I had the most unusual craving tonight. I was craving a fried egg on a salad. Strange, I know. I don’t ever remember seeing one before, but it just flew into my head as I was getting ready to prepare dinner. I had already marinated some locally-grown heirloom tomatoes and red onions in oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, dab brown mustard, salt, pepper and a dash of sugar. I decided to toss some lettuce in with it, threw in some bleu cheese crumbles and added some of my candied pecans I had leftover from another recipe earlier in the week. Then, it was simply a matter of frying an egg and placing it on top. It was runny; it had to be. That’s what I was craving. Good grief, someone help me… LOL. The verdict is that it is FABULOUSLY delicious. My teen daughter gives it two-thumbs up. Yay.
This salad is so delicious. It was a huge hit in our home. It’s probably not the healthiest as it uses ramen noodles, but considering it serves 10 I’m not so concerned about it. It is an awesome dish to make for a summer gathering. I modified it somewhat in that I used 1/2 cup oil instead of 3/4 cup. I also roasted the slivered almonds in the oven @350 for about 8 minutes, but be sure to watch as they can go from golden to burnt very quickly. I also cooked the dry noodles up in a pan with 2 TBL of butter until golden, too. I used one of the chicken flavor packets that came with the ramen, but go by what tastes good to you.
Oh yes I did say that. I massaged my lettuce. This salad is delicious and doesn’t need any dressing because the avocado is dressing enough. I had some fantastic lettuce that I got from our local farm as part of a CSA share I purchased. It is pesticide and GMO free. Can’t get much better than that. Cut one or two avocados in half and then using clean hands simply squeeze the fleshy avocado part, minus pit and peel, over the bowl of lettuce. Use your hands to massage it into all the lettuce. Time to roll up your sleeves and get messy. Totally brings back memories of playing with my food as a kid. A spoon simply will not do. Add whatever other salad-fixins you want. I usually squeeze a bit of lemon over it, too, and toss in some coarsely-ground pepper. If you add some chopped up onions and tomatoes then it’s almost like guacamole on your salad. Add nuts, seeds, croutons, whatever. Simple, yet really, really tasty 🙂