Open-Faced Sandwich and Toast Ideas for Healthy Eating

  • 01 of 05

    The Ultimate Smoked Salmon Bagel

    The ultimate smoked salmon bagel
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    Whether you're more into smoked salmon, lox, or gravlax–this open-faced salmon bagel sandwich will blow your mind. Pickled red onions not only add an unexpected pop of color but they also add a nice vinegary bite that helps lighten up the smokiness of the salmon. The capers add a salty depth to the sandwich while the scallions add a nice mild oniony bite.

    The goodness doesn't have to stop there either. To make this already mind-numbingly delicious sandwich even more opulent, add some bright red mullet roe or deep dark sturgeon caviar to the cream cheese. One word of advice though, be sure that you're using really good ingredients for this sandwich because it makes all the difference.

  • 02 of 05

    Avocado + Egg Toast

    Avocado toast with a soft boiled egg
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    Avocado toast is definitely a buzzfood these days. Sure, there are already hundreds of awesome variations out there all over the on the internet, but this one is my all-time favorite. Toasted sourdough, creamy avocado, a rich soft boiled egg, spicy sriracha mayo, crisp slices of fresh radish, and bright ribbons of curled scallion come together to make this toast incredibly tasty and totally delicious. 

  • 03 of 05

    Tomato and Cream Cheese Open-Faced Bagel

    Open-faced tomato bagel
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    When you think about open-faced bagel sandwiches, lox, or smoked salmon, it probably comes to mind. Now take that mental image and keep all of its deliciousness but swap out the smoked salmon for fresh slices of tomato and add everything bagel seeds to help make this open-faced sandwich even more next level. The cream cheese is great as-is, but if you're feeling a little bit more adventurous, add some chopped cucumber and fresh mint. You could even add some turkey on top for a little bit more protein. The possibilities are endless here.

  • 04 of 05

    Thai Toast With Peanut Butter, Sriracha, Cilantro + Peanuts

    Open-faced Thai peanut butter sandwich
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    A simpler version of this recipe originally appeared in Bon Appetit Magazine but has since been enhanced by simply adding honey to balance out the savory and salty flavors. If you're unfamiliar with this type of breakfast, peanut butter toast is a simple and fast way to instantly get protein into your system and also helps boost low blood sugar levels. When sriracha, lime juice, and cilantro are added, this open-faced Thai sandwich gets even more flavorful and much more exciting. Even though it sounds sort of unusual, once you try this Thai toast, you'll have a new go-to breakfast that's quick, easy and delicious. And best of all, it's good for you.

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  • 05 of 05

    Open-Face Kabocha Squash and Goat Cheese Sandwich

    Open-faced kabocha squash sandwich
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    This open-faced sandwich is from ABC Kitchen in New York City. It features seasonal kabocha squash blended with cinnamon and a little bit of honey, thus enhancing its natural flavors. Adding goat cheese brings an extra pop of tartness, while the fresh mint balances everything out with its herbaceous goodness. 

    And although kabocha squash is recommended, this recipe is also good with butternut squash and yams and it is equally as delicious.