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Egg on a Salad with Sundried Tomato Ranch

Egg on a Salad with Avocado, Sweet Onion, Hosta Flowers & Sundried Tomato Ranch Dressing

Let’s re-define the idea of egg salad, shall we? I mean, who decided that “egg salad” should be a bunch of chopped hardboiled eggs with mayonnaise on bread? Excuse me, but how is that a salad? I don’t mean to knock the traditional egg salad sandwich … there’s a comforting charm in a well-made egg salad sandwich, but I have to tell you, when I think salad, I think greens. To me, a salad really needs greens before it deserves to be called a salad.

Yesterday I redefined the whole concept of “egg salad” in my mind. I put a fried egg on my salad. Really, it’s nothing new, but it’s new to me … it’s been done before … I’ve seen it, but the idea of putting a fried egg on a salad sounded completely crazy to me. A fried egg? on a REAL salad? With greens? Seriously?

Egg on a Salad with Avocado, Sweet Onion, Hosta Flowers & Sundried Tomato Ranch Dressing

It sounded so completely weird to me until I made this sundried tomato ranch dressing. And my friend Melissa said to me: it would be great on eggs. Oh. my. gosh. YES! A fried egg, over easy, with that beautiful bright yellow messy, runny yolk … and toast … and crunchy green salad … oh let’s toss on some avocado too … oh yes! It’s brilliant! I could eat this forever … I made it again today. It’s like the quickest meal ever. And it’s SOooooo goood!

It is the sundried tomato ranch dressing that makes this brilliant. Without it, it’s just eggs oozing all over my greens and yeah not really that exciting at all … but add that dressing and some crunchy toast and I’m happy as a clam.

(Are clams really happy? I sure hope so, cuz otherwise it would make NO sense to say “happy as a clam” … then again, we don’t really know that they are happy, so why do we say that?)

Whatever. This egg salad made me happy. Like giggly from my toes to my nose kinda happy. I will never, ever, think of egg salad the same way again.

Egg on a Salad with Avocado, Sweet Onion, Hosta Flowers & Sundried Tomato Ranch Dressing

Egg on a Salad with Avocado, Sweet Onion & Sundried Tomato Ranch Dressing

I got so excited talking about the salad I forgot to tell you about the flowers! They are hosta flowers … the flowers of hostas, like hosta leaves, are edible. You probably have some growing in your yard. They taste like salad. And they are insanely beautiful, on or off a salad.

  • Mixed spring greens with spinach (or whatever greens you’d like to use …)
  • Green bell pepper, chopped
  • Sweet onion, sliced and chopped
  • Avocado, sliced and/or cut into chunks
  • Organic hosta flowers (or other edible organic flowers … totally optional but they look pretty! make sure yours aren’t sprayed with nasty lawn chemicals before eating, though)
  • Eggs, 1 for each salad
  • Thin slices of french bread or baguette, toasted
  • Sundried tomato ranch salad dressing (recipe here)

Directions:

  1. First mix up the dressing and set it aside.
  2. Make a good bed of greens in your salad bowl and tuck in some onion, avocado, and bell pepper. Add a few flowers if you like, around the edge, leaving a good space in the center for the egg.
  3. Spray a frying pan with cooking spray and heat to medium heat. Crack a fresh egg into the pan and season with Red Robin Seasoning (or salt) and freshly ground pepper. Cook it sunny side up or over easy, whatever you prefer.
  4. Toast the bread while the egg is cooking, then spread the ranch dressing on the bread slices.
  5. When the egg is done to your liking, set it gently on top of the salad. Top with the ranch (or serve on the side), and serve with the toast.

Fried Egg on a Salad with Avocado, Sweet Onion & Sundried Tomato Ranch Dressing

This recipe was shared at Tastetastic ThursdayFit & Fabulous FridayFoodie Friends FridaySummer Salad Sunday and Manic Monday.

22 responses

  1. I love poached eggs on spinach salad! Your dressing sounds like it would be fantastic, going to have to try that.

    July 11, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you … I’m running low on it already … going to have to go get some more sundried tomatoes so I can make it again!

      July 12, 2012 at 7:44 am

  2. This sounds lovely! I like poached egg on grilled romaine with bacon and ranch (something a local restaurant serves). This looks tasty too.

    July 12, 2012 at 5:45 am

    • Ann

      Thank you Heidi! That grilled romaine salad sounds very similar. I bet it’s yummy :)

      July 12, 2012 at 7:43 am

  3. Another fantastic recipe! Love it!

    July 12, 2012 at 7:44 am

    • Ann

      thanks Lauren … it was a “I need something quick for lunch, what do I have in the fridge” kinda recipe!

      July 12, 2012 at 10:40 am

  4. egg me on

    I’m for ANY kind of egg salad. Looks great!

    July 12, 2012 at 8:54 am

    • Ann

      thank you … it’s delish! :)

      July 12, 2012 at 10:41 am

  5. Believe it or not that salad has a bit of an Asian flare. I swear in HK they put fried eggs on so many dishes. It is really big here.

    July 12, 2012 at 9:14 am

    • Ann

      Thanks for mentioning that … I did not think of it that way at all! And Asians eat hostas too, don’t they?

      July 12, 2012 at 10:42 am

  6. A girl after my own heart :) sharing this and making it too! xoxo

    July 12, 2012 at 9:56 am

    • Ann

      It’s all your fault, Melissa! All you had to say was “it would be great on eggs” and the wheels in my head started spinning.

      July 12, 2012 at 10:43 am

  7. Fried eggs are becoming superstars in the culinary world and I’m so glad to see it. Love your application!

    July 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    • Ann

      They deserve to be! So delicious and versatile! Thanks :)

      July 13, 2012 at 12:51 pm

  8. My curiosity has the best of me….I am going to try this. Thank you for linking to Foodie Friends Friday.

    July 13, 2012 at 3:05 pm

  9. WOW! The photos look amazing and so does this salad. Love the egg on top and I’m sure that tomato dressing is great. Thanks for joining Foodie Friends Friday! Please come next week with another great recipe!

    July 14, 2012 at 7:52 pm

  10. How did you know I was craving a salad with an egg on top??? You are awesome! <3

    July 16, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    • Ann

      LOL Bobbi! That’s funny … I just thought it would be a quick and easy meal for a manic Monday night :)

      July 16, 2012 at 3:34 pm

  11. I agree with you about the egg – fried or poached would do it for me, and yes please to your sundried tomato ranch dressing :) Thanks for sharing this with Summer Salad Sundays, look forward to seeing you again soon.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    • Ann

      I’ll be back! I make salads all the time in the summer …

      July 18, 2012 at 10:04 pm

  12. Goos Morning Ann :) I just wanted to let you know that your recipe was featured on today’s Manic Monday http://bobbiskozykitchen.blogspot.com/2012/07/manic-monday-party-7.html

    July 23, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    • Ann

      Yay! Thank you so much, Bobbi :)

      July 23, 2012 at 12:24 pm

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