This super fresh and healthy Veggie Avocado Bagel Sandwich is a great addition to your Sunday morning bagel and schmear. Now, I might be banished from my community for saying this, but I don’t like cream cheese on my bagels...I know, cringe. But you won’t miss the cream cheese on this sandwich, I promise!
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What’s so good about avocado on a bagel?
While a bagel and schmear might be the way most people think about eating a bagel, I’m here to tell you that you can use simple yet fresh ingredients to change up your bagel routine. By simply slicing and mashing up an avocado with everything but the bagel seasoning you are already miles ahead. Then pile on the veggies you like (I like spinach, red onion), add a piece of cheese (I'm partial to provolone) and you are good to go.
You can eat this sandwich open face (like avocado toast) or like a proper sandwich. Enjoy with a cold homemade iced mocha for the perfect start to your day!
A few notes on the ingredients:
- Bagels: Get them fresh. While you can use grocery store bought bagels, if you can get your hands on bagels from a bagel store (preferably not a chain), do it. You’ll be so happy you did.
- Everything bagel seasoning: I like to use the Trader Joe’s mix, but any kind you find will work here.
Simple step by step instructions
Start by preparing your bagel sandwich ingredients.
First, in a small bowl mash the avocado with the everything bagel seasoning.
Slice the red onion into thin rounds. If you have a mandoline, this is a great time to break it out. If not, please be careful as you slice!
Gather the baby spinach and wash and pat dry.
Then slice your bagel in half horizontally and then lightly toast. You want the bagel slightly toasted, but not so well done that you can’t take the first big bite.
While the bagel toasts, get ready to assemble your avocado bagel sandwich.
To assemble the sandwich, I like to schmear the avocado and everything bagel mix on both sides of the bagel and then layer the red onion and spinach on one side and then the cheese on the other. Either enjoy as an open face avocado sandwich, or place the two halves together, slice in half and enjoy as a regular bagel sandwich.
For brunch enjoy this sandwich with an iced mocha or add some crunchy potato chips and call it lunch!
How to pick an avocado
Choosing an avocado always feels a bit like gambling, right? You want it to be perfectly ripe when you slice it open, but never know what you will find inside. Here are my tricks for picking a perfect avocado every time:
- Plan ahead. Buy your avocados a few days before you will need them. This allows you to give the avocados time to ripen at home if need be.
- You want your avocado to have a little bit of give when you press on it. By the time you use it, it should feel a bit soft, but not mushy through the skin.
- Look for an avocado that still has the little nub at the top. This means it’s not over ripe (that little nub falls off when it is)
- If your avocado feels like it is ripe before you need it, pop it in the fridge to stop the ripening process. Try to use within 2-3 days of doing so
How to slice a red onion
Start by peeling off the papery layers of onion skin on the outside of the onion.
Then slice a thin slice on one of the round sides (not the root or top of the onion). This will give you a flat base to work on so the onion is more steady when you cut rounds.
Next, slice off the top, and begin making slices through the entire onion so you get round rings of beautiful red onion to use on your sandwich. Keep your fingers tucked in while you slice.
Alternatively, use a mandoline to do the slicing for you, being sure to use the safety holder for the onion while you run it back and forth over the blade.
Cut only what you need, then wrap in plastic wrap and store the unused portion in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Frequently Asked Questions
I like to stick with the classic egg bagel, but you could easily choose a sesame or whole grain bagel. Our bagel shop is old school, so there are no fancy flavors to pick between, however I would definitely stay away from any fruity or sweet bagels for this sandwich.
The sky's the limit here. You could add a tomato, arugula, thinly sliced roasted carrots, marinated artichokes sliced thin. Really anything that you like would work. Just be mindful of the textures. You’ll want to make sure whatever else you add balances out the other choices you have made.
One more simple tip
Everything but the bagel seasoning isn’t just good with avocados. I love using it on fried eggs, pasta, and on toast with hummus. Check out this veggie bowl for another easy way to use it!
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Avocado Bagel Sandwich
- 1 bagel sliced horizontally
- 1 avocado
- 1 TB everything bagel seasoning
- 10 baby spinach leaves
- 2 slices red onion thinly sliced
- 1 slice provolone cheese
- In a small bowl mash the avocado with the everything bagel seasoning.
- Slice the red onion into thin rounds and gather the cleaned baby spinach.
- Slice the bagel in half (horizontally) and lightly toast.
Assemble Bagel Sandwich
- Shmear the avocado mixture on one side of the bagel. Then layer the red onion and spinach on top.
- If you have leftover avocado, shmear on second side and then top with cheese. Put the two halves together, and slice in half. Enjoy!
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