California-Style Bagels and Lox – No Cream Cheese Alternative Needed!

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Back before the days of dairy-free cream cheese alternatives, I was craving bagels and lox. Rather than go without, I decided to get creative with the creamy spread. I slathered each half with smashed avocado, topped them with smoked salmon, and sprinkled on some capers and red onion. A new favorite was born.

California-Style Bagels and Lox - Dairy-Free Recipe! Enjoy Sandwich-style or Open-faced. No cream cheese or cream cheese alternative needed!

California-Style Bagels and Lox – No Cream Cheese Alternative Needed!

To this day, I still use avocado instead of cream cheese on savory bagels. And most restaurants are able to accommodate an avocado swap – putting bagels and lox back on many menus for dairy-free diners! But I find it must less expensive to make at home.

Sometimes we enjoy the bagels open face, and sometimes I make them into full-on sandwiches. If you are making this recipe sandwich-style and don’t like dry bread on top, I recommend either a grainy-mustard or a thin layer of mayonnaise (vegan for egg-free) on the top half of the bagel.

I originally shared this easy recipe way back in 2006, but I’ve recently given the post and the recipe a big update!

California-Style Bagels and Lox - Dairy-Free Recipe! Enjoy Sandwich-style or Open-faced. No cream cheese or cream cheese alternative needed!

Special Diet Notes: California-Style Bagels and Lox

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free optional, nut-free, peanut-free, and soy-free. Just be sure to choose your bagels wisely!

California-Style Bagels and Lox (Dairy-Free)
 
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You can enjoy this recipe as sandwiches or open-face. For the latter, layer avocado slices and smoked salmon on the cut sides of both halves of each bagel.
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 small ripe avocado
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 to 4 ounces smoked salmon
  • 2 savory bagels, sliced (gluten-free, if needed)
Optional Toppings
  • 2 rings thinly-sliced purple onion
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 2 to 4 slices tomato
  • 10 thin slices cucumber
  • Handful baby spinach
Instructions
  1. Top the bottom half of each bagel with sliced or smashed avocado. Optionally sprinkle the avocado with the lemon juice and black pepper.
  2. Layer slices of the smoked salmon on the avocado. Top with any of the Optional Toppings that you like, or have on hand. Sandwich them with the top of each bagel.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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