Green bagels are a novelty on St. Patrick’s Day. But here’s a more elegant way to enjoy your bagel, with green fruits and vegetables.
The concept can be applied to any holiday or occasion with theme colors (see the lists below), and can be part of a bagel buffet for brunch. Bonus: It’s a way to add an extra helping of produce to your daily intake.
On top of the cream cheese, arrange fruits and/or vegetables in your color theme, as demonstrated by Arla Foods, maker of the cream cheese spreads used on the bagel (photo #1 and photo #6 at the bottom).
Fruit on bagels beyond a raisin bagel? See photo #5, below—and try it on English muffins, too.
Pick some fruits and/or vegetables from your color list, and get started. The green group has the most options.
(Note: Specialty colors, such as yellow watermelon or purple bell peppers, aren’t typically found at supermarkets. Head to a specialty produce store or a farmers market.)
GREEN FRUITS & VEGETABLES
Broccoli (including rabe and rapini)
Green apples, figs, grapes, plums
Green bell pepper
Green onion (scallion) tops
Herbs (basil, dill, parsley, etc.)
Lettuces (everything from arugula to watercress)
Sugar snap peas, snow peas
Chiles (aji amarillo, habanero, Thai yellow chile)
Orange bell pepper
Orange cherry or heirloom tomatoes
Orange or mandarin segments
ORANGE FRUITS & VEGETABLES
Berries: blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries
Purple figs, grapes, plums
Specialty varieties: purple bell peppers, carrots, cauliflower, corn, potatoes, string beans
PURPLE/BLUE FRUITS & VEGETABLES
Dried cherries or cranberries
Jalapeño or other red chile
Radicchio or red endive
Raspberries or strawberries
Red apples, grapes, plums
Red bell pepper
Red leaf lettuce
RED FRUITS & VEGETABLES
Apples (golden delicious and others)
Chiles (aji, banana, golden cayenne, lemon, Hungarian yellow wax, pepperoncini, etc.)
Yellow bell pepper
YELLOW FRUITS & VEGETABLES
 and  The alternative solution from Arla Foods.  Conventional green bagels from Einstein Bros Bagels.  Fancy (and $6 each!) at the Wynn Las Vegas.  The creativity award goes to the shamrock bagels at Sunrise Bagels and Cafe in Wyckoff, New Jersey.  Fruit-topped bagel from Number 2 Pencil.