09 May 2013

Your new favorite salad: Bacon, Egg and Asparagus on Tossed Greens

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I love salad. But too many salad meals leave me hungry in about an hour. I'm also trying to eat more protein.

I came up with this recipe the other day and am ridiculously impressed with how it turned out. Delicious, satisfying, easy, beautiful, fancy enough for company. Great dinner on a warm evening. Even your Paleo and slow carb friends will appreciate this.

I'm kicking myself for not taking a picture.

I give you:

Bacon, Egg and Asparagus Salad


  • Salad greens
  • Thinly sliced red onion
  • Turkey bacon
  • Asparagus spears
  • 1-2 hard boiled eggs, halved (I prefer them on the soft side)
  • Olive oil
  • Good quality vinegar (I used balsamic)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Avocado (optional)


  1. Cook bacon till crisp. I use a microwave bacon cooker I inherited from my mom, but you can also just use a regular dinner plate and a paper towel, or cook in a pan on the stove.
  2. Steam asparagus. Again, I prefer using the microwave for about 2 minutes.
  3. Toss greens with onions, olive oil, a splash of vinegar, salt and pepper.
  4. Arrange on a plate. Pile dressed greens on a plate and top with 1 slice of bacon, 3-4 asparagus spears, and hard boiled egg halves. (A little avocado would catapult this salad into the legendary range.)
  5. Season again. I season this salad twice so the asparagus and eggs can benefit from a sprinkling of salt and pepper.


Once you're done making salad, your kid can use the salad spinner as a dolly thrill ride. How's that for a hack?

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A way to be healthy and eat bacon at the same time? Sounds like a winner to me!

YES! Bacon is its own food group, right, Dacia? Also, this salad is especially delicious when the eggs are freshly-cooked and still warm. You could also go the wilted greens route if you want everything to be warm.

You can cook bacon in the microwave! How do I not know this? Do you just put it on a plate and zap it?

Egg, pig, and asparagus is a pretty classic flavor combination. I make this every spring as the asparagus starts to come in:


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