Lunch Box Bagel Kabobs 4 Ways

Bagel on a stick

Thank you to Dave's Killer Bread for sponsoring this post

Have we talked about the movie Mermaids? A coming of age film from the 90s, it stars Cher as an unconventional mother, with Winona Ryder playing the daughter who wants to be everything her mom is not. Among the quirks of Cher’s character is her unusual approach to cooking, whereby she cuts everything into bite-size pieces and spears it onto toothpicks festooned with colorful foil. On one occasion, her boyfriend arrives, pleased as punch to bring his beloved a supply of fresh bagels with all the fixings. Before he knows what’s happening, Cher has chopped, toothpicked, and stacked his precious delivery onto a party platter. While her boyfriend was less than delighted, I happen to like her style, because, let’s face it, who doesn’t like food on a stick?

Case in point is today’s recipe for Lunch Box Bagel Kabobs. It has two things every kid I know loves: bagels and skewered food. In between are ingredients that add up to a deconstructed sandwich in four different flavors that make a tasty lunch box main:

1. Ham & Cheese

2. Italian Caprese

3. Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese

4. PB&J

Creative Bagel ideas with Dave's Killer Bread

The bagels I used for this came from my favorite everyday brand: Dave’s Killer Bread, purveyors of nutritious, organic sliced bread. Dave’s was probably the first whole-grain sandwich bread that got universal thumbs up from my kids. The bagels, new on supermarket shelves, are getting thumbs up around here, too, both from the kids, who”love them” and from me, since they stack up favorably from a nutrition standpoint :

  • They’re organic

  • Affordable

  • Have good ingredients

  • Feature a variety of grains (even in their plain bagel)

I happen to like the taste, too, particularly when toasted and topped with a fried egg and heaps of sauteed spinach for breakfast.

Bagel kabobs


So pick a favorite kabob option, get ahold of some Dave’s Killer Bagels along with a stack of skewers, and get your Cher on. Who knows, you may even break out into song                                                                       “….I got you, babe…”

Bagel kabobs
5 from 5 votes

Lunch Box Bagel Kabobs

What kid doesn't love food on a stick (or what adult, for that matter)? This one is essentially a deconstructed bagel sandwich. Choose among any of the four classic options, pull out a couple of wooden skewers, and put a little fun into meal time. To pack into a lunch box, wrap in parchment or wax paper and twist at the ends or tuck into a suitable container. If you have little ones, snap off the pointy ends of the sticks before wrapping. 

Course Lunch
Servings 2 Kabobs (1 to 2 servings)
Author Katie Morford


Caprese Kabob

  • 1 Plain Awesome Dave's Killer Bagel
  • 6 cherry tomatoes
  • 6 small Mozzarella balls (bocconcini)
  • 6 basil leaves

Ham & Cheese Kabobs

  • 1 Epic Everything or Plain Awesome Bagel Dave's Killer Bagel, spread lightly with mustard
  • 6 cubes Cheddar or Swiss cheese
  • 3 slices Ham, cut into 6 pieces
  • 6 cornichons or pickle slices

Nut Butter & Jam Kabobs

  • 1 Cinnamon Raisin Remix Dave's Killer Bagel, spread with nut or seed butter and favorite jam
  • 6 raspberries

Cream Cheese & Lox Kabobs

  • 1 Epic Everything Dave's Killer Bagel, spread with cream cheese
  • 3 thin slices lox or smoked salmon, cut into 6 pieces
  • 6 slices English or Persian cucumber

Wooden Skewers

  • 2 wooden skewers for making kabobs


  1. Choose any one of the 4 Bagel Kabobs to make. Set out all of the ingredients. 

  2. With the top and bottom of the bagel sandwiched together, cut the bagel into 6 wedges. 

  3. Thread the bagel pieces onto the skewers, alternating with the other ingredients. Each skewer will have 3 of each ingredient. 

  4. Enjoy!

Bagel Kabobs 4 Ways


08.29.2017 at5:17 AM #


I’m going to make these for my daughter’s lunch!! I’ve also been wanting to try Dave’s Killer Bread!

Thank you,


08.29.2017 at5:17 AM #

Katie Morford

I hope she likes them. And really, you can play around with whatever sandwich fixings she likes interspersed with the bagel pieces.

08.29.2017 at9:10 AM #


I’m definitely going to try these but as a mother of two boys I see these skewers becoming weapons!! 🙂

08.29.2017 at9:10 AM #

Katie Morford

Tiny wooden swords! I can see that. You may want to take my suggestion and snap the pointy ends off the skewers, just in case 🙂

08.29.2017 at12:01 PM #


These are amazing– no, you are amazing!! What creativity! 👏🏻👏🏻

08.29.2017 at12:01 PM #

Katie Morford

For those of you wondering, this comment is from my mom 🙂 #numberonefan

01.15.2018 at12:02 AM #


My kind of office lunch ! Thank you so much !

01.15.2018 at12:02 AM #

Katie Morford

Oh good! So glad you like this.

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