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stuff-by-color bagel sandwich

stuff-by-color bagel sandwich

  • Author: Jackie Newgent
  • Yield: 1 bagel sandwich 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


If you’re looking for something better than a bagel slathered with a disproportionate amount of cream cheese, you’ve found it … this stuff-by-color bagel sandwich! It’s a full of eye appeal—and a delightful use of produce.

Just pick a color theme, like green or purple. Then select your ingredients based on that color (or rainbow or colors, if you prefer). It’s that simple … and scrumptious!


Units Scale
  • 1 large bakery-style bagel, such as pumpernickel “everything” bagel
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons plant-based cream cheese or soft treenut cheese (optional)*
  • 1/3 cup crisp fresh veggie of choice, such as thinly-sliced English cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, to taste
  • Pinch of sea salt, to taste
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup soft fresh or cooked veggie (or fruit) of choice, such as sliced avocado
  • 1/3 cup grilled or roasted veggie of choice, such as grilled sliced zucchini
  • 1 small handful fresh herbs, such as basil and mint
  • 1/3 cup leafy salad (greens) of choice, such as microgreens
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice


  1. Cut the bagel in half to form rounds. Scoop out much of the spongy insides to form bagel shells. (Hint: Save bagel scraps for other use, such as making croutons or breadcrumbs.)
  2. Layer all ingredients into both bagel shells, seasoning as desired.
  3. Press stuffed halves together to form a sandwich, cut in half, and indulge.


*If using avocado or guacamole, I skip the plant-based cream cheese or soft treenut cheese.

Note: Don’t feel like you need to measure out ingredients. I just put measurements in the recipe for you to use as a guide to get you started. Nutrition info will vary.

Tip: I’ve kept this concept streamlined by using lemon vinaigrette (lemon and olive oil). But you can splash or smear on jazzier (and matchy-matchy) condiments in its place, like green tahini sauce, muhammara, harissa mayo, purple goddess dressing, dijon mustard, and blush wine vinaigrette!

  • Category: Sandwiches, Main dish
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 bagel sandwich
  • Calories: 330
  • Sugar: 7g includes 3g added sugars
  • Sodium: 670mg
  • Fat: 13g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 47g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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