Toasted bagel with dill cream cheese & avocado

Toasted bagel with dill cream cheese & avocado recipe

OMG – I don’t often say OMG about my own recipes but, seriously, today I have died and found myself in food heaven!
My husband bought some yummy bagels from our local bakery this morning but, with a billion things to do for work, we both forgot to have them for breakfast. Not like me to forget to eat but it does happen every now and then!
So, to make the most of their freshness, I decided they’d be on the menu for a quick lunch and, wow, I actually impressed myself.

Toasted bagel with dill cream cheese & avocado recipe

Rich, creamy and packed-full of flavour, I can honestly say this is one of the best filled bagels I have ever had and I can genuinely see myself making this recipe again. A billion times in fact.
I reckon that the filling would work very well on toasted granary bread too but I shall give it a try and get back to you on that one.

Toasted bagel with dill cream cheese & avocado recipe

Dill is one of those herbs that still confuses me a little. I bought some to add to scrambled eggs at the weekend but, aside from eggs, I don’t really use it much in my cooking as I’m not really sure what it goes well with.
But one thing is certain: dill definitely goes well with cream cheese and avocado!

Toasted bagel with dill cream cheese & avocado recipe

The next step will be to learn how to make bagels at home but for now let me share how to prepare this deli-style bagel sandwich…

Toasted bagel with dill cream cheese & avocado

Serves: 2 bagels

Want to join me in bagel heaven? Treat yourself to this deli-style sandwich at home: only 3 ingredients for bagel perfection.
  • 2 plain or sesame seed bagels
  • 2 tbsp of cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Prepare the dill cream cheese by mixing the two ingredients in a small bowl and seasoning with freshly ground black pepper.
  2. Toast the bagels then spread the cream cheese on the bottom halves and top with the avocado slices. Season with a pinch of sea salt and more black pepper, top with the remaining halves and enjoy right away!

Right – readers, I need your help! What goes well with dill, aside from eggs? Also, do you have a tried and tested recipe for homemade bagels? Let me know using the comment form below, thank you!


  • Reply November 8, 2014


    Dill goes very well with salmon, and I’ve also enjoyed it in pasta salads and on cooked carrots.

  • Reply November 9, 2014


    Dill goes well with cold shrimp sandwiches with a slice of boiled egg and tomato. It also goes well with salmon and chicken.

  • Reply November 17, 2014


    dill goes well with cod fish. I make cod fish cakes using onions, boiled potatoes, mayo, and dill. Bind with raw egg. Coat lightly with flour and fry.

    • Reply November 18, 2014


      Hi Adrian, I’m vegetarian so cod is off the menu but I can definitely use your recommendation of potato/mayo/dill for some veggie burgers! Thank you!

  • Reply November 19, 2014


    Dill mixed with canned salmon, finely chopped celery, mayo, lemon juice & pepper for an awesome sandwich filler. My oldest two (ages 6 and 4) love this, as do I!

    • Reply November 19, 2014


      Hey Steph – thanks for your comment! I am vegetarian so no salmon for me but I love the idea of using it in a sandwich filler and I love celery. I must experiment with some veggie options!

  • Reply November 20, 2014


    Most of my experience with dill is in German food. Dill is used in warm potato salads (found a good recipe on Bon Appetit I want to try), and in cucumber salads, as well as making a dressing. Germany would be a good Dill Muse, with lots of vegetable ideas, and some you can probably adapt to whatever protein you’re using..

    • Reply November 20, 2014


      Thanks for the tip Mariah, I didn’t know dill was quite popular in German cooking. Loving the sound of the warm potato salad you mentioned!

  • Reply November 22, 2014


    We use dill a lot in Ukraine. The most common is in mashed potatoes or young potatoes, cooked whole with tons of butter, garlic and thinly chopped dill(yummmm). Also, we add it to soups and salads.

  • Reply November 25, 2014

    Meg Feroli

    A popular use for dill in my neighborhood is dill dip. You mix dill with 2 parts sour cream (I now use plain greek yogurt) and one part mayo (optional, I have a friend who hates mayo that makes it without) stir in some dried minced onion and season salt to taste. Chill for at least 2 hours. It’s great with pretzels, my kids love that as a snack. Also good with veggies and on baked potatoes!

  • Reply November 25, 2014


    Dill is amazing mixed with plain Greek yogurt, use for a dip with sweet potato chips

  • Reply November 27, 2014


    another dill comment ;) Glorious in mixed greens salad w/ tomatoes. Also in sunflower seed patés like the ones from rawessence book

  • Reply November 29, 2014


    One of my specialty hummus recipes uses dill. LOTS of dill. And garlic. With a dash of cumin, red pepper flakes, lime juice, vinegar and tahini.

  • Reply December 2, 2014


    A salad of oven roasted beets, arugula and feta with olive oil and lemon topped with fresh dill. You can also add diced apple, thinly sliced red onion and a sprinkle of nuts (I used pistachio).

    • Reply December 2, 2014


      That sounds amazing, thanks for the idea!

  • Reply December 6, 2014


    Dill goes very well with tomato dishes.

  • Reply December 7, 2014


    my husband loves when I put dill in rice and veggie soup :-)

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  • Reply January 18, 2015


    Dill goes well with cucumbers, as well as tuna(but I do know you are a vegetarian).

  • Reply January 19, 2015


    i use dill (fresh or dried) in my deviled eggs, tuna salad, chicken salad, potato salad, cucumber and tomato salad, and of course, it goes great with pickled vegetables. I live in the USA in the South. Most of my ancestry is Irish, English, Scottish, Welsh and Scandanavian, but most of my ancestors came here 2-3 centuries qgo. I adore savory (the U.S. way to spell it) foods, and dill is up there with my absolute favorites (also the U.S. way to spell it), LOL. Your recipe looks delicious and I will give it a try! Oh, I don’t know if Ranch Dressing or Dip is a thing in the UK, but it is a necessary ingredient in that as well. Bon appetit!

  • Reply February 1, 2015


    Dill is excellent with zucchini, try my zucchini pancakes….
    Grate 1 medium zucchini, add 2 eggs, 1/3 cup plain flour, a handful of chopped dill, 1/2 onion finely chopped, 2 tbsp Greek yogurt. Mix it all together add salt & pepper to taste. Heat a non-stick frypan with a little vegetable oil & cook as you would pancakes. Serve with plain yogurt, hope you enjoy

    • Reply February 1, 2015


      Ooooh, those pancakes sounds lovely! I must admit I’ve never had savoury pancakes before. I will have to try them soon, thank you so much for the suggestion!

  • Reply February 1, 2015


    I love mixing dill into cottage cheese!

    • Reply February 4, 2015


      Thanks for the idea Paige! I’ve never tried that before!

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