Lox and Cucumber Sandwiches

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I was in college when a friend introduced me to “lox and bagels.” All it took was one bite for me to fall in love with the sandwich. Capers, smoked salmon, sliced tomato, delicately sliced rings of red onions, and cream cheese, all nestled between two chewy slices of heavenly dough. What’s not to love?

This particular sandwich recipe will not be using bagels, but a slightly healthier option of seed-dense bread. It is a super easy sandwich, fit for any lunch bag and delicious enough to cut into mini bites for a party, or to take on a Valentine’s day picnic with your honey.

Don’t forget to read NPR’s educational post about the history of this melting pot sandwich:
No Schmear Job: A Brief History of Bagels and Lox.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 slices of healthy bread ~ I chose a seed-dense loaf
  • cream cheese
  • smoked salmon
  • seedless English cucumber ~ washed, sliced to desired thickness (peeling optional)
  • dill ~ washed, spun dry, reserve only the fronds (the frilly leaves)
  • capers
  • red onions ~ sliced thinly, optional
  • McCormick’s garlic & pepper grinder
  • dill pickle spears ~ optional

INSTRUCTIONS:
I think it’s safe to assume that most of you reading my blog are perfectly capable of building a sandwich so I won’t offend you by going through the steps, one by one. 🙂 However, I will offer the order of which I laid my ingredients. It’s quite strategic, if I do say so myself, because the capers won’t fall out of the sandwich!

  1. slice of bread
  2. healthy layer of cream cheese
  3. capers, firmly pressed into cream cheese
  4. dill fronds, gently pressed into the cream cheese
  5. cucumber slices; grind some garlic-pepper onto cucumbers
  6. red onions (optional)
  7. healthy layer of smoked salmon
  8. lice of bread
  9. Slice the sandwich diagonally and serve with pickle spears. YUMMY and HEALTHY!
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