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Warm Spinach Salad with Fried Egg and Potatoes

We like a soft-cooked egg for the "sauce" it makes for the salad, but a firmer fried egg is tasty, too; cook it a minute or two longer before covering the skillet.

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  • Servings: 4
Warm Spinach Salad with Fried Egg and Potatoes

Source: Everyday Food, December Winter 2007


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 baking potatoes (about 1 pound total), scrubbed and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 bunches flat-leaf spinach (2 pounds total), thick stems removed, leaves washed well and roughly torn
  • 2 ounces Parmesan, shaved with a vegetable peeler
  • 4 large eggs


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons
    oil over medium. Add potatoes; season with salt and pepper. Cook, tossing occasionally, until potatoes are tender and browned, 12 to 14 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine remaining 2 tablespoons oil with vinegar, mustard, and shallot; season with salt and pepper, and whisk to combine. Add spinach and Parmesan (do not toss); set aside.

  3. When potatoes are done cooking, immediately transfer to bowl with spinach and dressing (reserve skillet). Toss salad until spinach is slightly wilted, and divide among four plates.

  4. Heat skillet over medium, and gently crack eggs into skillet without breaking yolks; season with salt and pepper. Cook until whites are almost set, about 1 minute. Cover, turn off heat, and let stand until whites are just set but yolks are still soft, about 2 minutes more. Top each salad with a fried egg, and serve immediately.

Reviews (19)

  • ilovebrooklyn 30 Nov, 2014

    Super amazing! Just made this for brunch. But I would cook the potatoes longer next time, 12-14 mins didn't do it for me, perhaps boil them a few minutes first. Otherwise really great recipe!

  • Samps 21 Sep, 2012

    This is one of my favorite breakfast meals. I've made it for a large group on Christmas and it works great for that as long as you have a big electric, flat grill so you can fry several eggs at once. The sauce is amazing and how all the flavors come together and wilt the spinach just perfectly.

  • jhammondyny 17 Aug, 2011

    I have made and enjoyed this recipe as written, but tonight I tried a variation that was equally successful. A member of our household is on a no-carb diet, so I substituted zucchini for the potatoes. Everyone agreed it was just a delicious as the original recipe, so I pass along the suggestion.

  • lannyball 4 Feb, 2010

    This salad is delicious! Wow! Just made it tonight for the first time, and was extremely happy. The blend of parmesan, shallot and vinegar was money! It is also very quick. I HIGHLY recommend this one!

  • starltgirl 13 Sep, 2009

    i have made this several times it is great! I add just a pinch of sugar to the dressing.

  • sushislut 4 Mar, 2009

    This is not terribly complex to whip up

  • chox 11 Feb, 2009

    I concur with "yummmmmm"

  • blainej83709 30 Jan, 2009

    I have already made this 5 times! IT'S AWESOME! yummmmmm

  • blainej83709 30 Jan, 2009

    I've already made this 5 times! I LOVE IT! awesome!!!

  • Mittmah 16 Jan, 2009

    This sounds so good. I'm going to make it today.

  • Mittmah 16 Jan, 2009

    This sounds so good. I'm going to make it today.

  • nmginny 18 Dec, 2008

    I love this recipe!!! It is a comfort food for me. My one change is to use a sweet potato.

  • pomme71 22 Nov, 2008

    I didn't have red wine vinegar, so I used balsamic, and it was deeeelicious!!

  • at0micgirl 20 Nov, 2008

    My whole household ended up trying this and they all wanted the recipe too! Delicious - and I'm a picky eater! And I didn't have red wine vinegar, but we took some interesting red wine (new) and mixed to some apple cider vinegar. Worked great!

  • vailgirl 19 Nov, 2008

    i made this for dinner last night and it was delicious! i used items I had in the fridge only. i had only yellow mustard instead of brown but added a bit of horseradish to kick it up. I also added bacon since I had 2 slices left in the fridge. I also used and onion instead of a shallot. My husband was so surprised how delicious it was for a dinner entree!

  • Katharine155 18 Nov, 2008

    Delicious! Loved it.

  • NancyJKB 18 Nov, 2008

    loved it !

  • diannam 18 Nov, 2008

    Must confess I am a Martha addict, but this recipe just got the gag reflexes going. Bleah!

  • saramechelle 22 Oct, 2008

    Very tasty! You can easily get the dressing made, drinks poured, and the table set while the potatoes are cooking.

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