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Bagel Salad

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Dressing:

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 

1 teaspoon honey 

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 

2 scallions, finely chopped 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

Salad:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 large everything bagels, torn into bite-sized pieces 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 large eggs 

2 tablespoons everything bagel topping (see Cook's Note) 

4 ounces cream cheese (1/2 block), cut into 1/2- to 3/4-inch cubes 

5 ounces mixed baby greens 

4 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges 

1/2 English cucumber, thinly sliced 

1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced 

2 scallions, chopped 

4 sprigs fresh dill, leaves only

Directions

  1. For the dressing: Whisk together the lemon juice, Dijon and honey in a small bowl. Drizzle in the olive oil while whisking until creamy. Stir in the scallions and season with salt and pepper.
  2. For the salad: Heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the bagels and cook, tossing occasionally, until golden and crispy on the outside, about 7 minutes (they'll still be a little chewy on the inside, but that's good). Transfer to a plate, sprinkle with salt and set aside.
  3. Bring a pot of water to a boil and prepare an ice water bath. Carefully lower the eggs into the boiling water, reduce to a simmer and cook for 8 minutes. Transfer to the ice bath to cool (or run under cold water for a little). Peel and slice into halves or quarters.
  4. Place the everything bagel topping in a bowl. Roll the cream cheese cubes into little balls with your hands and then roll them around in the everything bagel topping.
  5. On a serving plate, arrange the mixed greens. Top with the tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, bagel croutons, cream cheese balls, eggs, scallions, dill, a few pinches of salt and a few turns of pepper. Drizzle with the dressing.

Cook’s Note

Store-bought everything bagel topping will absolutely work; however, some brands are extremely heavy on the salt and should be avoided for this recipe. It's super easy to make your own everything bagel topping though: Simply combine equal parts dried minced garlic, dried minced onion, poppy seeds and sesame seeds, then add a pinch of kosher salt. You can also add a few pinches of caraway seeds and/or black sesame seeds if you'd like!