Salad for Breakfast

Get your greens in early this morning — but don't skimp on the bacon.

a yellow bowl filled with greens, an egg, strips of bacon, and sliced radishes

Kelsey Hansen

Total Time:
20 mins
2 1/2 cups plus one egg

Sick of the heavy, sugary breakfast foods that sound so good the night before but leave you feeling sluggish? Meet Salad For Breakfast—it has all the right ingredients to make your day a success. Brightly colored radishes, spinach, and lentils give you the variety your body craves, while bacon, eggs, and hash browns give you the comfort of a traditional breakfast. Top it all with a red wine vinaigrette and both body and mind will be satisfied until lunch.

Switching out your typical breakfast with salad, whether it's a bagel on the run or a stack of pancakes, has some notable benefits. Starting out with more vegetables for breakfast means you're getting more whole foods in your diet straight off the bat. That means more nutrients like fiber, minerals, and vitamins. A well-balanced breakfast salad like this one can make all the difference in your day.

If you're looking to make this a vegetarian meal, you're allowed to skimp on the bacon! Instead, for that crunchy and savory taste, give fried shallots a try. Roughly diced and mixed with salt, butter, and some olive oil, they're perfect alternatives for bacon bits.

The beauty of salad recipes is that you can switch out most of the ingredients depending on what you're craving. Not feeling radishes? Slice up some carrots instead. Tired of lentils? Try chickpeas and a dash of sriracha sauce. The combinations are endless when it comes to a breakfast salad.


  • ¼ cup slivered radishes

  • 1-2 tablespoons bottled salad dressing, such as red wine vinaigrette

  • 1 patty, oval frozen hash brown patty

  • 1 to 2 slices bacon

  • 1 egg

  • 1 cup mixed baby greens or arugula

  • ½ cup packaged cooked lentils, warmed, or canned chickpeas, warmed rinsed, and drained

  • 1 tsp sriracha or chili crisp, optional


  1. Preheat air-fryer at 400°F. In a medium bowl toss together radishes and vinaigrette.

  2. Meanwhile, place hash brown patty in air-fryer basket; coat lightly with vegetable oil. Air-fry, turning once, until browned and crisp, 8 minutes (or follow package directions to cook in conventional oven).

  3. In a 6- to 8-inch skillet cook bacon over medium until crisp; drain on paper towels, reserving drippings.

  4. In same skillet cook egg in drippings over medium until whites are set, edges are frizzled, and yolk is just thickened, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.

  5. Add greens to bowl with radishes; toss to coat.

  6. Arrange greens and lentils in a bowl.

    Test Kitchen Tip: To warm lentils or chickpeas, place in a small bowl. Microwave, loosely covered, until warmed, 45 to 60 seconds.

  7. Top with egg, bacon, and hash brown. Drizzle with chili crisp (if using).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

554 Calories
31g Fat
42g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 553.8
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31.3g 40%
Saturated Fat 6.8g 34%
Cholesterol 216.6mg 72%
Sodium 774.8mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 42.4g 15%
Dietary Fiber 16.8g 60%
Total Sugars 4.8g
Protein 29.5g
Vitamin D 1.1mcg 6%
Vitamin C 42.3mg 212%
Calcium 337.8mg 26%
Iron 6.9mg 38%
Potassium 1002mg 21%
Fatty acids, total trans 0.1g
Vitamin D 45.8IU
Alanine 1.4g
Arginine 1.9g
Ash 5.3g
Aspartic acid 2.9g
Caffeine 0mg
Carotene, alpha 129.2mcg
Choline, total 291.3mg
Copper, Cu 0.5mg
Cystine 0.4g
Energy 2316.7kJ
Fluoride, F 2.3mcg
Folate, total 246.2mcg
Glutamic acid 3.9g
Glycine 1.1g
Histidine 0.8g
Isoleucine 1.3g
Leucine 2.2g
Lysine 2g
Methionine 0.6g
Magnesium, Mg 101.2mg
Manganese, Mn 1.6mg
Niacin 5.3mg
Phosphorus, P 511.8mg
Pantothenic acid 2.4mg
Phenylalanine 1.3g
Phytosterols 2mg
Proline 1.2g
Retinol 86.4mcg
Selenium, Se 32.1mcg
Serine 1.4g
Starch 7.3g
Theobromine 0mg
Threonine 1.1g
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 3.7mg
Tryptophan 0.3g
Tyrosine 0.9g
Valine 1.5g
Vitamin A, IU 14749.2IU
Vitamin A, RAE 809mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.7mg
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 820.3mcg
Water 341.4g
Zinc, Zn 3.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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