The Breakfast Salad
An unconventional morning meal, The Breakfast Salad with Cinnamon Toast Croutons and Maple Vinaigrette. Who knew a salad for breakfast could be so good?
I’ve noticed a trend here in Asheville and on the menus of popular breakfast joints around the country… Salad for breakfast.
Before you turn up your nose, let me clarify. These breakfast salads are not bland leafy side-salads with bottled ranch dressing, but bold hearty meals. A good breakfast salad encompasses everything that makes breakfast so appealing: carbs, eggs, pork-fat, and sweet accents.
After exploring these salads at several favorite breakfast hotspots, I decided to work on my own version.
First, I wanted to put my family’s favorite morning flavors into the breakfast salad. That way, it would be hard for the kids to resist. My version had to include: bacon, maple syrup, cinnamon toast and eggs.
The Cinnamon Toast Croutons were the first inspiration. Truly, I could eat a whole pan of these babies.
In fact, it’s important not to make them too far in advance, or there will not be any left for the salad. Maple Vinaigrette provides a sweet and poppy essence with apple cider vinegar and Dijon mustard. The addition of candied nuts and dried cherries offers a granola-like quality.
To complete The Breakfast Sala, prepare your morning eggs just the way you like them, and place them on a bed of crisp baby spinach.
This, my friends, is a great way to start the day!
Eat breakfast like a King, lunch like a Prince, and dinner like a Pauper. ~ Adelle Davis
The Breakfast Salad
For the Cinnamon Toast Croutons:
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Pepper to taste
For the Breakfast Salad:
- 1 cup candied nuts
- 3/4 cup dried cherries
- 12 ounces bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 6 cups baby spinach, packed
- 12 large eggs, prepared to order
For the Cinnamon Toast Croutons:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lay the bread cubes out on a rimmed baking sheet. Mix the melted butter, sugar, cinnamon and salt together and drizzle over the bread cubes. Toss and bake for 5-10 minutes until toasted.
For the Maple Vinaigrette:
- Whisk all the ingredients together until smooth. Set aside.
Assembling the Salad:
- Cook and drain the bacon. Prepare the eggs to your liking—scrambled, poached, sunny-side-up.
- Prepare each salad plate with a heaping cup of baby spinach, topped with cinnamon toast croutons, candied nuts, dried cherries, and crumbled bacon. Then top each with 1-2 eggs and drizzle with maple vinaigrette!
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I actually cook greens in my frypan…. :)
There is a doctor on Doctor Radio that always eats a salad for breakfast. I though it was odd but this sounds really good. Yum!
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Wow I just read about this dish on The Three Little Piglets and all I can say is WOW! What a superb meal. I can’t wait to make it.
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I would love to start a day with salad for breakfast.
You’ve got a great idea.
I have never heard of this. Sounds really good. Got to try some!
Breakfast salad.bacon is my number one frying pan love)
Gotta be sunny side up eggs!
Bookmarked on Google – This breakfast salad is a fabulous idea!!
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Yum! This salad looks like something I could eat everyday. Not to be un-creative, but I think eggs are my favorite thing to make in a frying pan!
I like a quick dinner saute, chicken, vegetables, garlic and spices.
French toast! Stuffed with bananas or apples!
Breakfast potato hash – with onions and bacon!
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I always like to scramble eggs or saute vegetables in a frying pan…Thanks for this giveaway….
You had me with that fried egg. Really – put it on anything … a runny yolk rocks my world. As for my favorite thing to cook in a fry pan – well … one guess. Yep! Eggs! : )
BACON! (sorry, i got a little excited, but really, bacon is my number one frying pan love).
I really had to comment to say that these photos are stunning. The eggs look amazing and the entire dish looks mouthwatering. Beautiful post.
Breakfast salad, what a great idea, never had it, must try it.
I love making my toddler scrambled eggs in the morning. Nothing really special just lots of love in them.
Never heard of breakfast salad before now. Creative…. I love to fry our fresh laid eggs in my fry pan – yum!
Tweeted and stumbled! I’ve got a US mailing address so please include me :) I think breakfast salads sound like an incredible idea, actually! The trend hasn’t made it to Cayman yet so maybe I can rock it 1st! Buzzed! And thanks for hosting such a clutch giveaway!
nice change up for the morning!
That’s such a cool idea. I use a lot of maple vinaigrette on apple and celery root-based salads, so i can already taste 90% of it. I’m thinking instead of pork or bacon, there are a lot of cool things you could do with smoke salmon as well — somehow get a cream cheese glaze to the french toast, then the rest of the assemble. dressing … will have to think about that one.
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fry pan … favorite? … well, cop-out answer would be, anything i get to deglaze. i love deglazing. it’s the whole physics/chemistry thing. but if pressed, i’ll go with stir-fried spinach. it amazes me how it coooks down to nothing.
Breakfast salad – what a great idea. It looks really nutritious and delicious too.
