Vegetarian Lox!! Whaaat????
Smoked salmon, bagels and cream cheese go so well together, especially when topped with some sliced red onion and capers. But what if you are hosting vegetarians – well I decided to make a tomato lox marinated in tamari, smoked EVOO and kelp powder to replicate those wonderful flavors.
This EVOO adds the same smoky flavor to the tomatoes, and the kelp powder is a vegan subtly salty umami rich ingredient that adds great depth and taste to the tomatoes. Serve them with vegan cream cheese or even a cashew cream. BE BRAVE and use leftover kelp powder in vegan friendly soups, sauces and popcorn in addition to this recipe.
This is a great addition to a brunch or holiday breakfast spread – easy, unusual and flavorful. Use the “smoked” tomatoes over a salad or over roasted veggies or grilled chicken as well.
Brunch for our vegan and vegetarian friends just got easier!
Bagels with Tomato Lox
(* indicates my preferred ingredients – see notes for alternatives)
6 large Roma tomatoes
3 tablespoons tamari/soy sauce /coconut aminos
2 teaspoons O&V Smoked EVOO *
1 teaspoon water
1 teaspoon kelp powder *
Vegan (or non-vegan) cream cheese to spread
Toppings of Chives, capers, radishes, red onion, black sesame seeds,
Bring a saucepan of water to a boil. Piece the skins of the Roma tomatoes with a paring knife and drop them into the water for 30-60 seconds. Remove from boiling water and place in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking.
Peel the skins off the tomatoes, cut in quarters, remove seeds and place tomato pieces in a bowl.
In a separate bowl, combine the tamari, smoky EVOO, water and kelp powder in a small bowl until well combined. Drizzle over the tomato quarters, mix well so all pieces are well coated. Cover and marinade in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes.
Toast bagels, spread with cream cheese and top with a layer of tomato lox. Garnish with capers, thinly sliced radishes, red onion, chives and black sesame seeds
Active time 10 minutes Total Time:40 minutes
* The Smoked EVOO adds phenomenal smokiness to this tomato “lox”. The Smoky Garlic Grape seed oil is another good option although it lends a garlicky flavor that most people don’t necessarily associate with lox.
* Kelp powder is easily available in many Asian stores or online, you can also just crush up a dried kombu sheet (also available at most grocery stores with Asian products).
Highlighted products are available at Oil & Vinegar stores.
Categories: Breakfast and Brunch, Dairy Free, Smoked EVOO, Smoky Garlic Oil, Kelp Powder, Tomatoes, Vegetarian Lox, Bagels and Lox, Cream Cheese, Vegan, Vegetarian Breakfast, Tamari, Soy Sauce, Capers, Radish