Baby Kale Breakfast Salad with Soft Boiled Eggs and Maple Bacon Vinaigrette.
And even more than just that.
Bacon, eggs AND toast on your salad!
This is how we do it. The biggest, fattest breakfast salad ever.
A few weeks ago I ate this salad for lunch. Like… allllllll of this salad for lunch. The serving which should be for two or four was truly only for one, and that was capped off by finishing every last crouton-y crumb from the baking sheet.
In my defense, this was possibly mere minutes from when my appetite decided to make a glorious comeback after nine months of being MIA. I probably would have eaten a pan full of broccoli had it been in my line of vision. And you know that’s saying something.
I’ve declared December the month of breakfasts. I mean, it always seems to turn out that way, right? With the holidays and entertaining and house guests (and… hangovers?) breakfast is always on the menu, especially super fun holiday breakfasts. I have so many breakfasts to share with you over the next two weeks or so that I’m semi horrified.
But. This isn’t really that.
I mean, it’s a breakfast salad, but it’s much more breakfast for lunch of breakfast for dinner than breakfast for breakfast. That comfort food with a little twist and some greenery to make you not hate yourself so much for sneaking into the garage and grabbing six cookies at three in the morning. You know?
I guess you really COULD serve it for breakfast over if you’d like, but in my opinion it’s a much better brunch option. Because brunch includes cocktails. Or it’s not really brunch. Write that down!
You can use whatever greens you’d like, but I mixed some baby kale and baby spinach together for a powerful kick. Then you put all sorts of delicious things on top, like the crunchiest bacon in the universe, soft boiled eggs split open just before eating and covered in salt and pepper (I used the recipe here from Stephanie’s book!), buttery garlic herbed toast made into croutons and then a heavy handed pour (drizzle? no.) of maple bacon vinaigrette.
Maple bacon vinaigrette. Made with bacon grease. You can keep the dressing hot just like this salad. In fact, this salad is pretty much another (better, more brunch-like) version of that salad.
You should probably also make extra toasty, buttery bread just to dip in the dressing.
Oh and the yolk.
OMG. This salad is just everything I want out of life forever and ever.
Baby Kale Breakfast Salad
- 4 large eggs
- 2 cups sour dough bread cubes
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs, I used cilantro, oregano and sage
- 4 cups baby kale
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 6 slices bacon, cooked
maple bacon vinaigrette
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 garlic clove, minced or pressed
- 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup reserved bacon fat, still warm
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Begin by soft boiling the eggs so they can cool. Heat about 3 inches of water in a small saucepan over medium heat until boiling. Once boiling, reduce the heat until it’s barely a simmer, add the eggs gently and cook for 6 minutes. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and place in an ice bath. Let cool completely before peeling.
- Place the sourdough cubes on a baking sheet and bake until golden and crisp, about 10 to 15 minutes, tossing once or twice. While the cubes are baking, heat a small saucepan over medium-low heat and add butter. As soon as it melts, whisk in the garlic clove and herbs. Pour the garlic herb butter over the sourdough croutons and toss well.
- Assemble the salad by tossing the kale in a bit of the vinaigrette. Add the bacon slices on top along with a handful of croutons and the peeled soft boiled eggs, sliced in half (and sprinkled with salt and pepper) if desired. Serve with extra dressing.
maple bacon vinaigrette
- In a bowl, whisk together the syrup, vinegar, garlic, mustard, sat and pepper until combined. While still whisking, stream in the warm bacon fat until the dressing comes together.
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don’t you just want to cannonball into that yolk?
60 Comments on “Baby Kale Breakfast Salad with Soft Boiled Eggs and Maple Bacon Vinaigrette.”
Brunch is just a late breakfast or way too early lunch with no cocktails. Its no fun then!
WHat is this, 2% calories from spinach?
Oh girl. Yes I’ll cannonball into this entire bowl. So glad your appetite is back. This salad looks incredible.
Those are the most perfect eggs! You always make the best eggs! I love that you’re eating salads for breakfast too! Impressive!! :)
OH. MY. GOSH. You have just reinvented the wheel by turning my dinner salad into my breakfast salad. With runny yolks and BACON vinaigrette. I am dying.
My kind of all the time salad! Is there nothing bacon and eggs can not make irresistible?
A breakfast salad? Love that idea. I’m not even a salad person, not even a little, but I can get on board with a salad with bacon, eggs, and toast. Yeah, that’s awesome.
Omg this beats the pants off the smoothie I just drank. Those eggs, bacon vinaigrette….love this!
I think you and me have the same breakfast policy: If it has eggs on top, it can totally be breakfast. I swear, I’ve made stir fry for dinner one night and put a fried egg on it the next morning and called it breakfast stir fry! I think this salad will be a great cure for all the upcoming holiday overindulgence.
I wannnnttt … get.in.mah.beelllllyyy.
delicious recipe :)
Wow. Those soft boiled eggs look amaaazing! I really need to learn how to do them like that. Pinned!
Wow – so healthy! And it looks good too!
http://www.wearitforless.com (I have cookies up on my blog today, something different)
those croutons look amazing!
Those drippy yolks photos made me SO sad I’m allergic to eggs! And tht maple bacon vinaigrette made with warm bacon fat just about killed me… loving all your breakfasty stuff!
Soo this basically combines my morning breakfast of bacon and eggs, side of green smoothie. Hmmmm. Looks DELICIOUS :)
Yum!! This looks delicious. Major props to you for still going strong on the blogging when baby is so soon! When is the due date? :) So excited for you!
this look amazing!!! I love bacon and eggs and salad!! although, I HATE the smell and taste of Maple. How do you think the dressing recipe will stand up if I eliminate the maple??
Yum, Yum and Yum! Breakfast is my favorite meal…and everything about this says breakfast for breakfast, breakfast for lunch and breakfast for dinner!
I’m famished and this is taunting me with it’s deliciousness. YOU DEVIL! ♥
i want to cannonball into this whole salad. omg!!
Your lady looks fab! Can I just eat a giant platter of those beautiful looking croutons?!
Ack!!!! WTH?!!! Salad, not lady!!! I need to focus better b/c my first comment came out totally creepy!
yes, I can finally tell people that salad for breakfast is a real thing and here is the perfect recipe!
I’d eat that as a midnight snack! Thanks for your kind words about my husband on Instagram – these last few weeks have been surreal – I can still hear him snoring a bit when i go to sleep. :(
Wait…I thought you didn’t LIKE salad???
You are totally a salad person. :)
I usually can’t stand kale… even thought I know how good it is for you. I’d be willing to give this a go, you’ve snooshed so much other good stuff in it, I might start to like kale.
This salad looks amazing!! I am loving the eggs, but my boyfriend would HATE it. Oh well. More for me :)
This is crazy good. I love it when you trash up a salad in the very best way. Love. It.
Just wanted to share: when I opened up my email on my phone, your email popped up and all I could see was, “Jessica Merchant New From How Sweet It Is Baby”
I got REALLY excited and opened the email only to find BABY… Kale? Kale is great and all, but I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t disappointed. I was hoping for a baby of a different kind. ;)
This looks so delicious! Like the commenter before me, I was very excited about the “baby” in the title! :-)
Maple Bacon Vinaigrette for the win!
This is the best looking salad I’ve ever seen. I would eat this bad boy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Can’t wait to try!
now THIS is the kind of salad i could eat all day, everyday :)
What a great breakfast. Perfect eggs Perfect bacon. And put together with something different.
I am a breakfast person who eats it often for dinner—so this is really really
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Soft boiled eggs go so well in salads! Yum!
There is something magical about runny eggs on salad.
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