(and unfortunately I won’t be entering your lovely giveaway ’cause I am moving soon and don’t want the shipping to be a hassle for you should I win).
I love the idea of salad for breakfast and all the requisite flavors are here! I use my frying pan every day, today it was a pineapple fried rice and pan-fried chicken breasts.
I love to cook huevos rancheros in my fry pan!
This salad is genius!! I have never had or seen such a thing. I often put an egg over my greens, but those cinnamon toast crutons make this extra special. I love ManPans !!
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I love to cook eggs in my skillet. Cool pans! Brilliant idea with the cinnamon toast crutons.
Haha! My sister and I have been eating salads for breakfast for YEARS! I love that it’s a trend now :D. And my favorite use for a frying pan? Ah, grilled cheese of course :D
Your take on croutons is genius! Awesome job!
Salad breakfast??? What a great idea. I love it!!! I’m so going to try that.
Hmmm, what do I make in fry pans? What don’t I? I guess I’ll say, stir fry veggies…at least that’s what I made last night.
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Ok, first of all – YOU eating eggs? Must be for the rest of the fam. ;)
Second, I want the fry pan!! We love cooking eggs … and fried potatoes. Enter me, please! :)
This breakfast looks amazing. I stumbled onto your blog from foodgawker and I absolutely love this. I can hardly wait to make it this weekend!
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Sometimes I have a salad for breakfast but always with an egg! I would cook an egg in a small frying pan 9 times out of 10. I’ve never seen these pans before, will have to look for them! I like your cinnamon toast crutons, yummy;-)
Every morning I make a big fat omelete with the same pan. Having two would speed things up with sauteeing the veggies and cooking the meat separately! Unfortunately, I think it’s time for a new pan! So this would be a great ‘win’ for me….
I love to saute vegetables, especially onions and squash :) Very exciting breakfast idea – pretty and creative.
I use my fry pan for almost everything! My favorite things to stir fry are veggies-peppers and onions, or squash! We also make TONS of omelets!
I love to sauté mushrooms!
My favorite thing to cook in a frying pan is Indian delicacies, like Samosas.
My favorite thing to cook in a fry pan is a breakfast dish my mom made for me when I was a kid: huevos escondidos (I know this goes by many other names, as well). This is a slice of bread with a hole cut out in the middle and an egg perfectly fried in the hole. Add a slice of cheese on top for an extra special breakfast.
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I fry two eggs for breakfast just about every morning. I guess my favorite thing then would be eggs. :) I also use my frying pan for quesedillas for the kids.
Congratulations Kristen! We will get your new frying pan right out to you. This 10″ pan is perfect for cooking your eggs and quesedillas.
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the salad looks great, not eligible for the giveaway but the skillet looks wow !
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My favorite is searing chicken breast, mushrooms, minced garlic in sesame oil and at the last minute toasting sesame seeds. Oh yummy, I will never get tired of this dish. Just splash with a little soy sauce and this is a meal!!
Just like you, I love a good fried egg in this kind of pan! Makes breakfast clean up easy in this pan! Great giveaway.
In keeping with your breakfast theme, my favorite thing to cook in a frying pan is frittata.
Mmm, the croutons look so yummy! And that fried egg is beautiful :) Those pans look awesome! I’d have to say my favorite thing to cook in my frying pan are eggs, any which way :D
Not just for breakfast…I eat breakfast for dinner often…no reason I couldn’t do it in salad fashion. Sounds great and must say; I LOVE my ManPans steamer pan.
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This is so creative! I love the idea of a salad for breakfast! My favorite thing to make in a frying pan? Probably veggies. I like to saute them for awhile before I add them to things!
Cinnamon toast croutons? Whaaat?! That is genius my friend, pure genius. :D
Eggs are always my favorite things to cook! But I have never had a breakfast salad… so interesting. Looks yummy!
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I love this salad and I want that frypan. I subscribe on Facebook also.
I love this salad and I want that frypan. I subscribe on Facebook also. omlets is my thing or cheesie scrambled eggs.
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Sauteing veggies, mushrooms, peppers & onions, Thai and Chinese entrees…the list goes on and on..Oh what I could cook in a fry pan like the manpans!! Yum!
This looks simply mouth-watering, Sommer!
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my favorite thing to cook in a frying pan is scrambled eggs. I bought some of the green pans from QVC and loved them until the outside of them began to flake off. Not the inside, but the outside coating so I am in dire need of some new pans!
Gotta be eggs. Fried, scrambled, any way. Love em all. Definitely my comfort food.
This looks AMAZING, and I do anything to add spinach in my meal (even a spinach-blueberry smoothie!).
My favorite thing to cook in a frying pan is a morning egg scramble with fresh vegetables, oregano and olive oil. But on the dessert side, I love making crêpes with warm, sweet fillings!
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Sooooo breakfast at Sommer’s?!? HECK YES! :)
I use my frying pan mostly for eggs.
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My favorite thing to cook in a fry pan is sweet and spicy wings.
French toast & eggs! YUMMY!
