Smoked salmon and cream cheese are a classic combination!  Smoked salmon combined with cream cheese, a little tomato and all laid atop a fresh bagel is a classic deli staple and a very tasty treat.

Want to replicate this delicious combination with fewer carbs and fats? We’ve got the recipe for you! This roasted garlic and dill bean spread is a scrumptious pair with smoked salmon but is far healthier and protein-packed than cream cheese.

Creamy Randall Great Northern Beans provide a perfect playground that also helps balance out the bold flavors of the other two major ingredients in this spread in roasted garlic and dill.

Roasted garlic, in particular, is a smoky and sweet preparation of garlic but can be overpowering on its own. Thankfully, the fresh zest of dill, nuttiness of great northern beans and the sweet roasted garlic all blend together in perfect harmony. It takes a little bit of extra preparation to roast the garlic, but the bold flavors it possesses are well worth it!

This spread and salmon combo is great on crackers, but we particularly enjoy it over rye bread. Rye bread is a slightly healthier and lighter bread choice than the traditional bagel. You can also go the extra mile by adding a capers, little red onion and tomato slices on top for the complete deli ‘bagel and lox’ vibe.


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Roasted Garlic and Dill Bean Spread with Smoked Salmon


  • 1 1/2 cups Randall Great Northern Beans, drained
  • 15 cloves roasted garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. white ground pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh dill
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • Thinly sliced smoked salmon
  • Slices of rye bread


  1. To roast the garlic, preheat your oven to 400 degrees while you peel and discard the papery outer layer of the garlic bulb. Using a knife, cut about 1/4 inch off the top of the bulb so the individual cloves are exposed.
  2. Set on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and cover with tin foil. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the cloves are lightly browned and soft. Let cool and remove each clove with a fork.
  3. Drain the liquid from the beans but do not rinse them. Place them in a food processor with the roasted garlic, salt, white ground pepper, dill and lemon juice. Process for about 20 seconds or until smooth.
  4. Spread onto rye bread and top with two slices of smoked salmon and additional pieces of fresh dill if desired.


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