Smoked Salmon “Bagel” Salad with Lemon Chive Buttermilk Dressing

All the flavors of your favorite deli bagel — in salad form! With the dressing, croutons and eggs made in advance, this satisfying meal is ready in less time than a lunch run.

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Prep Time
25 min
55 min



  • ⅓ cup full-fat sour cream or plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup whole buttermilk
  • 2 tsp lemon zest + 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp each finely chopped fresh chives and dill
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ⅛ tsp ground black pepper


  • 1 whole-grain bagel (plain or sesame), cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or avocado oil
  • ⅛ tsp sea salt
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 romaine hearts, leaves torn (about 5 cups)
  • ½ English cucumber, halved lengthwise and chopped
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped red onion, optional
  • 2 tbsp drained capers
  • 10 oz smoked salmon, cut into ½-inch pieces or rolled up
  • everything bagel spice mix, optional


1. Prepare dressing: In a bowl whisk together all dressing ingredients.

2. Prepare salad: Preheat oven to 325ºF; line a baking sheet with parchment. In a small bowl, toss bagel pieces with oil and salt. On prepared baking sheet, spread bagel pieces in a single layer; bake until golden and crunchy, stirring once or twice, about 20 to 30 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and let cool.

3. Meanwhile, to a saucepan, add eggs; cover with cool water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil then remove from heat; cover and let stand 7 minutes. Drain eggs and let cool.

4. Peel eggs; slice in half. To a large bowl, add lettuce, cucumber and onion (if using). Just before serving, toss with 3 tbsp dressing, adding more as desired. Top salad with croutons, eggs, capers and salmon. Sprinkle with spice mix (if using).

MAKE AHEAD: Make recipe through Step 3. Store dressing, prepared salad components and eggs separately in the refrigerator. Store bagel pieces in an airtight container at room temperature. Complete Step 4 just before serving

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1/6 of recipe
  • Calories 245
  • Carbohydrate Content 15 g
  • Cholesterol Content 205 mg
  • Fat Content 12 g
  • Fiber Content 2 g
  • Protein Content 19 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 4 g
  • Sodium Content 678 mg
  • Sugar Content 4 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 5 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 2 g

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