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Round cutting board with bagels and cream cheese on the left and on the right a rectangle cutting board packed with lox, tomatoes, cucumbers, capers, lemons dills, radishes and onions.
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DIY Ultimate Bagel Bar Brunch

This DIY Ultimate Bagel Bar Brunch is a super easy budget friendly idea for hosting a breakfast or brunch with friends or family in under 30 minutes.
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast and Brunch
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 364kcal
Author: HWC Magazine


  • 12 Mini bagels
    whole (white and wheat assorted) – regular or toasted . 8-12 bagels
  • 16 oz Lox or smoked salmon – 16 oz
    thinly sliced (about 2 ounces per person)
  • 8 oz Light whipped Cream cheese
    1-2 (8-ounce containers) – always good to have a backup one in case you run low.
  • 2 Cucumbers
    sliced thinly
  • 1 Red onion
    peeled and sliced thinly
  • cup Capers
  • 1 Lemon
    sliced thinly
  • ½ cup Dill
    trimmed (or fresh herbs of choice)
  • 8 Radishes
    sliced thinly
  • 2 Tomatoes
    sliced thinly
  • 1 Avocado sliced thinly


  • On a wooden cutting board or large serving platter, arrange mini-bagels, lox (smoked salmon), light whipped cream cheese or spreads, cucumbers, red onion slices, capers, lemon slices, sprigs of dill or fresh herbs of choice, sliced radishes, sliced tomatoes and sliced avocados.
  • Set out plates, napkins, utensils, fresh cracked pepper and salt, fresh fruit bowl and beverages of choice. Let everyone serve themselves and enjoy!


If you want to keep your DIY Ultimate brunch bar low carb, exchange the bagels with our Sesame Low Carb Cloud Bread.
Vegan ideas: swap out the cream cheese with hummus, guacamole or a vegan cream cheese and hold the lox. For other vegan ideas, please scroll up and read the post.
Don’t forget about the kids! Make sure to add almond butter and jelly or honey on the side for them. Please scroll up to see the other kid friendly ideas in the post.
Pickled vegetables, arugula, bacon, scrambled eggs, tuna salad, egg salad and chutneys are all delicious toppings too. Have fun with it.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 1125mg | Potassium: 599mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 789IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 2mg