so now that i know that i actually like hard boiled eggs, i’m all about adding them to salads, like this spinach salad with bacon and hard boiled eggs! for years, whenever i saw a salad with hard boiled eggs on a restaurant menu, i would skip right past it. now when i’m making salads for myself at home, i’m adding eggs to turn the salad into a filling (and delicious) meal.
and that’s just what i did with this spinach salad with bacon and hard boiled eggs. when composing this salad in my mind, i wanted to create a hearty, late winter/maybe-early-spring-if-we-squint-hard-enough salad that had a variety of textures and flavors.
i started with baby spinach for a nice, mild leafy green base. then i layered in thinly sliced red cabbage (total fridge staple, by the way: it keeps well for weeks and adds such a nice crunch to salads, burgers, tacos, sandwiches… everything! i use it at least once, if not more, every day.) and radishes for crunch. if radishes have appeared at your farmers’ market, grab ‘em! if not, the grocery store can fill in the gaps for those of us in the more northern climates. they probably won’t have that peppery bite of good, fresh radishes, but at least we’ll have some crunch and color.
next, the hard boiled eggs provide a creamy contrast to the crunchy bits and the cherry tomatoes add little pops of bright flavor. then i added crumbled bacon (which you could skip if you’re vegetarian) and sliced olives for a briny kick. i’ve been adding sliced olives to my giant lunch salad everyday recently and i’m totally into it.
my usual go-to salad dressing is extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, and dijon mustard but this time i veered slightly – just slightly – from my standard and used red wine vinegar in place of the lemon juice. keeping the dressing simple and bright helped to balance out all of the creamy (eggs) and bold (bacon and olives) flavors that we have going on.
in the end, we have a filling entrée salad for two people or fun side salads for four people. or you could scale up if, say, you had a dozen hard boiled eggs laying around (literally) and a bunch of people coming over for dinner. i think this spinach salad with bacon and hard boiled eggs would look great sharing the table with whatever it is that people put on the table at easter. lamb? ham? i’ve never been clear on the food protocol for easter, beyond chocolate bunnies and jelly beans.
anyway, spinach salad with bacon and hard boiled eggs is a good complement for any and all of those things. or, you know, in my case, on a random wednesday night when i want a healthy and hearty dinner that won’t take a year and a half to make. whiiicch is basically every wednesday night, come to think of it.
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