Mother's Day Breakfast Salad Wendy Goodfriend
Mother's Day Breakfast Salad (Wendy Goodfriend)

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a Breakfast Salad!

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a Breakfast Salad!

Salad for breakfast? It’s not as strange as it might sound. And while I’m a big fan of the occasional sweet breakfast (I love me some blueberry pancakes and crisp bacon from St. Francis Fountain in San Francisco!), I really love savory breakfasts. Besides, my husband—a Brit—doesn’t understand the “American obsession with dessert for breakfast” so we eat a LOT of eggs in our house.

Because of this, I’m always looking for creative ways to serve eggs for breakfast, beyond the usual fried over medium, soft-boiled, hard-boiled, poached, or softly scrambled. I’m inspired by innovative brunch offerings at some of my favorite cafes.

More and more popular brunch spots are offering up savory, salad-y, egg-topped dishes for us early risers. On a recent trip to L.A. I discovered an amazing breakfast spot (adored by many LA brunchers): an adorable café called Sqirl. At Sqirl, they serve up a crave-worthy, vinegar-laced crispy brown rice “salad” with runny egg, avocado, plenty of herbs, and salty sausage. There’s also a terrific breakfast-y salad at my beloved local breakfast bakery, Della Fattoria.

This version is perfect for springtime (or Mother’s Day), with plenty of tender greens, earthy asparagus, and salty bacon. All topped with a soft-boiled runny egg.

When making boiled eggs, if you have an egg poker it works wonders for getting the peel cleanly off. Soft boiling eggs is a bit trickier, and every second matters, so pay close attention to the timing.

Mother's Day Breakfast Salad
Mother's Day Breakfast Salad (Wendy Goodfriend)

Recipe: Breakfast Salad

Makes 4 servings

    Ingredients:
  • 4 slices thick-cut smoked bacon
  • 1 lb asparagus, trimmed
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 large eggs (depending on how many you want)
  • 4 cups fresh baby salad greens
    For the vinaigrette
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp white wine or champagne vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp Dijon mustard
    Instructions:
  1. To make the vinaigrette, in a small jam jar with a screw-top lid, add the ingredients for the vinaigrette. Cover and shake well until creamy.
  2. To make the vinaigrette, in a small jam jar with a screw-top lid, add the ingredients for the vinaigrette. Cover and shake well until creamy.
    To make the vinaigrette, in a small jam jar with a screw-top lid, add the ingredients for the vinaigrette. Cover and shake well until creamy. (Wendy Goodfriend)
  3. Bring a saucepan half full of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the asparagus and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender. Drain in a strainer set in the sink. Run under cold water to stop the cooking and drain again.
  4. Add the asparagus and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender.
    Add the asparagus and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender. (Wendy Goodfriend)
  5. Meanwhile, in a frying pan over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels.
  6. Cook the bacon until crisp.
    Cook the bacon until crisp. (Wendy Goodfriend)
  7. Bring the saucepan, two-thirds filled with water, to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium so that the water is simmering. Gently lower the eggs into the water using the slotted spoon. Cook for a few seconds more than 7 minutes (this should give you a very slightly runny yolk; if you like it less runny, cook it for another minute or two). Remove the eggs with the slotted spoon and run under cold water. Gently crack the egg shells, then peel. Set aside.
  8.  Gently lower the eggs into the simmering water using the slotted spoon.
    Gently lower the eggs into the simmering water using the slotted spoon. (Wendy Goodfriend)
    Cook for a few seconds more than 7 minutes.
    Cook for a few seconds more than 7 minutes. (Wendy Goodfriend)
    Gently crack the egg shells, then peel.
    Gently crack the egg shells, then peel. (Wendy Goodfriend)
  9. Tear the bacon into bite-sized pieces and add to a mixing bowl. Add the salad greens and asparagus and drizzle with some of the vinaigrette. Toss to coat, then divide between individual plates. Place an egg on each salad and cut in half lengthwise. Season with a little salt and pepper and serve, with more vinaigrette alongside.
  10. Toss to coat with vinaigrette, then divide between individual plates. Place an egg on each salad.
    Toss to coat with vinaigrette, then divide between individual plates. Place an egg on each salad. (Wendy Goodfriend)
    Cut the egg in half lengthwise
    Cut the egg in half lengthwise. (Wendy Goodfriend)
Mother’s Day Breakfast Salad with Baby Greens, Soft Boiled Eggs, Asparagus, and Thick-Cut Bacon with Lemon-Pepper Vinaigrette
Mother’s Day Breakfast Salad with Baby Greens, Soft Boiled Eggs, Asparagus, and Thick-Cut Bacon with Lemon-Pepper Vinaigrette (Wendy Goodfriend)

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