Few foods are as perfect as a toasted everything bagel with lox, cream cheese and all of the fixings. Inspired by one of New York City's favorite breakfast, this salad combines lox, everything bagel croutons, kale, red onion, capers and tomatoes with a luscious buttermilk cream cheese dressing.
1poundkalestems removed and chopped
8ouncesloxnova lox or gravlax may be substituted
1smallred onionthinly sliced
2wholeeverything bagelscut into bited-sized cubes
1teaspooneverything bagel seasoningoptional
Everything Bagel Cream Cheese Dressing
3tablespoonsbuttermilkplus additional for thinning, if desired
1teaspooneverything bagel seasoning
Prepare the Dressing
In a food processor, combine the softened cream cheese and buttermilk. Pulse until smooth and then add the lemon juice, chives, capers, garlic and everything bagel seasoning. Blend for 30 seconds until well combined and then begin to slowly drizzle in the olive oil. Continue to mix until smooth and emulsified. Test the dressing consistency and add additional buttermilk to thin, if desired. Transfer the dressing to a tightly sealed container and refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes about 3/4 cup.Tip: This everything bagel cream cheese dressing tastes best if the flavors have a chance to meld together for at least 1 hour, or overnight in the fridge. Make ahead if you can.
Make the Bagel Croutons
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.Arrange the cubed bagel pieces on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Then, season with additional everything bagel seasoning, if desired. Transfer to a preheated oven and toast for 13-15 minutes until golden Remove and let cool completely.
Toss the Salad
In a large bowl, toss together the chopped kale, sliced tomatoes, onions and cooled croutons. Add 3-4 tablespoons of the dressing to the bowl and use a tongs to toss the salad together until evenly coated. Add additional dressing and continue to toss, if desired.Next, divide the salad evenly onto four plates. Sprinkle with capers and arrange 2 ounces of lox on each salad. Serve immediately with additional dressing. Enjoy.