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Smoked Salmon Bagel Salad

A simple but delicious salad made with everything bagel flavored homemade croutons, smoked salad, and a cream cheese & dill dressing.
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 salads
Calories 861kcal

Equipment

  • Baking sheet
  • blender
  • Serving bowls

Ingredients

For the Homemade Croutons

  • 1 savory bagel torn into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 tablespoon everything bagel seasoning or ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For the Cream Cheese & Dill Dressing

  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4-5 tablespoons water or milk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill roughly chopped
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper

For the Salad

  • 12 ounces lettuce cut into strips or torn into pieces; approximately 3 cups per person
  • 8 ounces smoked salmon
  • ½ cup red onion slices
  • ¼ cup cucumber halved and sliced into thin half-moons
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes halved
  • ¼ cup capers
  • ¼ cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh dill roughly chopped
  • 1 lemon cut into 4 wedges
  • everything bagel seasoning for garnish

Instructions

For the Homemade Croutons

  • Preheat oven to 375° Fahrenheit.
  • Spread bagel pieces out on baking sheet and pour olive oil over. Use hands to thoroughly coat bagel pieces in olive oil and spread out evenly.
  • Sprinkle everything bagel seasoning (or salt) over top of bagel pieces and place baking sheet in oven. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until croutons are lightly browned around edges.

For the Cream Cheese & Dill Dressing

  • Add cream cheese, olive oil, and water or milk to blender. Blend until smooth, then add dill and pulse 2 or 3 times until herbs are well chopped.
  • Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Optional: squeeze fresh lemon juice in (to taste), to bring out tanginess of cream cheese.

For the Salad

  • Place lettuce in serving bowls. Add salmon, red onion, cucumber, tomatoes, capers, and crumbled goat cheese. Sprinkle dill, fresh lemon juice, and everything bagel seasoning over salads and serve with dressing and any remaining lemon wedges.

Notes

  • Bagel: Use a savory bagel, like plain, garlic, sourdough, rye, etc.
  • Dressing: If you have time, make the dressing ahead of time and let it chill in the fridge before you make your salad. That'll give the flavors time to develop and deepen. Any leftover dressing can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 1 week.

Nutrition

Serving: 1salad | Calories: 861kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 60g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 24g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 2538mg | Potassium: 774mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1942IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 5mg | Net Carbs: 38g