Green Goddess Bagel with Kale Pesto {recipe}

kale pesto on vegan bagel sandwich
If 2016 was the year of Never Ending Avocado Toasts in your instagram feed, then 2017 will be the Year of Cross-cut Overstuffed Bagel Sandwiches, no longer relegated to just breakfast with salmon lox and cream cheese or bacon, egg, and melted cheddar.

“Recipe” for Green Goddess Bagel Sandwich below first; brands, shopping resources, and personal notes after.
kale pesto on vegan bagel sandwich

Green Goddess Bagel Sandwich {recipe}

makes 1 bagel sandwich

I feel as weird and awkward as you do about “recipes” for sandwiches, which require a recipe as much as a bowl of cereal requires a recipe. But whatever, we’re all just trying to make a dollar here, aren’t we?


bagel, your choice, sliced and lightly toasted
almond milk cream cheese
kale pesto
sliced avocado
sliced cucumber
sliced tomato (green if you’re as OCD as I am about keeping a Green Goddess bagel green)
pickled red onions


Generously spread each side of bagel with almond milk cream cheese. Spread a thin layer of Kale Pesto (or other strong, green herb pesto) on the cream cheese on each bagel half.

On one half, layer slices avocado, sliced cucumber, sliced tomato, lettuce, sprouts, and pickled red onions. Top with other bagel half.

Cut sandwich in half. Stack halves and take 423 photos before you finally choose one for instagram, which ends up being the first photo you took anyway. Hate life. Post to instagram. Forget to eat your sandwich.


  • BAGELS: I have no loyalty to any bagel brand, but I always like something that is whole-grain with lots of seeds and seems otherwise “healthy,” even though it’s a bagel. I have recently tried gluten-free bagels by Barely Bread, which are lighter and airier and taste more like bread than a chewy bagel, but with all that other stuff in between, I don’t mind
  • ALMOND MILK CREAM CHEESE: vegan and gluten-free by Kite Hill, which is available at Whole Foods Market
  • KALE PESTO recipe here
  • PICKLED ONIONS recipe coming soon
  • SPROUTS: I used radish sprouts which I found in a plastic clamshell at Whole Foods Market
  • AVOCADO: from JJ’s Lone Daughter Ranch in southern California, available at Wednesday and Saturday farmers’ markets in Santa Monica, Sunday in Hollywood. These avocados are perfection EVERY. TIME.
  • Any and all other produce, organic, from local farmers’ markets or Whole Foods Market
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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Food Mumbai February 11, 2016 at 2:27 am

Amazing sandwich with bagel, cheese & cucumber… nice combination… Thanks for sharing… Online food order in Mumbai
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2 Nathailieee February 12, 2016 at 5:48 pm

Wow, to me this photo is just pure ,food porn, bliss. Ah, yes please give me some for my lunch or anytime. Thank you for your lovely recipe :)


3 Chirag Dua March 16, 2016 at 11:42 pm

Today I have pizza after that I was Searching Sandwich found your Recipe, Sounds Interesting, Thanks for sharing Ingredients and method


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5 FoodGeekGraze September 15, 2016 at 10:17 pm

i am beyond crazed over your boards and sandwiches. the style. the yummy. the photography. all = love :-) i can’t wait to take you into my kitchen. thank you thank you thank you :-)


6 Cindy Rodriguez April 26, 2017 at 10:29 am

I’m in love with the writing here – “If 2016 was the year of Never Ending Avocado Toasts in your instagram feed, then 2017 will be the Year of Cross-cut Overstuffed Bagel Sandwiches…” too true. Bon Appetit just got on the bandwagon; you’re ahead of the game!


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