Besides extravagant dinners and teas, most of my diet this summer has been oatmeal and salads. However, once in a while I like to change it up and make the salad kind of fun. I love this take on the classic salad Lyonnaise especially since it's jam packed with flavor. Dandelion greens are very bitter and similar to arugula and the tangy, pungent dressing is a great accompaniment to the salty bacon and creaminess of the egg yolk. I could eat this salad every day if given the opportunity, but next time I will briefly saute the greens in the dressing to offset the bitterness just a bit. The deep flavor in the croutons is strangely addictive and I will make them again for future salads...and snacking. In terms of salad, this is more luxurious in taste and texture, but hopefully the health qualities of dandelion greens will make you feel less guilty in it's consumption. This is a great simple salad to go on your regular rotation.
Dandelion Salad with Poached Eggs and Bacon
(Adapted from Earth to Table as found on Serious Eats)
Makes 2 servings
For the croutons:
1 cup stale bread, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary (can also used minced thyme)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
For the salad:
2 slices center cut bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 small shallot, minced
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons whole grain Dijon mustard
2 cups dandelion leaves, washed and patted dry
For the eggs:
2 large eggs
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. In a bowl, toss the bread with the olive oil, rosemary, and salt. Spread onto the baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the bread is golden brown. Set aside to cool slightly.
While the croutons are baking, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp and the fat renders, about 7-10 minutes. Remove the bacon from the pan using a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Leave about a tablespoon of oil in the pan. Add the shallots, vinegar, and Dijon vinegar to the pan. Use a wooden spoon to scrape off any bits off the bottom of the pan. Stir quickly to bring the dressing together, cover to keep warm.
Crack each egg into a small bowl or ramekin. Fill a small saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and add a splash of vinegar. Using a spoon, create a well in the water and add the egg. Quickly cover the egg with water and cook for 2-4 minutes until the whites have set and the yolk is still runny.
In a large bowl, toss the dandelion greens with the dressing, bacon, and croutons. Arrange the salad on plates and top with the poached egg. Serve immediately.