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Smoked Salmon 7 Layer Dip with Bagel Chips

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Bagels are the pinnacle of “Jewish food” and the only way to eat bagels is with cream cheese and lox. Cue this party dip -Smoked Salmon 7 Layer Dip with Bagel Chips - that has all the flavors and nostalgia of Sunday brunch with a fun twist.
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Bagels are the pinnacle of “Jewish food” and the only way to eat bagels is with cream cheese and lox. Cue this party dip -Smoked Salmon 7 Layer Dip with Bagel Chips - that has all the flavors and nostalgia of Sunday brunch with a fun twist.

How To Make Smoked Salmon 7 Layer Dip with Bagel Chips

How To Assemble Smoked Salmon 7 Layer Dip

This dip is fairly easy to make. Don’t forget to wrap your pan with plastic wrap before you start laying out the ingredients. And follow the simple step-by-step process, creating delicious layers one by one. The bottom layer should look like this: smoked salmon, cream cheese, red onion, and dill and lemon zest mixture. The top layer should look like this: smoked salmon, capers, and cream cheese. Set it then finish off with scallions and everything bagel seasoning. 

How To Store Smoked Salmon Dip

This perfect potluck recipe can be simply stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. So you can make it beforehand and keep it refrigerated until you need to serve it for your guests. However, we don’t recommend freezing it. Dips containing cream cheese don’t hold up well in the freezer.  



Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Smoked Salmon - the slightly salty and smokiness of the smoked salmon will give body to the flavor of this great appetizer
  • Cream Cheese - aside from keeping everything together, its creamy texture and milky taste with a bit of acidity balances the flavor of this recipe
  • Red Onion - unlike the other varieties of onions, the red onion has a sweeter taste that complements the other flavor components of this delicious dip
  • Dill - the combination of salmon, cream cheese, and dill sounds like an absolute perfect brunch already. You may always find this citrusy herb paired with salmon but you can also substitute it with fennel leaves or tarragon since both herbs work well with the flavor of salmon.
  • Lemons - we’ll be using the lemon zest for that burst of freshness but less of the acidity.
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  • Capers - always a lovely addition to salmon recipes. Capers add a salty and briny flavor to every bite. Although it can be substituted with chopped olives, we highly recommend using capers, you won’t regret it!
  • Scallions - aside from its beautiful green color as a garnish, it also adds that peppery and strong herby flavor. 
  • Bagels - every great dip needs a perfect vessel. You can use your favorite store-bought bagels or try making these: Homemade Bagels, or keto-friendly Fathead Bagels.
  • Everything Bagel Seasoning - optional but highly encouraged! You’ll use this for both the salmon dip and bagel chips. Aside from the extra crunch, they also give the nutty, garlicky, and oniony flavor.


Tips & Suggestions

  • If you’re feeling a little lazy or not in the mood to form those perfectly defined layers, try combining all the ingredients and give them a thorough mix. You will have a spread just as delicious and flavorful. You can serve it on an actual bagel or make a gorgeous appetizer by spreading it over some toasted bread of your choice.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is Smoked Salmon A Healthy Snack?

Whilst salmon itself is an amazing superfood packed with Omega-3 and quality protein, it also contains a significant amount of sodium and is quite high in calories. Especially when it’s consumed as a part of the 7-layer dip. Enjoy this rich smoky delicacy in moderation. 

What Is The Best Cream Cheese To Use?

We go with the best widely available Philadelphia Cream Cheese. If you’re using cream cheese as a part of a recipe, there’s no need for anything extra special. As its special flavor or consistency will be lost among other ingredients.  In this case, it’s best to stick with the basics.



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Ingredients

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Servings:
10
Serves 10

Dip

1 lb
Smoked Salmon , finely chopped
1 cup
Cream Cheese , softened, divided
1
Red Onion , diced
1 Tbsp
Chopped  Dried Dill Weed
1
Lemon , zested
1 cup
Capers , drained
3 Tbsp
Chopped  Scallions
1 Tbsp
Everything Bagel Seasoning

Bagel Chips

3
Bagels
Up to 4 Bagels
3 Tbsp
1/2 Tbsp
Everything Bagel Seasoning
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Nutrition Per Serving

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CALORIES
282
FAT
14.3 g
PROTEIN
15.4 g
CARBS
21.7 g

Author's Notes

When purchasing the salmon make sure to buy a thicker cut

Cooking Instructions

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Step 1
Wrap a 6-inch springform pan with plastic wrap.
Step 2
Combine the Smoked Salmon (1 lb) with 1 Tbsp of VERY soft Cream Cheese this will act as glue to keep it from falling apart later.
Step 3
Press half of the smoked salmon into the bottom of the pan.
Step 4
Spread half of the remaining cream cheese over the salmon, to ensure it spreads easily you can microwave it for 15-30 seconds. Sprinkle Red Onion (1) over the cheese.
Step 5
In a bowl combine, Dried Dill Weed (1 Tbsp) with Lemon (1) . Then sprinkle over the pan.
Step 6
Spread the remaining salmon. Sprinkle with Capers (1 cup) . Spread remaining Cream Cheese (1 cup) . Cover fully with plastic and chill for at least 1 hour to set.
Step 7
Prepare the bagel chips. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Step 8
Slice Bagels (3) into 3rds legnthwise and then slice into 1 to 2-inch strips.
Step 9
Lay the strips crust side down on a baking sheet. Brush with Olive Oil (3 Tbsp) and then sprinkle with Everything Bagel Seasoning (1/2 Tbsp) .
Step 10
Bake for 10-15 minutes until crispy. Allow them to cool then store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
Step 11
Uncover the dip, remove springform, and place it on a serving platter. Then sprinkle with Scallions (3 Tbsp) and then top with everything Everything Bagel Seasoning (1 Tbsp) .
Step 12
Serve dip with prepared chips and other veggie dippers.
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Nutrition Per Serving
Calories
282
% Daily Value*
Fat
14.3 g
18%
Saturated Fat
5.7 g
29%
Trans Fat
0.3 g
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Cholesterol
46.5 mg
16%
Carbohydrates
21.7 g
8%
Fiber
1.8 g
6%
Sugars
2.1 g
--
Protein
15.4 g
31%
Sodium
1151.4 mg
50%
Vitamin D
--
--
Calcium
60.8 mg
5%
Iron
1.9 mg
11%
Potassium
90.6 mg
2%
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