Smoked Salmon Sandwiches

Smoked Salmon Sandwiches (or Lox Sandwiches) are an easy and healthy all-purpose meal great for anytime of year, but especially wonderful for when it is too hot to cook. These sandwiches are gourmet enough for special brunches and are simple enough for a quick lunch or dinner.

Serve these cold sandwiches with Oat Flour Pancakes, Crustless Spinach and Feta Quiche and Hibiscus Pink Lemonade for a delicious and healthy brunch. For baby/bridal showers these sandwiches are wonderful served with Springtime Pasta Salad, Italian Lemon Pound Cake and Sgroppino (Lemon Sorbet and Prosecco Cocktail). 

Lox Bagel with heirloom tomato slices, capers and arugula.

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Overhead photo of three different Lox Sandwiches.

How To Make the Perfect Smoked Salmon Sandwich

One of the best ways to make an incredible tasting recipe is to combine a combination of flavors and textures such as creamy , crunchy, sweet, salty, savory and acidic. Here are the topping variations that fall within these categories. 

Creamy– Cream cheese, chèvre (aka goat cheese), avocado slices, Lemon Artichoke Dip or Simple White Bean Dip

Crunchy– Toasted Bread or bagel, cucumber slices, red onion slices, radish slices and Everything Bagel Seasoning

Sweet– Strawberry slices, pomegranate seeds, blueberries, blackberries and jellies or jams.

Salty– Lox, smoked salmon, bacon, capers and finishing salt

Savory– Arugula, micro-greens, chives, fresh dill, fresh herbs, hard boiled eggs or over easy eggs. Also, various grilled veggies such as asparagus, eggplant and yellow squash. 

Acidic– Heirloom tomatoes, capers, lemon zest, lemon juice, olives

Lox vs Smoked Salmon

For most people, both lox and smoked salmon are interchangeable with one another. In other words, most will not notice a difference between the two because both have a smooth buttery texture. However, there is a difference in that smoked salmon goes one step further past being cured and is smoked. Additionally, lox is a bit saltier. 

Cream Cheese Options

Plain cream cheese is the most popular choice for lox bagels. However, flavored cream cheese can be just as delicious. Here are a few flavor options.

  • Lemon Chive Cream Cheese
  • Herb and Garlic Cream Cheese
  • Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese 
  • Honey Walnut Cream Cheese

Types of Bread Options 

Smoked salmon and/or lox both go so well with bagel flavors such as plain, everything or onion. Also, Ezikiel bread, sourdough slices or Sourdough Baguettes that are served as open faced sandwiches are perfect as a light dinner. For parties where tea sandwiches are served this brand tastes amazing and is a soft and fluffy bread. 

When To Serve

  • Brunch– When family is in town visiting, this low stress recipe is a simple way of making company feel spoiled. Additionally, these sandwiches work well for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day brunch. 
  • Breakfast– These sandwiches can make a delicious and fast breakfast for any day of the week. 
  • Lunch or Dinner– Wonderful for lunch or dinner during the hot summer months because their is no cooking outside of toasting bread. 
  • Parties– A charcuterie board featuring smoked salmon, fresh bagels, different cream cheeses and a selection of toppings is perfect for special occasions such as bridal or baby showers.

More Delicious Sandwich Ideas

For simple and gourmet tasting sandwiches featuring avocado try Mexican Avocado Chicken Sandwich, Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich, Guacamole Chickpea Sandwich and Avocado Egg Salad. Additionally, we absolutely adore hot sandwiches such as Steak Pizzaiola and Dry Drubbed Grilled Chicken Sandwich during the cooler months. 

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Lox Bagel with heirloom tomato slices, capers and arugula.

Smoked Salmon Sandwiches

Sandwiches that look like pieces of art but are extremely fast and easy to make. A perfect meal for hot summer nights or Sunday brunch.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lox Bagel, Smoked Salmon Sanwiches
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 298kcal
Author: Heather


Bread- choose 4 servings from your favorite listed below

  • Everything Bagels
  • Cracked Wheat Sourdough Bread *See Note #1 below
  • Ezekiel Sesame Bread

Cheese Toppings

  • 8 oz cream cheese or *or favorite flavored cream cheese, See Note #2 below

Smoked Salmon

  • 4 oz lox or smoked salmon *See Note #3 below

Additional Toppings- choose from your favorites listed below

  • 1-2 ripe avocados *peeled & sliced
  • 8 oz strawberries *sliced *sliced
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 small eggplant *See Note # 4 below
  • 1 bunch asparagus *See Note 5 Below
  • sm container fresh chives *chopped
  • 1 sm english cucumber *cut into coins
  • 1-2 cups arugula
  • 1-2 heirloom tomatoes *sliced
  • 1 sm red onion *thinly sliced
  • 1 cup favorite sprouts or micro greens
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup capers *drained
  • 2-4 over easy eggs or
  • 2-4 hard boiled eggs
  • fresh squeezed lemon juice


  • Toast bread or bagel.
  • Spread bagel or bread with cream cheese and layer on smoked salmon.
  • Top the bagel half or bread slice with favorite toppings from above.


*Please use as many organic ingredients as possible. 
Recipe Notes
Note #1– Plain bagels, sourdough bread slices and sourdough baguettes are all fun options. Additionally, a soft sliced bread would be needed for tea sandwiches. 
Note #2– Approximately 2 ounces of plain or flavored cream cheese will be needed per person. Goat cheese (chèvre) may also be substituted. 
Note #3– Approximately 1 oz of smoked salmon or lox will be needed for each serving. 
Note #4– Slice eggplant into about 1/4 inch steak slices. Lay on cookie sheet and lightly salt to remove extra water. Let sit for about 15 mins. Dab with a paper towel to absorb water. Turn slices over and repeat. Spray both sides of slices with a cooking spray and grill over med/high heat for 4-5 mins per side.
Note #5For the asparagus, cut off tough bottom portion. Lay spears on plate and drizzle with oil. Lightly salt. Grill over med/high heat for approximately 5 mins, turning every min or so.


Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 162mg | Sodium: 1347mg | Potassium: 312mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1366IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. OMG! This looks so delicious. I am so ready for summer in NYC, will definitely try to make this recipe. Thank you for the great idea!

    1. That is awesome Lennis. I hope they are as satisfying for you on those hot summer nights as they have been for me.

  2. 5 stars
    I really like how these are open-faced because they look so pretty with all the different colors. The endless possibilities for toppings makes it so easy to please everyone, too.

5 from 2 votes (1 rating without comment)

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