This classic dish brings together the richness of smoked salmon, the chewiness of a fresh bagel, and an array of delectable toppings to create a harmonious and satisfying meal.

In this article, I’ll guide you through a step-by-step recipe to create a mouthwatering smoked salmon and bagel platter that will leave your taste buds yearning for more.

1. Smoked Salmon and Bagel Platter


  • 4-6 fresh bagels, sliced
  • 8 oz (225 g) smoked salmon
  • 1 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • Capers, for garnish
  • Fresh dill sprigs, for garnish
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Optional toppings and additions

  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Cucumber slices
  • Avocado slices
  • Radish slices
  • Microgreens or sprouts
  • Hard-boiled eggs, sliced


Prepare the bagels

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Place the bagel slices on a baking sheet and toast them in the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until they are lightly golden and crisp. Remove from the oven and let them cool.

Assemble the toppings

Slice the red onion into thin rings and set them aside. Rinse the capers under cold water to remove excess saltiness, then drain them well. Pick the fresh dill sprigs from the stems and set them aside.

Prepare the cream cheese

In a small bowl, stir the softened cream cheese until it becomes smooth and spreadable. You can add a pinch of salt and black pepper for additional flavor if desired.

Arrange the platter

On a large serving platter, spread the cream cheese generously over each bagel slice.

Layer the smoked salmon on top of the cream cheese, ensuring it covers the bagel evenly. You can fold or drape the salmon slices for an attractive presentation.

Garnish and serve

Scatter the thinly sliced red onion rings, capers, and fresh dill sprigs over the smoked salmon.

Arrange any optional toppings and additions, such as sliced tomatoes, cucumber slices, avocado slices, radish slices, microgreens, and hard-boiled egg slices, around the platter for variety and added freshness.

Serve the smoked salmon and bagel platter with lemon wedges on the side for a tangy citrus touch.

The smoked salmon and bagel platter is a delightful and versatile dish that allows for endless creativity and personalization. With its combination of rich smoked salmon, creamy cream cheese, and an array of flavorful toppings, this dish is perfect for any occasion.

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