Super Easy VEGAN Lox Bagel

I’ve worked at a couple bagel and coffee shops and lox bagels, or smoked salmon bagels, are extremely popular sandwiches. Traditionally, a lox bagel consists of smoked salmon, cream cheese, tomato, red onion and capers. People go WILD over this sandwich and I’ll admit that I liked it too before going vegan.

I’ve seen this veganized sandwich on social media lately where the “lox” is made out of CARROTS. I was pretty hesitant at first because I was sure that there is no way in hell you can make carrots taste like salmon.

Well, I was wrong.

I was inspired by this recipe from Sweet Simple Vegan, but I did change some things and make my own recipe out of it.

INGREDIENTS: [makes 4 sandwiches]

  • 4 large carrots
  • 2 tsp kelp seasoning (This is important! You can find it at Whole Foods in the Asian cuisine section)
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke (If you don’t have liquid smoke, I wouldn’t stress about it. It does give the “lox” a nice flavor but it isn’t imperative to the recipe)
  • 1 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 red onion
  • Vegan cream cheese (I enjoy Kite Hill)
  • Fresh dill
  • Capers (I don’t like capers so I didn’t use them. Feel free to omit if you don’t like them either)
  • Bagels – here’s a recipe for my homemade everything bagels


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Peel carrots into thin slices. Once they are all sliced, place in a bowl.
  3. Mix in kelp seasoning, liquid smoke and soy sauce with the carrots. Toss generously. Make sure to evenly disperse to coat all of the carrot slices.
  4. Put parchment paper on a baking sheet and pour the carrots onto the sheet, spreading them out nicely.
  5. Put in oven for 5 minutes. Keep a careful eye on them. I accidentally left them in for 10 minutes and they were completely burnt and I had to start over.
  6. While they’re in the oven, cut tomato and onion slices to put on top of your carrot lox.
  7. Take the carrot lox out of the oven and let cool for a couple minutes.
  8. Build your sandwich. I like to put cream cheese on BOTH sides of the bagel and then add the lox, tomato, onion and dill (and capers if you are using them).
  9. Enjoy!



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