A very simple salad

Sometimes a very simple salad is the best thing you could have on the dinner table. It was a side to the main meal but had a starring role all the same.

 It's been a long week with festivities at work and naughty foods and mounds of paperwork that makes me feel like I am in Dilbert-Land.

 Then we get home and life begins. Healthy food, relaxing atmosphere, a laid back pace. Sometimes a bottle of wine gets opened.  Just sayin'.


This is a salad that feels like a cheat as far as recipes goes.  The superstar ingredient is a warm egg.

These eggs come from  free ranging yard birds who are pampered, having their treats of sweet potato, tomatoes, grapes and such cut in small pieces so they can feast.  These chicken don't know what stress is and thus, they provide wonderful large eggs with deep orangey yolks.


My coworker has chickens and when I give her enough warning, she will bring me a dozen fresh eggs from her spoiled hens.  What a deal as she charges me only $3 a dozen and these eggs are days old at the most.

I place them in water and after the boil, let them go about 4 minutes.  The results are yolks that aren't cooked all the way through, just enough ooey-ness to compliment a spinach salad.

While I am tearing up the spinach leaves I am also sauteing  halved cherry tomatoes and mushrooms in olive oil.  Toss in some oregano and them combine the cool spinach, hot tomato mixture and the semi boiled egg to make a wonderful marriage of flavors.

This is something we don't want to get tired of having so I can't make it as much as I want it.  Make sense?  This salad will continue to grace our table in 2017 with healthy meals.

I've fallen off the wagon a little between good bourbon and chocolate and the occasional pizza but we all need to cut loose sometimes.  Moderation, that's what it's all about.  Looking forward to sharing more good meals and experiences with you in the new year.

Merry Christmas, my friends!

Linking up to Deb at Kahakai Kitchen for her Souper Sunday and with Beth Fish's Weekend Cooking Series.  Deb's linkup for Souper Sunday this week may be found HERE.  Join us!



Katherine P said...

That salad sounds perfect! I'm already feeling over saturated with rich food and we haven't even hit the big feasts yet! I've started buying "pasture raised" eggs at Whole Foods for a small fortune but they have the delicious orange-y yolks like the ones you're talking about and are so worth it!

Vicki said...

Oh does that look good! I'll leave the mushrooms out though :)

Merry Christmas to you, Doug, & Aja!

~~louise~~ said...

Sometimes one just NEEDS a salad Tina! I've been falling off the wagaon lately myself lol. I figure I may as well just keep it that way until the new year, lol...However, a simple refreshing salad sometimes is just as good as a pice of chocolate cake if the timing is right!!! Thanks for sharing...

Dear Tina, I must tell you how much I value all the cherished words you have spoken the past few years. It has been quite a journey my friend. You've always been honest and encouraging and I do appreciate it. Things have been going well here and Im hoping they are also in your little corner of the world. Enjoy that hubby of yours and that family of yours especially that grandchild:) I hope Doug is feeling better and mind you, I have every intention of visiting Florida in my travels. I will think of you when I do!!!

May you and yours have a Blessed and Merry Christmas and a Happy, Safe and Healthy New Year!!! Be well Tina...

Mae Travels said...

A four-minute egg is a great idea for adding to a salad. I think it would be good with quite a few vegetable combinations. Great idea!

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Claudia said...

Good salad idea, as I like to have a salad or at least some good veggie side with dinner, so appreciate a new twist on simple salads. Funny we also get spoiled chicken eggs from a friend - and for $3.too! Merry Christmas!

Beth F said...

Lucky you with the eggs! The salad is the perfect foil for holiday eating. I may have to try something similar next week.

Tina said...

Merry Christmas, ladies, and thank you for your lovely comments! I love this simple salad and wanted to share even though, as I said, it's not much of a recipe. I hope you all are enjoying a wonderful holiday and stay safe and warm and happy.

Deb in Hawaii said...

I love warm eggs on salads and this looks like a great combination of ingredients and flavors. Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week. Merry Christmas! ;-)

Tina said...

Thank you for hosting, Deb. It's always a pleasure to link up. I hope you had a great Christmas!

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