream cheese: 
Nutrition Facts
Salmon Bagel Sandwich
Amount Per Serving
Calories 637 Calories from Fat 292
% Daily Value*
Fat 32.49g50%
Saturated Fat 11.85g74%
Trans Fat 0.038g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.27g
Monounsaturated Fat 14.726g
Cholesterol 68mg23%
Sodium 679mg30%
Potassium 873mg25%
Carbohydrates 63.35g21%
Fiber 8.6g36%
Sugar 11.28g13%
Protein 26.44g53%
Vitamin A 769IU15%
Vitamin C 13.6mg16%
Calcium 273mg27%
Iron 4.92mg27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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