|Dill is often used to garnish a plate of smoked salmon—it’s a perfect pairing. So we tried snipping fresh dill onto our bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon.
The verdict: the more dill, the better. The pretty, fragrant herb also has a heap of health benefits. It has compounds that fight free radicals, neutralize particular types of smoke carcinogens (such as those in cigarette, charcoal grill and trash incinerator smoke) and act as an anti-bacterial. It’s also an excellent source of calcium, which prevents bone loss.
Onion lovers may prefer snipped chives as the garnish—or feel free to add both. Members of the Allium family of vegetables—including garlic and onions—have anticancer, anticlotting, hypolipidemic (lower blood cholesterol), antibacterial, antiviral and decongestant properties.
Here’s another tip: Instead of high-fat cream cheese, use low-calorie, high protein Greek-style yogurt. Triple-strained, thick and creamy, we like it just as much as cream cheese on a toasted bagel.
The Sprouted Healthy Hemp Bagel from
French Meadow Bakery, with a garnish of
fresh-snipped chives. Photography by Claire Freierman | THE NIBBLE.