Bagel, Lox and Avocado

I’ve mentioned this here and there before, but I’ll say it once again just for the record: the Southern husband has a serious love affair going with Costco. From giant packages of paper towels, to 5 pound bags of chocolate chips, to camoflauge fabric shorts, to the world’s largest bag of dog biscuits, I never know what he is going to come home with next. Whatever it is usually makes at least someone in the house ecstatically happy.

Especially the dog biscuit part.

Now, all of this works out really well when you are talking about paper towels, because you put one roll on the paper towel dispenser and put the other 29 rolls in the closet and you are set. However, when the thing that catches his eye is perishable, it turns into a game of Beat The Clock…because as you may know, Costco sells in bulk. As in lots and lots and lots of whatever that item is.
Which is how I ended up with this particular recipe, because not so long ago along with a giant container of laundry detergent and package of 24 containers of strawberry yogurt, he also came home with a Costco-sized bag of avocados.  Now, I love avocados, and I have made everything from avocado and shrimp salad in mason jars to cucumber avocado soup, but a bag of 12 avocados was a bit of a challenge.  Sure, I could make the world’s largest bowl of guacamole, but that seemed like cheating to me.  So over the course of a week filled with various and sundry avocado recipes that I had already tried before, we also had what is now known in my house as the BLA.  Not to be confused with a BLT, since the letters stand for totally different items.  BLA is a bagel with lox and avocado, and I tossed a little sliced red onion on top just for good measure.

Here’s all you do.  Cut your bagel in half, and toast it or don’t, depending on your own personal bagel preferences.  Take an avocado, cut it in half and scoop it out onto a plate.  Drizzle a little lemon or lime juice on top – about 2 tablespoons, and if it’s fresh-squeezed all the better.  Now take a fork and mash it all up.  Mix in a pinch of coarse salt and a little fresh ground pepper.  Now spread a generous amount on your bagel, lay some lox or smoked salmon on top, garnish with some thin sliced red onion if you have any, and there you go – BLA!

Now if I can just figure out where to put all the paper towels.

BLA, or Bagel, Lox and Avocado, adapted from Epicurious 

Bagel, Lox and Avocado
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and mashed
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 2 split bagels, toasted or not - it's up to you!
  • Strips of lox or smoked salmon
  • Thinly sliced red onion
  1. Add lemon juice, salt and pepper to mashed avocado and stir.Spread each bagel half with avocado. Top with lox and onion and serve immediately.


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  1. Joanne says

    My mother has occasionally dropped by with a giant bag of avocadoes from BJ's which is basically Costco except with a truly unfortunate name. On those weeks there is a lot of guac and a lot of turkey and avocado sandwiches that are eaten. Now there shall be a lot of lox as well. This sounds awesome.

  2. Nutmeg Nanny says

    Yum! Mr.NN and I are always at BJ's (like Costco) and I always get in trouble with the large bags of fruit. I just can't pass them up!

  3. Anonymous says

    Well, it sounds as if Georgia does it bigger and better. Our Costco never has more than five or six avocados in a bag or 14 paper towels in a bunch. I am hoping the different locations don't charge the same prices for the different quantities. BTW, there are great recipes for avocado ice cream, avocado cake and cupcakes, avocado hummus, avocado salsa, and even avocado frosting amongst many other choices. I use to find recipes for unfamiliar ingredients or for those for which I have a surplus.

  4. sippy says

    Costco is one of my favorite places. Having three boys I like to buy in bulk for peanut butter, cereal, toilet paper etc… I too was enticed by the mega bag o' avocados, but I stayed strong. :) Those bagels look delicious. I love me some red onion.

  5. a Broad says

    Finding a bagel here might be akin to searching for a pot of Gold, so I might have to use a loaf of good semolina bread and just cut it into the right size/shape .. Otherwise, I can do this !

  6. Sarah and Anson says

    One idea for avocado that makes total sense (but I never would have thought of) is baby food. My friend with twins would just ask for a side of avocado for the babies when we would go to a restaurant. I prefer mine as you do–with a little more adult take on it. This bagel is perfect!


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