Rating: 4 stars
39 Ratings
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  • 39 Ratings

This nifty dinner salad reminds us of a deconstructed breakfast sandwich. All of the ingredients are there: fried eggs, crispy bacon, baguette croutons cooked in bacon drippings until golden, fresh chives, spinach, and a creamy buttermilk dressing. The flavors are perfectly balanced, too. The greens are fresh, the dressing is acidic, and the egg yolks are rich and satisfying. From start to finish, the meal takes 20 minutes to make. And the good news is that you probably have most of the ingredients in your refrigerator at all times, so it’s a great salad to have in your back pocket for nights when you don’t have time to run to the store.


Credit: Greg Dupree

Recipe Summary

20 mins
20 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a paper towel–lined plate; reserve drippings in skillet.

  • Add baguette pieces to drippings and cook, tossing occasionally, until golden brown and crisp, 5 to 7 minutes; transfer to a bowl.

  • Add 1 tablespoon oil to skillet and increase heat to medium-high. Crack eggs into skillet and cook until whites are set, edges are crispy, and yolks are still runny, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

  • Combine buttermilk, sour cream, chives, remaining 1 tablespoon oil, pepper, and salt in a small bowl. Divide dressing among plates; top with spinach, bacon, croutons, and eggs.

Nutrition Facts

401 calories; fat 27g; saturated fat 9g; cholesterol 220mg; fiber 2g; protein 17g; carbohydrates 23g; sodium 844mg; sugars 2g.