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Sep182009

Breakfast Salad

Breakfast Salad photo by Loren Tama

 

It may be obvious to my regular readers (my mom, my girlfriend) that I’m a bit of a salad guy.  I love salad.  And one of my favorite ways to start my day is with a breakfast salad.  Here’s how it goes:

 

·         Wash a few handfuls of fresh mixed greens.  I like having some bitter greens in there, such as radicchio or frisee.

·         Make a sharp, acidic vinaigrette:  Mix two parts olive oil to one part vinegar.  Equal parts of champagne and red wine vinegar add pleasant aromatics to the vinegar component of the dressing.  Drop in a few dashes of Old Bay or Tabasco if you like – not too much, just enough to taste the spice.  Whisk or shake in a jar to combine.

·         Poach an egg or two: Boil water and a tablespoon or two of white vinegar in a shallow saucepan or skillet, then reduce to just below a simmer (the vinegar helps stabilize the whites).  You don’t want many bubbles, or you’ll mess up the egg whites.  Ease in the eggs, and cook to your liking.  You can shock the eggs in cold water to arrest cooking if you like.  Sometimes I want my greens to wilt a little; sometimes I don’t.  I like the yolk to ooze all over the salad, balancing the acidity of the vinaigrette.  

·         Dress and pepper the salad.  Add the egg(s).  Enjoy the bliss.

 

Sometimes I like to drizzle a little truffle oil on the eggs – very nice!

 

I discussed this salad with Elizabeth Falkner at Orson a few weeks ago (great chef – great restaurant), and she digs it too.  Give it a try.

 

 

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Reader Comments (5)

LOVE poached eggs over greens for breakfast, possibly my favorite way to break my nightly fast.

September 18, 2009 | Registered CommenterDave Koch

Very nice! Really fresh and simple, which really is what makes truly delicious food. Eggs are so versatile and I'm really loving poached eggs of late, so any meal I can use as an excuse to have poached eggs is a good meal!

September 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwasabi prime

I'm glad you're with me on this one. Also, how about that lardons salad? Further proof that everything is better with bacon...

September 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLoren

Wow...This salad looks wonderful. wine will do better with it. keep it up the good work.

September 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHampers

Yay! Salad for breakfast! Will give this a try, thanks for posting.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRene Lynch

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