Love to cook eggs in a fry pan. That and sauteing mushrooms / onion etc.
You know that I am a huge salad fan….;-)) This looks so inviting!
I love a poached or fried egg on top of a salad! It’s that hot/cold attraction and that the yolk blends with the dressing! Now as for those crutons…oh boy, I could see me nibbling along the way with those!!
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I’d saute some fish with fresh greens & garlic, if I win!
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This breakfast looks amazing!
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I love making sauted haricot verts with garlic in my fry pan.
Finally , I’m ahead of a trend! With two vegetarians in the family, we’ve been eating salad with brekkie and have been begging for side salads at restaurant breakfasts for years. Loved the idea of cinnamon toast croutons and will DEF steal that one!
Absolutely love this breakfast salad. What do i like to make in a fry oan? Probably chicken breasts!
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I use my fry pan for LOTS of things. Would love to give this one a try.
Living in Maryland, my favorite thing to fry is an Old Bay laden crabcake………..makes my mouth water just thinking of it!
I love stir frys!
Salad for breakfast – why not! Great way to start the day off with some fresh vegetables. I haven’t tried salad for breakfast yet, but I do like sauteed kale on toast for breakfast.
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I am in love with your croutons, and I know my kids will be too. The love the savory versions straight out of the bag.
As for a skillet I love to saute fresh green beans (from my garden) with some butter, salt, and pepper. Simple I know but absolutely divine and crunchy.
What a fantastic breakfast salad!!!!! My favorite thing to fry in a fry pan is fried green tomatoes! I’m am follower!
I love this salad..we had a breakfast nachos on Sunday..they were Killa!! I love making sunny side eggs..good luck with your giveaway!!
I do omlets in the fry pan all the time…it also is the best pan for sunny side up. I really need this giveaway!
Oh my gosh, are you kidding me? I’m starving right now. I want. Fantastic recipe and a good excuse to get some friends over for breakfast!
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I’d never turn up my nose at salad for breakfast. Especially not one as pretty as this! Favourite thing to cook in a frypan? BACON!
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Yum, that looks like one tasty breakfast!
My favorite meal to make in a fry pan is seared salmon.
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Wow this breakfast dish looks amazing!! I would also love to win that pan and I’d cook up eggs for a delicious egg sandwich! :)
I like to saute fresh squash and onions with basil and a drizzle of lemon juice. Yum!
Cinnamon Toast Croutons…ingenious, how lovely they would be in a strawberry spinach salad!
I love making fried eggs with sauted mushrooms, bell pepper and onion! Yum!
I have never liked any nonstick pan I have ever tried, so I would love to try these, I hear such good things about them. And the salad looks lovely!
Wow what a fantastic breakfast that is! I too could eat that whole pan of croutons. Dangerous. I love those pans and would love to win one! My favorite thing to cook recently is chicken fried rice. My family loves it and we are having it once a week now! Come over and visit us today. Great grilled squash recipe.
You had me from the moment I saw the egg! Breakfast is far and above my favorite meal of the day, but I’ve never even considered having a salad for it! I think that Adelle Davis quote is spot on. Our family would probably do without the cinnamon croutons (or maybe just those by themselves), but the rest will be on the menu some morning.
The favorite thing to cook in a skillet? Eggs, of course!
Wah…I want those cute looking pans..they are not for me. My eyes could not move beyond those lovely Cinnamon Toast Croutons! What a wonderful idea it is, Sommer. Simply awesome..a treasure to keep.
I have to admit my favorite thing to cook up in a skillet is….tofu! Big surprise, eh? But it’s true! We’re definitely in the market for new pans so thanks for sharing this info. Can’t wait to check ’em out!
My new favorite thing to cook in a fry pan is your recipe for Gambas al Ajillo. We are addicted!
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A breakfast salad!?! How brilliant! Looks wonderful!
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We saute a LOT of potatoes, but I think my favorite is cheesy scrambled eggs~
Eggs with a runny yolk. LOVE
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I’ll have to agree with you and say it is to fry an egg! :)
Veggie burgers! I have an awesome copycat burger recipe from Houston’s restaurant!!!! I make about 20 at a time, freeze them, them take them out one by one as I need them. They fry up fast, easy, and yummy in minutes!!
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I use fry pans everyday for just about anything…..this morning it was scrambled eggs for the kids.
I love the idea of a breakfast salad.
When I have a little extra time I love to get greens from our garden (arugula or swiss chard right now) to stick on some bread with goat cheese and an egg. So the salad idea definitely talks to me.
I’ve seen a lot of salads with watermelon too, it would be perfect for breakfast too…
I think my favorite thing to do in the pan is a stir-fry. So many variations available.
Hmmm… only one thing? I guess eggs. I love a fried egg with a runny yolk!
what a fun idea to make a breakfast salad, the cinnamon toast croutons is an excellent touch!
I love to saute fresh vegetables with tofu, but I am definitely going to try your breakfast salad. What an interesting (and yummy) idea!